Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City.
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Ackerman Institute for the Family
15 January, 2011
Jean has been a Faculty Member of the Ackerman Institute since 2006. He is currently the Director of the Gender and Family Project. The Gender and Family Project (GFP) provides outpatient clinical services to families with gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. He also runs a support group for parents that meets alongside a play therapy group for children facilitated by Andrea Blumenthal, LCSW and trains mental health providers on family-related gender issues. Watch video series of Jean discussing Gender Variance,Accepting Gender Variance, Children & Gender Variance, Permission for Gender Variance and Onset of Gender Variance
He also supervises students in the Live Clinical Supervision portion of the externship program where trainees have the opportunity to participate actively on a treatment team and, at times, work with families in front of a one-way mirror with live supervision. In addition, group members explore their own family’s culture of origin and its effect on practice.
He is also a member of the Ackerman Institute’s Center for Children & Relational Trauma. The Center “assists children affected by life altering trauma including family violence, the death of a parent or sibling, and sexual abuse through a therapeutic model that recognizes family relationships as the nexus of trauma and as points of access for care.”
He has also taught the Didactic Seminar in the Ackerman Institute’s Clinical Externship in Couples and Family Therapy. This course offers a bridge between clinical practice and systemic theories and supports clinicians in integrating skills and knowledge with couples and families. Watch a video about the Ackerman Institute
Workshops and Conferences
Fifty Shades of Purple: Contemporary Approaches to Gender and Sexuality with LGBT and Straight Kids, Couples and Families
Workshop, Therapy Training Boston, Friday, December 7, 9am-4:45pm
07 December, 2012
Masculinity and femininity are getting deconstructed and recreated outside of the traditional gender binary. As sexualities are declared more openly, new relationships, gay, bisexual, fluid or mixed, get formed by our clients, by our friends, by our family members, and by ourselves. This workshop offers to expand your vision of gender and sexuality and welcome new families in your office and your organization!
During this day-long workshop, Jean Malpas will share his cutting edge wisdom and experience working with kids, couples and families of all ages and from diverse cultures with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members as well as heterosexual couples and families exploring fluid sexuality and gender expression. Beyond a normative approach, the therapeutic context can support couples and families to embrace and navigate sexual and gender diversities, contributing to the development of healthy and mutually supportive relationships and communities.
The workshop will focus on multicontextual couple therapy with gay and lesbian couples, assisting non-transgender identified couples in gender transition as well as providing parents and families with gender nonconforming children and youth a safe and affirmative road map for gender and identity development. Throughout the day we will learn about: the Contemporary Sexual Identity Model, lessons for couple therapy with gay and lesbian clients including a case of non-monogamy, gender identity and development including transitioning couples as well as transgender youth and working with families of gender nonconforming children.
Through accessible language, videotape and a participatory methodology, therapists, experts and other helping professionals will have the opportunity to developing a dialogue based on real cases. For those of you already doing this work, as the day unfolds you will have the opportunity to contemplate dilemmas about the singularities of therapeutic practices with your own kids, couples and families. For those not yet immersed in working with the coninuum of gender and sexuality, you will improve your knowledge, resources and comfort level. To Register
Between Pink & Blue: Working with Gender Nonconforming Couples and Families
Lecture, New York University, School for Social Work
20 July, 2012
We live in an age in which gender expression and gender identity—behavior, dress, body image, personal style, hobbies, work choice, or even sexuality—doesn’t necessarily coincide with traditional social expectations of gender. Categories of masculine and feminine once thought permanent and mutually impermeable have proven to be neither. In this workshop, we’ll explore what gender fluidity means to children, adults, and families, and how we can help our clients embrace and live positively their diverse gender expressions. We’ll also discuss how our well-meaning assumptions about gender may actually constrict not only the growth of our clients, but our own personal and clinical development. Through clinical tapes, movies, and interactive discussions, you’ll acquire skills to differentiate issues relating to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and learn to navigate gracefully the many shades of gray relating to gender.
Expanding our Vision of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: LGBT Couples and Families in the Therapeutic Context
International Workshop with Jean Malpas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - May 13+14
16 January, 2011
One million Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals marched in Rio with their partners, friends and family in November 2010. This event, celebrating difference and denouncing oppression, shows how contemporary Brazilian families strive to live outside of the old models of gender and sexuality. Masculinity and femininity are getting deconstructed and recreated outside of the traditional gender binary. Sexualities are declared more openly, new relationships, gay, bisexual, fluid or mix, get formed by our clients, by our friends, by our family members, and by ourselves. This international workshop offers to expand your vision of gender and sexuality and welcome a million new families in your office and your organization!
