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309 Gender Issues and Sexuality – 6 seminars

Seminar Leaders: K. Klement, J. Kobrick and R. Varghese

Course Description

The seminars will focus on the multiple facets of historical and modern psychoanalytic theory with an eye toward clinical practice. Matters such as gender embodiment, gender variation, gender regulation and perversion will be addressed.

Gendered experience and identity will be viewed through a complex and nonlinear lens focusing on sexual subjectivity in the analytic dyad and psychic life.

Course Objectives

Candidates will:

  1. Learn about the emergence of psychoanalytic work on gender and sexuality within the context of the history of theory and clinical work from various schools of thought (1.1, 1.3, 1.5).
  2. Examine developmental issues in relation to gender and sexuality to include gender identity and sexual difference (1.1, 1.3, 1.5).
  3. Learn about the dilemmas of gender variance to include contemporary views on sexual orientation with consideration to the socio-cultural context (1.5, 2.2, 1.4).
  4. Enhance and evaluate professional practice by undertaking critical self reflection; identifying strengths as a therapist, and areas for development; and (3.8); assistingpatients with needs for advocacy and support; and (1.2) integrating knowledge of the impact of trauma on psychological functioning.

Seminar 1

Freud, S. (1925) Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical Differences Between the Sexes. S.E., 19: 248-258.

Glocer Fiorini, L. (2019). Deconstructing the feminine: Discourses, logics and power. Theoretico-clinical implications. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 100(3):593-

Saketopoulou, A. (2011). Minding the Gap: Intersections Between Gender, Race, and Class in Work With Gender Variant Children. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(2): 192-209.

Seminar 2 and 3

Freud, S. Three essays 2 evenings

Saketopoulou, A. (2014). Mourning the Body as Bedrock: Developmental Considerations in Treating Transsexual Patients Analytically. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 62(5):773-806

Scarfone, D. (2014). The Three Essays and the Meaning of the Infantile Sexual in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal Q., 83(2):327-344.

Seminar 4

Freud, S. (1931) Female Sexuality. S.E., 225-243.

Young-Breuhl, E. (1991) Rereading Freud on Female Development. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 11: 427

Balsam, R. & Harris, A. (2012). Maternal embodiment: A conversation between Rosemary Balsam and Adrienne Harris. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13: 33-52.

Seminar 5

Freud, S. (1933) Femininity: New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis. S.E., 112-135.

Benjamin, J. (2004). Beyond Doer and Done to. Psychoanal. Q., 73(1):5-46.

Seminar 6

Freud, S. (1920) The psychogenesis of a case of homosexuality in a woman. S.E. 18: 145-172.

Harris, A. (2016). Winnicott and Gender Madness. Brit. J. Psychother., 32(3):359-375.

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