Treating LGBTQ Patients

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This presentation then outlines some common clinical questions raised by LGBTQ patients as well as ethical issues raised in these clinical encounters, with a focus on transgender issues. 

The first hour of this three-hour seminar is a presentation of some ethical issues—therapist competence, respect and up-to-date knowledge—as a basis for appropriate professional behavior toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patients. This is followed by a review of historical psychiatric attitudes towards LGBTQ patients that could be construed, at best, as patronizing and, at worst, overtly hostile.

In the second hour a Postgraduate Candidate will present a case involving a Transgender client to Dr. Drescher for group discussion.

In the third hour, Dr. Drescher will present a case entitled “A Bisexual Man’s Search for Identity”.

At the end of this presentation, attendees will

  • be cognizant of issues specific to the treatment of LGBTQ patients
  • be prepared to answer the kind of questions LGBTQ patients frequently ask of clinicians;
  • recognize important ethical principles salient to the treatment of LGBTQ patients.

Seminar Information


November 4, 2022


2:00 pm-5:00 p.m. EST


Online, live via Zoom


3 CEUs available for New York State Psychologists, Social Workers LMFT and LMHC


$75 – General Admission
$50 – Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student
$25 – Derner student/Postgraduate candidate

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Jack Drescher, MD

Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and a Faculty Member at Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health. He is a Senior Psychoanalytic Consultant at Columbia’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute.

Dr. Drescher is an elected Director-at-Large of the American Psychoanalytic Association and serves as a member of APsaA’s Committee on Public Information and the Committee on Gender and Sexuality. He serves as a consultant to the Sexual & Gender Diversity Studies Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association and presently serves on IPA’s Communications Committee.

Dr. Drescher is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and a Past President of APA’s New York County Psychiatric Society. He presently serves as a corresponding member on APA’s Council on Communications.

Dr. Drescher served as Section Editor of the Gender Dysphoria Chapter in the DSM-5 Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) process (2022 publication). He served on APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders and served on the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health that revised sex and gender diagnoses in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He served on the Honorary Scientific Committee revising the 2nd edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2).

Dr. Drescher is Author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He has edited and co-edited more than a score of books dealing with gender, sexuality and the health and mental health of LGBT communities. He has authored and co-authored numerous professional articles and book chapters as well. His publications have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Finnish and German.


Dr. Ionas Sapountzis

Dr. Ionas Sapountzis, is on faculty at the Postgraduate Programs and the Director of the School Psychology program at the Derner School of Psychology as well as the Director of the Social Training Center (STC) at Adelphi University.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

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