During two days, Jean Malpas will share his broad professional experience of working in couple and family therapy with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender clients of different ages and cultures. Beyond a normative approach, the therapeutic context can support couples and families to respect and embrace sexual identities under a non-homophobic perspective, contributing for the development of healthy and mutually supportive relationships and communities.
Through an accessible language and a participatory methodology, therapists, experts and professionals will have the opportunity of developing a dialogue based on real cases. Also it will be possible to present questions and dilemmas about the singularities of therapeutic practices with couples and families in LGBT context, including children and teenagers.
Transgender Care: Case consultation
Saint Vincent’s Psychiatry Resident Training
02 April, 2009
Jean had the opportunity to participate to a case conference in the Department of Psychiatry at Saint Vincent’s Hospital. The live case consultation and case conference highlighted principles of transgender-affirmative clinical care as well as the importance of relational dimensions of transition (community, marriage, relationships, etc).
Working with LGBT Couples
Case Presentation, City College, City University of New York
04 December, 2008
Jean was honored to lecture in Peter Fraenkel’s “Family Systems I & II” doctoral course. Case presentations articulated the application of multi-contextual thinking with same-sex couples and relational thinking with couples going through gender transition.
Couple’s Gender Transition: Impasse and Collaboration
Brief Presentation, American Family Therapy Academy’s Annual Conference, Philadelphia
20 June, 2008
This presentation addressed couples faced with the coming out of one of the partners as transgender. The couple’s gender transition is viewed as an opportunity for either collaborative change or a risk for relational impasse. While keeping a transition-positive stance, therapists learn to handle the complexity of making room for loss, grief and unpredictable outcomes; as well as examining potential changes in the couple’s viability, sexuality and/or identity.
Ackerman’s Conference on Transnational Immigrants
Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York, NY
06 June, 2008
Dr Celia Falicov addressed a novel, bi-national, bi-cultural model for working with transnational families. She also discussed the perils and resiliencies that such families face while dealing with separations and reunions.
Case consultations on therapy with immigrant families were provided by Ackerman faculty members Miguel Hernandez, MSW, Mary Kim Brewster, PhD, and Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT.
Desire, Sexuality & Gender: Helping Couples across Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities
Conference, Chilean Family Therapy Institute, Santiago, Chile
09 May, 2008
This seminar, co-taught with Shoshana Bulow, LCSW, focused on issues of sexual orientation, sexual functioning and gender identity, integrating lecturing, case presentations and videos of cases.
Shoshana Bulow focused on the integration of sex therapy and couples therapy with a multi-issue heterosexual couple who presented with sexual dysfunction. Jean Malpas focused on multicontextual, systemic work with a gay couple presenting with issues of monogamy. Material related to transgender transition, families and gender variant children was also discussed.
Desire, Sexuality & Gender: Helping Couples Across Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities
Conference, Fundacion AIGLE, Buenos Aires, Argentina
06 May, 2008
Similar programming as in Santiago, Chile.
Multicultural Therapy with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Couples
Shinui Institute for Systemic Studies, Herzelia, Israel
26 December, 2007
The Shinui Institute’s faculty invited Shoshana Bulow and Jean Malpas to present their innovations in couples therapy. Shoshana Bulow introduced her integration of systemic and sex therapies, while I articulated issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and couples therapy.
Transgender Families: Adult & Couple Processes
Brief Presentation, AFTA Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada
20 June, 2007
Training questions addressed: How can people change gender while remaining in the relationships they have created in their natal gender? How do couples negotiate a-stereotypical genders and sexual intimacies? How does gender transition differs from and impact sexual orientation?
Couples’ Non-Monogamy and Gender Fluidity
Paper presented to the Ackerman Institute for the Family Faculty, NYC
13 December, 2006
The paper articulated how couples negotiate open relationships and monogamy as well as living outside of the “male/female” binary of gender.
Opening the Debate about Crystal Meth
Keynote presenter at Action Sero-Zero’s “Week of Sexual Health”, Montreal, Canada
04 May, 2006
“Crystal Meth and You” by Lance Lamore. As part of Sero-Zero’s Healthy Sexuality week in May, there was an engaging talk presented May 4 on the topic of crystal meth by Jean Malpas, a psychotherapist from New York City who works in the field of addictions. While the drug is still not as prevalent here in Montreal, the goal of the talk was to provide information on the drug and on what education and prevention campaigns in other cities look like. (…).
