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December 2018

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

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

Presenter: Marco Posadas, MSW, RSW, FIPA Abstract 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…

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February 2019

The Difficult Patient: A psychoanalytic perspective–Eric Plakun, MD

February 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Eric Plakun, MD This presentation will describe the role of enactments in the experience of patients as “difficult.” A list of transference-countertransference paradigms will be discussed that contribute to the difficulty of work with abuse survivors, and clinical examples provided. This presentation will also discuss shared elements of psychotherapy across therapy schools of thought in work with suicidal patients.   Eric Plakun, MD is the Associate Medical Director at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Ma.  In 2017, Dr Plakun was honored…

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April 2019

Freud’s Tin Ear–Joel Whitebrook, PhD

April 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Joel Whitebook, PhD Abstract: In this paper, Dr. Whitebook examines a curious fact in Freud’s life to elucidate the central thesis of his intellectual biography of the analyst: namely, that the figure of the early mother is largely missing in Freud’s thinking.  That fact was a strong aversion to music, which was almost unheard of in Vienna, the city of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.  Following some insights of the musicologist and historian of religion, Romain Rolland, who was a…

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