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Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo

  • PPSC 80 5th Avenue, Room 1408 New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

"Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo"

Hani Miletski, PhD, MSW

Based on a book by the same title (Miletski, 2007), this workshop will provide an overview of existing information on this rarely discussed and published issue. Dr. Hani Miletski suggests that the mother-son incest taboo is not as strong as society’s denial of its existence. She seeks to explore this denial and to increase awareness of mother-son incest among professionals, since lack of knowledge and awareness prevents us from identifying victims and perpetrators, and from providing effective treatment interventions. 
Dr. Miletski will discuss and challenge five misconceptions which contribute to society’s denial: (1) mother-son incest occurs only when intercourse is involved; (2) boys cannot be victims of sexual abuse; (3) sexual abuse is perpetrated only by men; (4) motherly love is free of sexual intentions; and (5) mother-son incest occurs only when at least one of the parties is mentally ill.

This will be a philosophical presentation, aimed at challenging the audience and pushing participants to look inside themselves, to identify and encounter their personal barriers to recognizing mother-son incest, and to begin a discussion about this important topic. Participants will be encouraged to share stories and to take an active part in the discussion.

Hani Miletski is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is certified as a Diplomate of Sex Therapy and as a Sex Therapy Supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), has trained and supervised therapists and professionals in the field of human sexuality throughout the world, and has presented at various national and international conferences. She is the author of Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo Persists, Understanding Bestialtiy and Zoophilia, and a variety of other articles and chapters in the professional literature. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Dr. Miletski was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an officer before coming to the US at the age of 24.

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.