8:30-9 a.m. - Registration and Sign-in
9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker
Speaker: Enid Jackowitz, MA, LMHC, NCC
TOPIC: Healing Barriers Between Parents & Gay Children
Based on the stated objectives, this presentation will explore strategies for helping parents of LGBT children navigate through the coming out process.
Participants will learn:
- Understanding the coming out process from a parent’s perspective.
- Understanding the coming out process from a gay person’s perspective.
- How family dynamics and family of origin issues affect a family’s point of view.
- Being gay is a discovery not a choice.
Enid Jackowitz received her B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 1991, and her M.A. degree in mental health counseling in 1996. She has been a psychotherapist for eighteen years specializing in depression, women’s empowerment, relationships, and gay and lesbian issues. A licensed mental health counselor, Enid has maintained a private practice at the Center for Counseling & Consulting since 1996. She is the mother of a gay son and has served on the Orlando Board of PFLAG (Parent’s and Families of Lesbians and Gays) as well as the Orlando Board of GLBCC (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual Community Center). Enid and her husband Syd wrote a monthly column in Watermark, a bi-weekly news magazine in Orlando for three years from 2001-2004 called A Parent’s Perspective, to add their voices to the cause of gay acceptance.
Enid is the author of two books, The Rest of the Way: Healing Barriers Between Gays, Lesbians, and Their Parents, a memoir of her journey of self-discovery and personal growth that led her to become a psychotherapist. Her latest book for children, Maya and the Magic Swing tells the story of a young girl who goes on a metaphorical journey and along the way discovers that no one is perfect, we all make mistakes; an important message for children in today’s world.
Enid and her husband Syd have two grown sons and live in Maitland.