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Patriarchy and Its Discontents (New Date)

Date: Nov 22, 2020 8:30 am

7 Contact Hours/ Continuing Education/ Continuing Medical Education Credits availible for this event.


A Conference Advisory Board (CAB) Event from The William Alanson White Institute, NYC


*Please note the new date for this conference.

Patriarchy and Its Discontents


Fordham Law School, Constantino Hall at 150 West 62nd St, NYC

NEW DATE: SATURDAY, November 22nd 8:30am-5:30pm

Since Trump’s election the word Patriarchy has burst into the public arena. From signs outside coffee shops calling on us to “Smash the Patriarchy” to the Guardian newspaper’s column “the week in Patriarchy” – the word is definitely in vogue. Despite moves toward gender equality patriarchy’s persistence has been catapulted into conscious awareness. The public conversation demands a psychoanalytic reckoning: how does patriarchy - a gender-based cultural and political system that specifies how men and women should think, feel, and behave - impact our external lives and internal worlds? How does it continue to undermine and shape how we think and feel, how we perceive and judge ourselves, our desires, our relationships and the world we live in? In what ways does it oppress and traumatize us—splitting us off from crucial human needs and capacities? How can we help our patients navigate these dilemmas and become more aware as clinicians of how these dynamics play out in the clinical encounter?

This one-day conference aims to enrich the ongoing public conversation by bringing a psychoanalytic perspective. A diverse group of therapists, writers, and activists will share their insights and experiences on how patriarchy hinders our ability to know what we know, to feel what we feel, and to form mutually responsive relationships.


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*Limited Seating Available

7 Contact Hours/ Continuing Education/ Continuing Medical Education Credits availible for this event.


Professionals - $200
Student/Candidate price - $75


All prices include light breakfast, coffee & snacks.


9:00 Welcome and Introduction: Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D.

9:15 Morning Panel

The Sea We Swim In and the Noose Around Our Necks: Patriarchy’s Impact on our Capacity to Know Ourselves and Relate to Others

Interviewer:  Carol Jenkins

Panelists: Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., Emily Mann, and special guest Gloria Steinem


Therapists, writers and actvists share insights andexperiences in examining how patriarchy hinders ourabilities to know, feel and form responsive relationonships.

10:45 Intermission

11:00 Program resumes


Interlocutor: Sarah Schoen, Ph.D.

Discussion and Q & A




(Please be back in seats by 1:30pm sharp.)

1:30 Afternoon Panel #1

On the Couch and in the Institute---How Patriarchy impacts Psychoanalytic Theory, Practice, and Structure

Moderator: Toni Andrews, Ph.D.

Panelists: Katie Gentile, Ph.D.; Griffin Hansbury, LCSW; Stephen Seligman, D.M.H..; Cleonie White, Ph.D.


With the relational turn, we have come a long way from the patriarchal model of authority and gender normativity that characterized traditional analytic approaches and theories.  And yet, as analysts, we all know too well how history can haunt the present. In what ways does patriarchy continue to cast a shadow over contemporary psychoanalysis—its theories, practice, and institutional structures? A panel of psychoanalysts will share how patriarchy has impacted their professional lives, from institutional politics, to experiences with patients, their own analyses, training and research.


Intermission 3:15

3:30 Afternoon Panel #2

Psychoanalysis and its Liberating Potential: A Clinical Perspective

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Eugenio A. Duarte, Ph.D.; Susie Orbach, Ph.D.; Naomi Snider, LLM; Orna Guralnik, Ph.D.


Building on the idea that patriarchal norms are psychologically constricting and damaging, how can we as clinicians help our patients gain greater awareness of these patriarchal norms? How can we help our patients challenge and resist them? Is it possible to avoid repeating and reifying these norms in our clinical work?  What would an anti-patriarchal stance look like in the clinical situation? In what ways would that stance impact clinical ideals, for example analytic neutrality, mutuality, resistance, and therapeutic goals?


5:30 End of Day


Conference Learning Objectives:

1. Describe what patriarchy is and how it impacts people  across the gender spectrum both socially and  psychologically.

2. Describe two ways that patriarchy has shifted and evolved overtime - contrasting historical and contemporary perspectives.

3. Summarize how patriarchy has impacted them personally and professionally, especially in their role as clinicians.

4. Explain how patriarchal dynamics play out in the clinical encounter.

5. Summarize ways in which psychoanalysis has both reified and challenged the patriarchy.

6. Describe how clinicians can help their patients gain greater awareness of patriarchal norms and challenge or resist them.

7. Explain three ways to integrate an anti-patriarchal stance as part of their clinical practice.





Toni Andrews, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan.  She a psychotherapy supervisor, faculty, and a Fellow at the William Alanson White Institute.  Dr. Andrews is an executive editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis


Eugenio A. Duarte, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Miami, Florida, specializing in interpersonal psychoanalytic treatment with issues of gender and sexuality as well as eating and body image problems. He completed his psychoanalytic training at William Alanson White Institute, where he serves as faculty and served as chair of the LGBTQ Study Group. He is also faculty and chair of the Program Committee at the Florida Psychoanalytic Center in Miami. He is contributing author to the volume Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Defining Terms and Building Bridges (Routledge, 2017) and host of the podcast New Books in Psychology.

