This class is designed to help clinicians and others interested in understanding the particular challenges that gay men face in trying to form meaningful relationships in the age of Internet sex and “dating” sites. In this workshop, we will explore how gay men today are meeting, hooking-up and developing relationships using the Internet—and how these behaviors are creating their own set of addictive patterns. Using the book they co-authored, Gay Warrior: Transforming Betrayal into Wisdom, we will explore issues of gay development from an addictions model. Specifically, we will focus on the connection between Internet sex addiction and the gay man’s likelihood of staying stuck in emotional adolescence. As importantly, we will address how these trends are influencing the dating/mating behaviors within mainstream culture.
Psychotherapists Jim Fickey, Ph.D., and Gary Grimm, M.A., LPCC, have been in private practice in Santa Fe for over 25 years. Some of their specialties include gay & lesbian issues, addictions, couples counseling and group psychotherapy.