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SACAP The Practice Dialogue | Shame and sexuality: a queer therapist's perspective
“Many queer men feel bad about who they are and what they desire. Even after we ‘come out’ many past negative experiences have already left their imprint. There is a residue from internalized messages about what it means to be a queer man in a straight world.”

From the lens of a queer racialized man and clinical social worker, Rahim Thawer will consider how systems of homophobia and racism can manifest themselves as chronic shame. The workshop will take an exploratory approach to examine how shame interferes with queer men’s execution of desire, shapes the motivation for partner-seeking, and reinforces HIV stigma in our communities.

Join The Practice Dialogue Workshop Series with Rahim Thawer and SACAP’s Social Work and Community Development Faculty as we explore shame and sexuality from a queer therapist’s perspective. RSVP here to join us on 14 April 2022 from 18:00.

Apr 14, 2022 06:00 PM in Johannesburg

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Rahim Thawer (MSW, RSW)
International Visiting Scholar @SACAP
Rahim Thawer has had a strong presence in Canada’s LGBTQ community since he began working in the HIV/AIDS sector in 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo majoring in psychology and a double-minor in political science and English language & literature. He also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2011. He works as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, facilitator and public speaker, sessional lecturer, writer, and community organizer. Rahim loves all things mental health & is particularly interested in examining innovation in queer relationships. Whether in a classroom or therapy consulting room, he strives to operate from a harm reduction, sex-positive, anti-oppressive & trauma-informed approach. This is complemented by his vast public speaking portfolio, which is both thematically and regionally diverse. Rahim has welcomed as an International Visiting Scholar with SACAP for the 2021-2022 academic year.