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Roughton, R.E. (1993). Response to Flaks's “Homophobia and the Psychologist's Role in Psychoanalytic Training Institutes”. Psychoanal. Psychol., 10(4):597.

(1993). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 10(4):597

Response to Flaks's “Homophobia and the Psychologist's Role in Psychoanalytic Training Institutes” Related Papers

Ralph E. Roughton, M.D.

I would like to respond to David Flaks's (1992) article, “Homophobia and the Psychologist's Role in Psychoanalytic Training Institutes,” by informing readers of recent steps taken by the American Psychoanalytic Association (the American).

In April 1992, by an overwhelming majority vote in the Executive Council, the words “training and supervising analysts” were added to our nondiscrimination policy statement to remove any doubt that training and supervising analysts are included in the phrase “all grades of faculty” of our previous policy statement.

Furthermore, the current leadership of the American—Bernard Pacella (President) and Marvin Margolis (Chairman, Board on Professional Standards)—has appointed a Joint Committee on Issues of Homosexuality, whose purpose is to create awareness of problems that may persist with regard to bias and discrimination and to facilitate appropriate changes in attitude and policy. The committee will hold workshops for institute representatives; advise on curriculum; and offer individual consultations to institute leaders, faculty members, and candidates who have problems to discuss.

As the Chair of this new committee, I want to assure the readers that the issue of discrimination and sexual orientation is being taken very seriously by the American. I will gladly discuss this with anyone who would like to contact me personally (1175 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30361; 404-892-7561).


Flaks, D. K. (1992). Homophobia and the Psychologist's Role in Psychoanalytic Training Institutes Psychoanal. Psychol.

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