Crystal Methamphetamine Addiction and Motivational Counseling
Training, Intercare Program & Alcoholism Council of New York, NYC
20 April, 2006
This half-day training for mental health service providers presented an overview of crystal meth abuse issues in the gay male urban communities as well as strategies for culturally competent counseling. Clinical strategies included systemic interventions, motivational interviewing and community empowerment.
Transgender Families: Supporting the Development of Empowered Gender-Variant Families
Breakfast Roundtable, School of Social Work, New York University, New York
23 February, 2006
Relational models of treatment for transgender couples and families have followed a parallel evolution with the individual models of transgender care. The role of the relational therapist has moved from the enactment of a moral sanction against the menace of the trans pathology on the family, to the support of multiple forms of empowered gender-variant families. Relational treatment outcomes are not restricted to gender transition or compliance with heterosexual binary norms of couples and families. Using interactive media such as videos and clinical cases, this lecture focused on two major objectives. First, it outlined basic transgender terminology and emphasized the importance for the clinician to respect and work within their clients’ conception of gender. Second the lecture introduced some of the major clinical challenges associated with three transgender family models: Trans families (transgender-headed families), families in transition (families where a member comes out as transgender) and couples in transition (non-transgender couples adjusting to the coming out of one partner).
From Otherness to Alliance: Working with Gay and Other Marginalized Couples
One-Day Workshop, Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York
02 December, 2005
How are gay male couples both different from and similar to heterosexual couples? What impact do shame, trauma and oppression have on gay relationships? How to take the therapist’s sexual orientation into account to provide culturally sensitive therapy? This workshop, co-taught with Gene Gardino, LCSW, addressed how, when working with “marginalised” couples, relational therapists are to balance their understanding of the presenting problem between hypotheses that would apply to the “universal couple” and those that take into account the couples’ current and historical contexts of oppression.
Crystal Meth Abuse Counseling: Working with Active Users
Counseling Staff Training, Greenwich House, NYC
13 July, 2005
This staff training covered techniques used in working with the clients using crystal methamphetamines and included Harm Reduction and Recovery Readiness approaches.
From Otherness to Alliance: When couples and Therapists Navigate Multiple Cultures
AFTA-IFTA, National Conference, Washington, DC
28 June, 2005
Co-taught with Gene Gardino, LCSW, this presentation at the joint American Family Therapy Academy-International Family Therapy Association addressed integrating cultural issues in couples therapy and focused on clinical dilemmas arising when heterosexually-identified therapists work with gay and lesbian-identified couples.
A Relational Approach to Transgender Individuals and their Families
One-Day Workshop, Ackerman Institute for the Family, NYC
08 April, 2005
Providers working with the transgender communities often lack engagement and clinical-intervention skills. This all-day workshop initially stressed cultural competency and sensitivity concerns including transgender vocabulary, barriers to care and ethnic, cultural and class differences within the transgender communities. It also provided an overview of transgender mental health and medical-care issues and introduced a model for clinical intervention that emphasizes personal identity and community development over pathology and diagnosis, shifting the practice emphasis to the management of stigma associated with transgender identities, gender identity management and recovery and harm reduction. The final part of the workshop addressed the relational trauma created by transphobia in the family of origin and introduced relational strategies to work with transgender-headed families and transgender individuals, their families of origin and their communities. Co-presented with Carrie Davis, LCSW from the Gender Identity Project.
Gay Men and Crystal Meth: Navigating the Connections
One-Day Training, Center CARE Training Institute, The LGBT Community Center, NYC
28 February, 2005
Co-presented with Andres Hoyos from Center CARE, this workshop highlighted clinical & community issues helpful to the clinician supporting gay men in their recovery from crystal meth. Combining non-pathological and motivation interviewing approaches, it emphasized the role of trauma, shame and longing for communities of belonging as underlying factors for meth use in these communities.
Couple & Family Therapy
Case consultations in the Ackerman Institute’s Externship
07 November, 2008
Jean provides case consultations in training groups at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
Multicultural Families Struggling with Gender and Sexuality
Chilean Family Therapy Institute, Santiago, Chile
10 May, 2008
Supervision and training of family therapists, in collaboration with Shoshana Bulow, LCSW. Cases presented with various issues around sexual orientation and sexual functioning.
Multicultural Families Struggling with Gender and Sexuality
Fundacion AIGLE, Buenos Aires, Argentina
07 May, 2008
Supervision and Training of Family Therapists, in collaboration with Shoshana Bulow, LCSW. Cases presented with various issues around sexual orientation and sexual functioning.
Israeli Families Facing Gender & Sexuality Issues
Aluma Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel
25 December, 2007
Supervision of Israeli family therapists working with families facing gender and sexuality issues.