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Same Labels, Different Determinants: Queer Men's Mental Health

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This full-day workshop is being offered on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 for all service providers & educators that work with gay/queer men.

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Workshop Description We often reduce mental health to diagnostic labels, wellness to the absence of symptoms, and queer men's health to prevalence rates. If we take an exploratory approach to mental health and wellness we can begin to unravel some of the specific determinants of mental health concerns that nurses, social workers, and educators see in their work with queer and trans guys.  As a racialized queer psychotherapist, Rahim Thawer will seek to examine the issues queer men come up against that impact their wellbeing. Specifically, this workshop will explore the concepts of internalized shame, body image, substance use, and conflicting relationship scripts as specific determinants of queer men's mental health. READ MORE HERE: http://affectiveconsult.ca/queer-men's-mh.php

This full-day workshop is being offered on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 for all service providers and educators that work with gay/queer men. ZOOM info will be sent to participants the day before.

Flat Fee: $50 USD | Students (undergrad/graduate) $25 USD

Speaker Bio Rahim Thawer is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist based in Toronto. He works on a health team and as a consultant in private practice. He operates from a harm reduction, sex-positive, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach providing psychotherapy to newcomer, racialized, queer, trans and HIV-affected communities. He also facilitates training for organizations around anti-racism/anti-oppression, queer men’s mental health, and becoming more trauma-informed. Rahim provides clinical supervision to graduate students and front line workers and teaches as a contract lecturer at post-secondary institutions. He developed curricula for a number of courses in Centennial College’s Addiction & Mental Health Worker Program before its launch in Fall 2016. Rahim is a co-editor of a local history anthology entitled Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer and he volunteers with Salaam Canada, a national LGBTQ Muslim organization, as part of the Core Organizing Team.   

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