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Holiday Reception and Presentation: An Anti-oppressive Approach to Working Psychoanalytically with Trans and Gender Creative Patients–Marco Posadas, MSW, RSW, FIPA

December 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Scientific Program and Holiday Reception

 ****In the spirit of the holiday season this program and reception is offered free of charge and welcomes all clinicians, professionals, and anyone with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and study. ****

 ****RSVP is required to attend this event. Space is limited****

There is no charge for this event. 

To attend this Scientific Program and Holiday Reception please RSVP, and include the number of persons attending, to Nchase.lcsw@gmail.comby Dec 5, 2018.

Location: Emory Brain Health Center, 1stFloor, 12 Executive Park Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Presenter: Marco Posadas, MSW, RSW, FIPA


It is undeniable that trans people are targets for violence and systemic oppression at every level, intrapersonal, interpersonal, in their communities and within institutions.  From murdering them to denying basic civil rights and human dignity, erasing trans people from public life is perpetuating violence towards trans communities; and in psychoanalytic institutions we have not been the exception.  Historically, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thinkers have been well known for pathologizing trans and other gender creative experiences.  Some examples of this are labeling trans people as psychotic (Millot, 1984), and categorizing non-binary gender identities as “confused”.  These type of assumptions operate in the psychoanalytic clinician to push them to unconsciously participate in traumatogenic enacments when working with this population.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to increase clinical competencies when working with trans and gender creative patients to strengthen a therapeutic alliance. We will discuss how a return to Freud can be useful when trying to work from an anti-oppressive perspective in psychoanalytic practice with trans and other marginalized patients.

CE Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Identify transphobic assumptions within psychoanalyticpractice that can impact the development of a solid therapeutic alliance with trans and gender creative patients.
  2. Begin to anticipate and prevent possible enactments that can affect the therapeutic alliance with trans and gender creative patients.
  3. Identify strategies to repair disruptions introduced by the clinician in the therapeutic relationship with trans and gender creative patients.

 Marco PosadasMSW, RSW, FIPA is Chief Clinical Officer of The House of Purpose, a consulting firm where he develops psychoanalytically informed programs for organizations.  He is a Psychoanalyst member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Psychologist (MEX), and PhD Candidate at Smith College School for Social Work.  He currently operates a clinical practice in Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Clinical Supervision and Consultation in Toronto, Canada.  Marco trained at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (TPS&I) and is a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, the Mexican Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). He is the current Chair of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Studies Committee of the IPA, and the Scientific Program of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  He is faculty at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis where he works to integrate cultural, gender and sexual diversity, and anti-oppressive practice into psychoanalysis.  He is adjunct faculty at Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts where he teaches clinical practice with LGBTQ mental health from a psychoanalytic and anti-oppressive perspective.

Details regarding meeting time, cost, and location will follow. For any further questions, please contact APS Program Committee Chair, Nancy D. Chase, PhD, LCSW, nchase.lcsw@gmail.com


About Continuing Education

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of (name of accredited provider) and (name of nonaccredited provider). The (name of accredited provider) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CEU credits will be provided for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs.


December 8, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Emory Brain Health Center
12 Executive Park Dr. NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States


Nancy Chase, PhD, LCSW