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The Dog Days of Summer: An Analysis of the LGBTQ+ Fight for Liberation and Police Brutality Then and Now

June 1, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

The Dog Days of Summer: An Analysis of the LGBTQ+ Fight for Liberation and Police Brutality Then and Now

About this event

This webinar is being hosted on Zoom. The link to the Zoom meeting will be included in your order confirmation email from Eventbrite.

This live course offers 1.5 APA CE credits for Psychologists, 1.5 BBS California CEUs for Licensed Counselors, Social Workers or Marriage and Family Therapists, or 1.5 NBCC Clock Hours.

About This Event

On a hot summer day in August 1972, John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile robbed a bank and held hostages in Brooklyn, New York. The events of the day were chronicled in the 1975 crime drama Dog Day Afternoon directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. In 2009, Dog Day Afternoon was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Films have historically portrayed homosexuality and transsexuality in a negative light, reinforcing the marginalization of the LGBTQ+ community. Dog Day Afternoon broke that pattern with an accurate depiction of the LGBTQ+ fight for liberation. Set against the backdrop of the gay liberation movement and using the film Dog Day Afternoon, the history of Stonewall, Pride, and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights will be explored. This presentation will consider complex character development that defines LGBTQ+ characters beyond just sexual orientation. Themes of police brutality, the Stockholm syndrome, mental health, internalized homophobia, and institutional homophobia will be discussed. Although released over 45 years ago, the relevancy of Dog Day Afternoon in 2022 will be explored.

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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program participants will be able to:

1. Describe the gay liberation movement from a social and political context and its impact to end social and legal oppression.

2. Analyze depictions of the LGBTQ+ community from historical and current perspectives

3. Analyze stigma and misperceptions associated with mental health and the LGBTQ+ community


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Dr. Ryan Tobiasz is the Department Chair for the Counseling Programs (Forensic Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Counseling Psychology) and Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington DC Campus. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia. He earned a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology in 2005 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Behavioral Science and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his current position, Dr. Tobiasz served as a Psychological Associate within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections at several maximum-security institutions. Dr. Tobiasz’s primary research interest includes best evidence-based practice for individuals with schizophrenia, with an emphasis on Illness Management and Recovery in correctional facilities to provide mental health care for those with severe mental illness.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.


Brown, C. R. (2012). Homosexuality in Dog Day Afternoon (1975): Televisual surfaces and a “natural” man. Film Criticism, 37(1), 35-54,84.

Macias, A. (2018). Gay rights and the reception of Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Film & History, 48(1), 45-56.

Rimmerman, C. A. (2014). The lesbian and gay movements: Assimilation or liberation? (2nd ed.) Westview Press.

Trengove-Jones, T. (2018). Familiar strangeness in Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon. English Studies in Africa, 61, 3-9.

Wolf, S. (2017). Sexuality and socialism: History, politics, and theory of LGBT liberation. Haymarket Books.


Registration and Fees

Chicago School Faculty, Students, and Alumni: Free (Chicago School email required for free registration)

Community Members: $15.00

Potential Students Only (*No CEUs Provided*)

All funds raised through this workshop will benefit The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington DC Campus Counseling Department Scholarship Program.

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.


Continuing Education

Target Audience: Professionals from all mental health disciplines and graduate students from all mental health disciplines.

Psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.


Participants must attend 100% of the program, and pass a brief comprehension quiz, in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3061. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


June 1, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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