Shame to Pride: Treating Gay Men in Heterosexual Marriages

Presenter: Mark Falango, LCSW, CSAT
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 10 am – 12 pm | 2 CEs
(Please arrive at 9:30 am for registration, refreshments and socialization.)
Location: Elkins Park, PA
Location: Glenside, PA

This presentation will explore the complex dynamics of working with an often misunderstood population: gay men in heterosexual marriages. As these men embark upon a journey to develop their authentic selves, they must overcome shame, fear and guilt while managing the trauma of disclosure their wives experience. In working with this population, clinical social workers are confronted with multiple challenges and needs that must be attended to: recovery from shame and trauma, relational work on healthy relationship, and guidance on supporting their traumatized wives. Incorporating case studies, this presentation will highlight a phased, task-focused treatment approach to help clinical social workers in working with this unique population.

Clinical Objectives:

  • Identify the reasons gay men enter into heterosexual marriages and the dynamics of the mixed sexual orientation marriage.
  • Outline a phase-oriented, task-focused treatment approach to help these men in their recovery.
  • Identify the ways in which these men can live more authentic lives whether they choose to stay in their marriage or leave the marriage to pursue a homosexual relationship.
  • Identify the challenges wives face upon discovery or disclosure that their husband is gay.

About the Presenter:
Mark Falango, LCSW, CSAT, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist in full time private practice in New Hope, PA. Mr. Falango specializes in the treatment of addictions, sexual compulsivity, and trauma. Since 1996 he has worked with individuals, couples, and families and has extensive experience working with issues specific to the LBGT community. He also facilitates recovery groups for men struggling with sex addiction. His earlier clinical experience includes working in inpatient psychiatric settings, employee assistance programs, and providing trauma intervention services with emergency service personnel. In addition to his psychotherapy practice, he provides consultative services, including executive coaching and management development programs, to a range of non-profit and corporate clients. Mr. Falango received his Bachelors Degree from New York University, his Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and post-graduate training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York and with the International Institute for Addiction and Trauma Professionals.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.

No refund will be issued if less than 48-hours notice is given for this program.
This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS:  This program is approved for credits.  Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • October 16, 2016
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm