Clinical Issues in Working with Atypically Gendered Children
and Their Families
A Conversation with Avgi Saketopoulou, Psy.D.
Dr. Saketopoulou will address some of the core issues that arise in work with kids who are atypically gendered including:
-- What are the clinical implications in thinking of gender as a core, true identity as opposed to understanding it as an emergent process that is porous to a variety of intrapsychic, interpersonal and cultural factors?
-- How might we work supportively with families whose children struggle with their gender while also maintaining the integrity and boundaries of the child's treatment?
-- How does one distinguish between pressures that are associated with the need for a family to make time sensitive medical decisions and those that are psychically driven by forces that may be less productive?
-- What is the therapist's role in working with children whose gender has not congealed into an identifiable form?
-- What are expectable countertransferential pressures and how can these be understood and used clinically?
An open conversation will follow
Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center. She serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She has received several awards including, the Ruth Stein prize, the Ralph Roughton award, the Symonds prize and the annual JAPA prize. Dr. Saketopoulou has published several articles and book chapters on trauma and its representation, on traumatic and normative gender, on psychosexuality and perversion and on the enigmatics of consent.