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Patriarchy and Its Discontents: The Fierce Urgency of NOW

Date: 21 2020 09:00

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







Patriarchy and Its Discontents


The Fierce Urgency of NOW





SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 from 9:00AM-12:00 Noon

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020 from 12:30PM-4:30PM


(see details below)


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?


Our conference aims at enriching the ongoing public conversation by bringing a psychoanalytic perspective. A diverse group of therapists, writers, and activists will share their insights and experiences about patriarchy—how it hinders abilities to know what we know, to feel what we feel, and to form mutually responsive relationships.


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


Attendence Price:
Professionals - $200
Student/Candidate price - $75




The conference will take place over two half-days and is being presented virtually, live via Zoom, as follows:




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 9:00AM-12:Noon


9:00-9:15  Welcome and Introduction:

JEAN PETRUCELLI, PhD & Conference Chair



The Sea We Swim In: Breaking the Ties that Bind

Patriarchy's Impact on our Capacity to Know Ourselves and Relate to Others



Interviewer: NAOMI SNIDER, LLM






Q&A will follow panel and discussion





SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 12:30PM-4:30PM


PANEL ONE: 12:30-2:05PM

On the Couch and in the Institute: How Patriarchy Impacts Psychoanalytic Theory, Practice, and Structure




Discussant: CLEONIE WHITE, PhD


Moderator: TONI ANDREWS, PhD


Q&A will follow panels and discussion




10 minute break    2:05-2:15



PANEL TWO: 2:15-4:30PM

Psychoanalysis and Its Liberating Potential: A Clinical Perspective




Discussant: SUSIE ORBACH, PhD.




Q&A will follow panels and discussion






If you previously registered, you do not have to do anything to remain registered. We have reserved your place for both of the conference days.


All registrants will be sent their private link to attend the conference, prior to the event. Please retain this for your use.


Cancellations and refunds are offered through September 30th, 2020. If you registered but find you cannot attend, you must request your refund prior to that date.


As before, 7 CE Credits are available for attending the conference.


Note that there are no ½ attendance admissions. The Conference is offered as 2 half-days. Purchasing a place at the event, whether attended in full or in part, is at one rate. No exceptions.



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.


Carol Jenkins is Co-President and CEO of The ERA Coalition and The Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment. She is an award-winning writer, an analyst and commentator on women’s issues, and an Emmy-award winning journalist. Carol is also the co-author, with her daughter, Elizabeth Hines, of Black Titan: AG Gaston and the Making of an African American Millionaire, a biography of her uncle and winner of Best Non-Fiction Book from the American Library Association's Black Caucus. Carol is based in New York City and is available for media interviews and speaking engagements.


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.