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COURSE TEN – Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Sexualities: Freud’s Revolution and ‘Emergent’ Sexualities

COURSE TEN - Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Sexualities: Freud’s Revolution and ‘Emergent’ Sexualities

Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Lindsay Barton, Sam Semper

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2020 (4 evenings)

Fees: $240

Registration Deadline: April 20, 2020
Preregistration is required.

Due to current public health concerns this course will only be available via Distance Learning.


Over the last several decades an almost dizzying array of new terms have entered the mainstream, often from youth culture, to describe one’s sexuality, gender, or the intersection of the two. It is increasingly common for individuals who enter our consulting rooms to describe themselves as pansexual, queer, asexual (among many others) and for their experiences and desires to complicate more traditional heteronormative ideals of life trajectories and relationship patterns.

This seminar will introduce participants to some contemporary psychoanalytic understandings of ‘emergent’ forms of sexualities and gendered embodiments. Using the most recent debates in the field, we will explore how the experiences of these clients might offer a productive challenge to entrenched ideas within psychoanalytic theory and practice. In what ways might these experiences, embodiments, and identities ‘talk back’ to dominant psychoanalytic modes and ways of understanding of sexuality and call for a corrective to theory and technique? How might the experiences of these clients throw into relief the radical aspects of Freud’s revolutionary, complex, queer, notion of sexuality?

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course:

  1. Participants will become familiar with current terms and psychoanalytic literatures related to sexuality and current language related to expression of sexuality.
  2. Using theoretical readings and clinical presentation, participants will gain an understanding of specific issues that are related to working with clients who express ‘emerging’ sexualities.
  3. Gain a basic understanding of how countertransference in the clinical situation can be understood and worked through.
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Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, FIPA

Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, FIPA, Infant/Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychoanalyst in Private Practice; Co-director of Infant Mental Health Studies; Officer, Board of Directors; Canadian Association of 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 of 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 2019/2020 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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