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AAPCSW Journal Salon: An Intersubjective Self Psychology Approach to Affirmative Therapy

September 14th, 2022 | Virtual


Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Fee: FREE (Open to Public)
Location: Virtual via ZOOM.
For more info, contact: Joel Kanter, joel.kanter@gmail.com

Online Registration



A discussion with Nick Santo, MSW, DSW of his recent article “Transcending Pathological Accommodation: An Intersubjective Self Psychology Approach to Affirmative Therapy” published in AAPCSW's Journal of Psychoanalytic Social Work. It is highly recommended that all participants read the article in advance which can be accessed and downloaded from a link to the journal on the AAPCSW website (*).


Nick Santo, DSW, LCSW received his MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and his DSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work. He is an adjunct instructor at NYU and Fordham University. He teaches clinical practice, human behavior, and social work practice with LGBTQIA+ individuals. He also maintains a private practice in New York specializing in work with LGBTQ+ adults on relationships, depression, anxiety, and trauma.


Connie Catrone, DSW, LCSW

Article Citation: Nicholas Santo (2022) Transcending Pathological Accommodation: An Intersubjective Self Psychology Approach to Affirmative Therapy, Psychoanalytic Social Work, 29:1,74-90

Article Abstract: Minority stress, including that experienced by sexual minority (SM) individuals, has been studied extensively in social and developmental contexts. Still, sexual orientation microaggressions (i.e., exposure to frequent heterosexist/homophobic language) can persist within the family structure. The focus of this paper is on the internalization of these experiences and the deleterious impact they could have on identity and developed systems of pathological accommodation, referring to attempts at rejecting one's sexual identity to achieve acceptance from parents. A composite case is presented to demonstrate the effects of persistent discriminatory events within the family structure; this serves as a set of model scenes, that in aggregate, can lead to internalized homophobia. This paper explores a treatment process that integrates concepts of intersubjective self psychology and affirmative therapy to arrive at a theoretical approach that helps to mitigate internalized homophobia as can be present in gay identifying male clients.

(*) To access the article, sign in to the AAPCSW website. At the bottom of the page with “Member Center” at the top, click the link to online access for Psychoanalytic Social Work. Then on the next page, click where it says “Click here to access the journal” and you will get to the journal webpage. Click the link to Volume 29 and Issue 1 (2022) and then click the article to read and download.