Internalized oppression & shame

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the concept of shame and differentiate it from other experiences
  • Explore where shame originates for most people
  • Identify ways people respond to entrenched shame
  • Examine the specific cultural sources of shame for queer guys
  • Analyze 3 case scenarios and relevant clinical questions
  • Illustrate how shame shows up in queer men's culture and relationships
  • Discuss self-compassion and other support needs for queer guys
Body image

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on cultural messages around ‘good’ bodies, food, fatphobia and thin privilege 
  • Examine what body image challenges look like in queer men's communities
  • Explore and discuss counselling/clinical questions and approaches to addressing body image issues with queer men drawing on cognitive behavioral, Gestalt, and psychodynamic tools
Substance use

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore queer men's relationship to substances and distinguish how it operates compared to other communities
  • Conceptualize "problem substance use"
  • Review use of common "party drugs" and specific harm reduction strategies and messages for each
  • Discuss various views on crystal meth use and present-day contentions between 'prevention' and harm reduction
  • Evaluate utility of Structured Relapse Prevention tools to support clients who identify problem substance use
Relationships

Learning Outcomes:

  • Consider the conflicts that arise in mixed messages ("scripts") gay men have internalized from mainstream/straight and gay communities
  • Conceptualize the "traps" that arise when the clinical issues that arise from navigating casual sex and relationships are not fully processed
  • Re-frame gay men's mental health concerns as products of (or adaptations to) casual sex and relationship pressures/scripts
  • Re-Imagine the nuances and relationship permutations needed for more useful cultural representations of gay men's lives in order to foster more reconciled scripts