In addition to the Board of Directors, MaleSurvivor is guided by an Advisory Board, as dictated the MaleSurvivor by-laws:
Section 3. Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee or Advisory Board may be comprised of such individuals as the Board of Directors shall deem fit to serve thereon for either a particular duration for a particular project or occurrence or a formal term. These individuals shall be non-voting, ex-officio members of the Board of Directors and shall have neither legal liability nor personal liability to the Corporation for their acts or omissions. Rather, they will serve in an Advisory capacity for their particular project or occurrence or for their formal term and shall assist the Board with the rendering of certain decisions, upon the latter’s request. They shall not be counted for purposes of quorum, nor shall they vote. They shall not be present at Special Meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall generally be invitees to all Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors only at the discretion of the Board Chair (or President). The Advisory Committee may not vote and is not authorized to act or conduct any business on behalf of the Corporation, whatsoever.
Advisory Board Members
Richard Gartner – Chairperson
Dr. Richard Gartner, one of the co-founders of MaleSurvivor and its President for two years, was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology.
After receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University, Richard got post-doctoral training in family therapy and for six years was Director of Family Therapy at a community mental health center on Staten Island, NY. He then began psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City. Now Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty at the White Institute, he was the Founding Director of its Sexual Abuse Service in 1994. He organized a 1995 conference there about memory and sexual abuse entitled Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation, then edited the papers from that conference into a book of the same name, published in 1997. In honor of his contributions to the psychoanalytic understanding of trauma, Richard was given the White Institute’s Director’s Award in 2004.
After co-founding MaleSurvivor in 1994, he has remained active in the organization, serving on its Board of Directors for seven years and as its President for two years. He was also active in organizing several of MaleSurvivor’s national conferences. He is currently Chair of its Advisory Board. In his honor, MaleSurvivor has established the Richard Gartner Award for Clinical Contribution.
Richard’s work with sexually abused and assaulted men goes back to the 1980s. He is one of the pioneers who are still bringing male sexual victimization to the attention of professionals as well as to the public. Since 1992, Richard has written and spoken widely about the sexual abuse of boys and men and their psychological treatment. He has focused above all on the interpersonal betrayal at the heart of most sexually traumatic situations. He believes that even more than the physical acts involved, it is betrayal — by trusted guardians, adult caretakers, or adults perceived as caregivers – it is this devastating betrayal that creates the crippling effects of sexual trauma for anyone, but especially any child. This betrayal often has rippling effects in relationships throughout the later life of any child or adult who has been sexually abused or assaulted. It also can result, for example, in a wide variety of other problems, from addictions and compulsions to depression, to anxiety, to physical problems, to sexual dysfunctions of one sort or another.
Richard presented a series of papers on male sexual victimization at professional conferences in the 1990s. In 1999, based on those papers, he wrote Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men, which was runner up for the Gradiva Award of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) for best book on a clinical subject. It is now considered a classic text for professionals treating sexually abused men and boys.