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Singer, M.C. (2002). Reenfranchising Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Psychol., 19(1):167-181.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 19(1):167-181

Reenfranchising Psychoanalysis

Michael C. Singer, Ph.D.

This article explores the meaning of disenfranchisement as it relates to the estrangement of psychoanalysis from gays and lesbians, who were not included in the original conference on the disenfranchised. This oversight is examined as part of the lag between a more inclusive stance toward gays and lesbians by psychoanalytic professional organizations and adoption of a similar inclusiveness by doctoral programs. The author examines whether these programs are honestly acknowledging their gay and lesbian students; alternative supervisory clinical vignettes are presented to illustrate their difficulties. The implications of continued avoidance of open conversation around issues of sexuality in training programs are explored in terms of the possible consequences that arise from unexamined countertransference, for both patients and therapists.

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