Katie Gentile, Ph.D. is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). She is the author of Creating bodies: Eating disorders as self-destructive survival and the 2017 Gradiva Award winning The Business of being made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies, in psychoanalysis and cultures, both from Routledge. She is the editor of the Routledge book series Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Culture and a co-editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She is on the faculty of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Critical Social Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. is a writer, activist, University Professor at New York University, and the author of In a Different Voice, “the little book that started a revolution.”  As a member of the Harvard faculty for over 30 years, she held the university’s first chair in Gender Studies. In 1996, she was named by Time Magazine one of the 25 most influential Americans. Her books include The Birth of Pleasure (2002), Kyra: A Novel (2008) and Joining the Resistance (2011) as well as most recently, Why Does Patriarchy Persist? (2018) with Naomi Snider Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy’s Resurgence and Feminist Resistance (2018) with David Richards and The Crisis of Connection (2018), with Niobe Way, Pedro Noguera, and Alisha Ali. With her graduate students at NYU, she founded the Radical Listening Project.

Orna Guralnik, Ph.D. is on faculty at NIP, visiting scholar at PINC (Psychoanalytic institute of Northern California), co-editor of the Psychoanalytic Dialogues Blog, and on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender & Sexuality.  She co-founded the Center for the Study of Dissociation and Depersonalization at the Mount Sinai Medical School, and publishes on the topics of dissociation, depersonalization, and culture.  She is a graduate of NYU PostDoc’s Program in Psychoanalysis, and has completed the filming of a documentary TV series for ShowTime on analytic/systems couples’ therapy that began airing Fall 2019.

Griffin Hansbury, MA, LCSW-R, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. A recipient of the Ralph Roughton Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association, his writing on gender and sexuality has appeared in several journals, including the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He serves as a member of the Gender and Sexuality committee of the Diversities Section, Department of Psychoanalytic Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association.


Emily Mann is in her 30th and final season as Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey.  During her tenure, McCarter received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Her nearly 50 McCarter directing credits include acclaimed productions by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, and Williams and the world premieres of seven plays including Christopher Durang's Turning Off the Morning News and Miss Witherspoon and Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I. Her four Broadway credits include two written by Ms Mann: Execution of Justice, and Having Our Say. The latter was adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. She has written an additional six plays. Her adaptations are as follows: Baby Doll, Scenes from a Marriage, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, A Seagull in the Hamptons, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Antigone. Currently in development: The Pianist. Her newest play Gloria: A Life about the legacy of Gloria Steinem, opened McCarter's season this year after a successful run in New York at The Daryl Roth Theater.  Ms. Mann's awards include: Peabody, Hull Warriner, NAACP, Obies, Guggenheim; Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts, a Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights' Award, and the Margo Jones Award given to a "citizen-of-the-theater who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theater everywhere". This year, she was awarded the TCG Visionary Leadership Award. In November, Ms. Mann will be inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.


Susie Orbach, Ph.D. Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst. She has written widely on patriarchy, on the body and on the intersection of psychoanalysis and the social. She co-founded The Women’s Therapy Centre in London and The WTCI in New York.  She has been an expert advisor to the UK Government and consulted to The World Bank. She is Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford for 2019-2020 working on Political Sorrow. The author of 13 books and numerous papers she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D. is a Training & Supervising Analyst, Director and Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service (EDCAS); Conference Advisory Board (CAB) Committee Chair; and Founding Director of the EDCAS one-year educational certificate program at The William Alanson White Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor for New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Contemporary Psychology; Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Editor of five books: including winner of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) 2016 Edited Book, Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Petrucelli specializes in the interpersonal treatment of eating disorders and addictions, lectures nationally and internationally, and is in private practice in New York City.


Stephen Seligman, D.M.H. Clinical Professor, University of California,San Francisco & NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; Joint Editor-in-Chief,Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Training & Supervising Analyst, SF Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; author, Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment.


Sarah Schoen, Ph.D., Faculty and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute (WAWI); Faculty and Supervisor at the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Program at the WAWI; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and an invited speaker at the Columbia Psychoanalytic University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  She teaches and writes about the clinical implications of the relational turn, narcissistic states in patient and analyst, complex trauma, and the gendered meanings in transference-countertransference matrices. She is on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.


Naomi Snider, LLM. is a research fellow at NYU’s Steinhardt school of culture, education and human development and a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. Naomi’s writing and research focuses on the intersections of social injustice and psychological struggle.  Her published works include the 2018 book Why Does Patriarchy Persist? Co-authored with Carol Gilligan, and “Why Didn't She Walk Away?" Silence, Complicity, and the Subtle Force of Toxic Femininity” (Contemporary  Psychoanalysis, 2018).


GLORIA STEINEM is a writer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She was a founder of New York and Ms. magazines, and is the author of My Life on the Road, Moving Beyond Words, Revolution from Within, and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, all published in the United States, and As If Women Matter, published in India.  She co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation, and the Women’s Media Center in the United States. As links to other countries, she helped found Equality Now, Donor Direct Action, and Direct Impact Africa. For her writing, Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, the National Magazine Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce an Emmy Award–winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. She and Amy Richards co-produced a series of eight documentaries on violence against women around the world for VICELAND in 2016. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2019, she received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.


Cleonie White, Ph.D. is a Fellow, faculty, and supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology.  She is Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and is also faculty and supervisor at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.  She supervises in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the City University of New York, and is a supervisor of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in NYC.  Dr. White sits on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is an Associate Board member of Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  A co- founder of the Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis at the White Institute, Dr. White was also a participant in the film, “Black Psychoanalysts Speak”.  She has also written multiple psychological evaluations of immigrants at risk of deportation for presentation to courts in NYC. Her writing and publications are in the areas of trauma and dissociation, race, class, the immigrant/foreigner Other, identity, and creativity in psychoanalysis.  Dr. White maintains a private practice in NYC.