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White Society Colloquium: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.

Date: Mar 13, 2013 8:00 pm

The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology cordially invites you to the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society 2012-2013 Colloquium Series:


Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.: Found in Translation: Listening and Learning from Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Children


In a culture that has begun to let gender out of its boxes, more and more children are exploring and questioning their gender identities and expressions--in their psyches, in their homes, in their schools and communities, and in the consultation room.  Dr. Ehrensaft will discuss the need to reassess our psychoanalytic thinking about gender and then present a clinical and developmental model of gender adapted from D.W. Winnicott's concepts of true self, false self, and individual creativity.  She will present clinical material from her own work to demonstrate the facilitation of a child's authentic gender self, with strong emphasis on learning from the patient, working collaboratively with the family and social environment, and remaining suspended in a state of ambiguity and not-knowing in  a terrain that was supposed to be as solid as bedrock—our gender.


Speaker: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., is a developmental and clinical psychologist, specializing in gender studies and psychotherapy/ consultation with gender-nonconforming children and their families.  She is the Mental Health Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and author of Gender Born, Gender Made. Dr. Ehrensaft has presented and published nationally and internationally on the subjects of gender development, gender nonconformity, parenting, and assisted reproductive technology and is a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics, UCSF.


Discussant: Aron Janssen, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in gender and sexual development. He has presented nationally on gender variance/non-conformity in childhood and adolescence and teaches an undergraduate course at NYU on sexual development. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center and director of the NYU Gender and Sexuality Service.


Moderator:Jill Bellinson, Ph.D. is teaching and supervising faculty at the White Institute, Adelphi University, IPTAR, MITPP and NYIPT. She supervises in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs of CUNY and Columbia University. She is on the Board of Directors of Division 39 of APA, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy. She is author of papers on analytic therapy and Children's Use of Board Games in Psychotherapy. She is in private practice in Manhattan.


Refreshments will be served at 7:30 PM and after the presentation. Presentation starts at 8:00 PM.


William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023


There is no charge for this evening but seating is limited. RSVP NOW to reserve a space!


Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this workshop:
1. The participant will be able to describe the ways children are exploring questions of gender identity and whether these changes require a reassessment of psychoanalytic theory about gender.


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