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COURSE NINE – Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Transgender: From Freud to YouTube

COURSE NINE - Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Transgender: From Freud to YouTube

Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Course Leaders: Lindsay Barton, Sam Semper

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 2019 (6 evenings)

Fees: $360

Preregistration is required.


The history of the clinical encounter between psychoanalysis and transgender individuals is a difficult one. It is a history marred by the reductive use of Freud’s work in transphobic ways that often amounted to “subtle and brutal […] coercive heteronormatization and pathologization of non-normative sexualities and genders” by psychoanalysts (Gherovici 2011, 3). This has left many trans people justifiably wary of psychoanalysis as a means to understand trans* identities and embodiments.

While acknowledging this deeply problematic legacy, many contemporary psychoanalytic clinicians and thinkers argue that psychoanalysis offers unparalleled tools for understanding the complexity and singularity of subjectivity, including trans subjectivity, when transphobic/normative models of interpretation are recognized and dismantled.

In this seminar participants will engage with contemporary psychoanalytic debates in this area including current approaches to clinical work with trans individuals.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course:

  1. Participants will become familiar with current psychoanalytic literature related to transgender individuals.
  2. Participants will gain an understanding of specific clinical issues related to working with trans individuals including transitioning (social/medical).
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Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, FIPA

Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, FIPA, Child/Adult Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Former Team Leader, Infant Program, Sick Kids Community Mental Health Clinic (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), Officer, Board of Directors; Canadian Association for Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Faculty/Supervisor CICAPP, Faculty TPS&I.

Lindsay Barton, MA, RP, CAPCT

Lindsay Barton, MA, RP, CAPCT, Private Practice. Clinical Member Canadian Association for Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Faculty CICAPP, University of Guelph-Humber (Early Childhood Studies); Candidate at TIP.

Sam Semper*, PhD, LP

Sam Semper, PhD, LP, Psychoanalyst in Private Practice (New York). Co-Director, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) Clinical Center; Faculty, IPTAR.

* By invitation.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2018/2019 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount. Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

** Distance Participation – Priority will be given to those outside Metro Toronto area.

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