Type of Event: Continuing Education
Category: Cat 1 CE
Credit Hours: 2.0
DESCRIPTION: Based on a book by the same title (Miletski, 2007), this workshop will provide an overview of existing information on this rarely discussed and published issue. The presenter suggests that the mother-son incest taboo is not as strong as society's denial of its existence. She seeks to explore this denial and to increase awareness of mother-son incest among professionals, since lack of knowledge and awareness in the field prevent us from identifying victims and perpetrators, and from providing effective treatment interventions. The presenter will discuss and challenge five misconceptions that contribute to society's denial: (1) mother-son incest occurs only when intercourse is involved; (2) boys cannot be victims of sexual abuse; (3) sexual abuse is perpetrated only by men; (4) motherly love is free of sexual intentions: and (5) mother-son incest occurs only when at least one of the parties is mentally ill. This is a philosophical presentation, aimed at challenging the audience and pushing participants to look inside themselves, to identify and encounter their personal barriers to recognizing mother-son incest, and to begin a discussion about this important topic. All levels of experience are welcome.