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Queering Psychoanalysis

Date: Oct 22, 2016 8:30 am

The William Alanson White Institute LGBTQ Study Group presents:

Queering Psychoanalysis:
Working with Modern-Day Sexuality and Gender

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 8:30am – 2:45pm
William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street, NYC


8:30-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00-9:15 Welcome & Introduction: Eugenio Duarte, Ph.D.


9:15-10:00 Keynote Address: Jack Drescher, M.D.


10:00-11:45  Sex & Relationships in the Age of PrEP & Grindr



Panel: Hopeton Shaw, M.A.; Stephen Hartman, Ph.D.; Eugenio Duarte, Ph.D.

Discussant: Mark Blechner, Ph.D.


The advent of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a popular medication for the prevention of HIV infection, affords new and long-awaited protection for sexually active people. However, does it open the door to other dangers, such as fantasied invincibility and dissociated agency? How is mobile technology, which allows us to engage one another in unprecedented ways, reshaping how we construct and internalize representations of self and other? And how can the therapist's countertransference to these rapid cultural changes be used to foster rather than foreclose meaningful analytic exploration?


11:45-1:00pm           Lunch break


1:00-2:45      What’s Binaried Gender Got to Do with It?


Panel: Susan Vaughan, M.D.; David Braucher, Ph.D.; Toni Hellmann, LMSW

Discussant: Deborah Glazer, Ph.D.


As society moves towards dispensing with the gender binary and people’s options for gender expression expand, how do we update our psychoanalytic conceptions of gender accordingly? And how are we all—not just LGBTQ individuals—shaped in our development and identity formations by binaried notions of gender and sexuality? What can we learn from drag culture and the art of ‘reading’ to help our patients explore dissociated gender-nonconforming experiences with greater compassion?



The Institute would like to thank the Taylor & Francis Group for its participation and co-sponsorship of this event.



$65 per person in advance

$80 at the door

$50 students/candidates




This event is sold out.



CE/CME credits:


CE Credits For Psychologists:
The William Alanson White Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists. The William Alanson White Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

CE Credits For Social Workers:
William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0159.

CME credits For Physicians:

This ativity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the William Alanson White Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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





David Braucher, LCSW, Ph.D., is President-Elect of White Society at William Alanson White Institute; on the Editorial Board of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis; and Associate Editor of the blog Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action. He has lectured at the NYU School of Social Work and written on relationships. He is in private practice in the West Village/Chelsea in Manhattan.


Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D., is Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, and Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has published three books: Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis (2009), The Dream Frontier (2001), and Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV (1997). He is former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and the founder and former director of the HIV Clinical Service at the White Institute. Dr. Blechner is in practice in New York City as a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, supervisor, and leader of private dream groups.


Jack Drescher, M.D., is Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College; and Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He serves on the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health and served on the DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. An expert media spokesperson on issues related to gender and sexuality, he is author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (1998), and has edited and co-edited a score of books and is the Emeritus Editor of Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He is in private practice in Manhattan.


Eugenio Duarte, Ph.D., is Chair of the LGBTQ Study Group, William Alanson White Institute; Adjunct Professor at New York University Department of Applied Psychology; and host of the podcast New Books in Psychology on the New Books Network. He is a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst and maintains a private practice seeing LGBTQ patients and couples in downtown Manhattan.


Deborah Glazer, Ph.D., is faculty at The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, William Alanson White Institute; and supervisor and faculty member at The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center and The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. A prolific author and presenter on gender and sexuality, she is also co-editor of Gay and Lesbian Parenting. She is a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in the Chelsea section of NYC.


Stephen Hartman, Ph.D., is co-editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and editor of the Psychoanalytic Dialogues Blog. A faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and in the relational track of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he teaches and practices in San Francisco and New York City. His writing addresses the interface of digital culture and psychoanalysis as well as the recursive engagement of psychic life with social and political experience. Currently, he is at work editing a posthumous volume of essays by Muriel Dimen, Relating, Symbolization and Intersubjectivity: Psychosocial Landscapes from the Work of Muriel Dimen.


Toni Hellmann, LMSW, is a fourth year psychoanalytic candidate and a Clinic Fellow at the William Alanson White Institute. She is a founding member and facilitator of the White Institute's new study group, Race and Psychoanalysis.


Hopeton Shaw, M.A., is a candidate in psychoanalytic training at William Alanson White Institute and trained psychotherapist. As a senior health adviser in sexual health and HIV medicine, he has extensive experience providing psychotherapy and counseling support to individuals and couples on issues relating to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual assault, gender and sexual identity, relationships, and psychosexual difficulties. He has co-authored articles for the International Journal of STD and AIDS and for Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal on the topic of sexual health.


Susan Vaughan, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Faculty, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. A teacher and supervisor who has presented, taught and written about sexuality, gender, and diversity, she is the author of The Talking Cure (1997) and Half Empty, Half Full (2001).






Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will acquire knowledge about how to conceptualize and speak with patients about relationships mediated by mobile technologies.
  2. Participants will acquire knowledge about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, (PrEP) and understand its benefits and dangers to patients.
  3. Participants will recognize how their countertransference to this rapid cultural change can be used to foster rather than foreclose meaningful analytic exploration.
  4. Participants will acquire knowledge about how people’s expanded options for gender expression updates our psychoanalytic conceptions of gender and how we all—not just LGBTQ individuals—are shaped in our development and identity formations by binaried notions of gender and sexuality.
  5. Participants will explore how to apply more expansive notions of gender identity to clinical material.
  6. Participants will explore how drag culture and the art of ‘reading’ can help patients explore dissociated gender-nonconforming experiences with greater compassion.