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Conference: Dating, Mating & Procreating

Date: Oct 16, 2010 9:00 am

The Center for Applied Psychoanalysis (CAPsa) of The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology Announces A One Day Conference:



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Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Dating, Mating and Procreating In 21st Century America

The conference will explore how emerging technologies influence what people do to find each other, become couples, and create families. Presentations will address how innovations in dating, mating, and procreating influence both clinical work and psychoanalytic theory. Panelists include Paul Lippmann, Todd Essig, Pasqual Pantone, Deborah Glazer, Anne Malave, Allison Rosen, Gurmeet Kanwal and Carol Buell. Topics to be covered include:

  • A cross-cultural and historical look at how humans find mates
  • Social networking and “hooking-up” in adolescence
  • Online dating as both practical tool and way to express relationship fantasies
  • The use of the internet during various stages of coming out
  • Helping patients explore the wish to become single parents via Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
  • Socio-emotional consequences of new family structures created by ART
  • Has ART made men irrelevant? A look at contemporary confusions in relating and mating
  • Legal issues for clinicians when working with families and individuals using ART



This conference will provide participants an opportunity to both hear from experts and to explore in small groups their own 21st century dilemmas about how people date, mate and procreate.

Keynote Address: Paul Lippmann, Ph.D.

Panel Members: Pasqual Pantone, Ph.D., Todd Essig, Ph.D., Deborah Glazer, Ph.D., Anne Malave, Ph.D., Allison Rosen, Ph.D., Gurmeet Kanwal, M.D., Carol Buell, J.D,.

Closing Address: Todd Essig, Ph.D.

Moderators: Grant Brenner, M.D., Emily Fucheck, Psy.D.


See a detailed description of the panels.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe contemporary changes in the ways straight and gay adults and adolescents find each other and become couples.
  2. Describe how technology may be used both to foster and to inhibit the formation of healthy relationships.
  3. Discuss some implications for psychoanalytic theory of recent developments in how people find each other, become couples, and create families.
  4. Explain some of the legal issues that your patients who use ART to bring children into their families may confront.
  5. Discuss the clinical implications of recent developments in how people date, mate and procreate.


The conference will be held at

The William Alanson White Institute

20 West 74th Street

New York, New York

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Diane Amato, Registrar


(212) 873-0725, ext. 20