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Gay men are a stigmatized sexual minority more likely to experience mental health difficulties and seek out psychotherapy than the general population. The purpose of this course is to provide orienting perspectives useful to psychotherapists interested in working with gay men. The issues a patient brings to therapy are modulated by their identities, and having a working model of gay male identity development, developmental obstacles, and common psychological defenses will prove useful in clinical work with gay men. The course will consist of three sections: assessment and case formulation, therapeutic intervention, and a Q&A.


Adam Nelson, LCSW

Psychotherapist in private practice, Counterpoint Psychotherapy

Adam Nelson is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist based in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. He received a BA in English from Macalester College, an MA in clinical social work from the University of Chicago. Adam works primarily with LGBTQ patients. The name of his practice, Counterpoint Psychotherapy, borrows from the musical world and reflects his interest in the humanities, which intersect with social work to form the basis of his clinical point of view.

Course Objectives

This is a 2 CE credit hour online class that satisfies multicultural competency requirements for mental health professional continuing education (for social workers, counselors, and creative arts therapists)

  • Through this course, participants will be able to articulate three developmental obstacles faced by gay men.

  • Participants will learn three specific issues important in assessing and understanding a gay male patient.

  • Participants will learn psychodyanmic avenues of intervention to help facilitate gay male identity development.

How to Get the 2 CE Credit Hours

Attend the live course or finish it online later

  1. The 2-hour course is live.
  2. After the course, prompts will lead you to finish the course eval.
  3. Upon completion of the course eval, you will receive your 2 CE certificate in the email.
  4. After the course recording is uploaded, you can continue to access the course. 

Approved CE provider

This course CE satisfies requirements for:

  • Counselors (LPC, LCPC)
  • Social Workers (LSW, LCSW)
  • Creative Arts Therapists 

Spring Advisory, PLLC has been approved by The National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7169. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Spring Advisory, PLLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Spring Advisory is an Illinois Social Work CE Sponsor, #159.001540

The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) recognizes CE credit hours issued by NBCC Approved Continuing Education providers.