Reworking Gender: Trans, Nonbinary and Gender-Expansive Experiences in Theory and Practice

Psychoanalysts have explored new and exciting conceptualizations of gender identity and yet we are just beginning to engage and think about our experience with trans identities, nonbinary gender and gender expansiveness individuals in our clinical and theoretical practice.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

10:00 AM EDT Online Lecture & Discussion
Online registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom Meeting Link.
To receive Continuing Education, registration must be completed by Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT.



Working with Gender: Engaging and Thinking about Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender-Expansive Experience in Practice and Theory


Psychoanalysts have explored new and exciting conceptualizations of gender identity and yet we are just beginning to engage and think about our experience with trans identities, nonbinary gender, and gender-expansive individuals in our clinical and theoretical practice. In this program our panelists will explore new ways of thinking and working as they unfold in dialogue with new clinical realities, with social change, and with Freud’s thinking in Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905).
Our “very thinking of what is possible in gendered life,” says Judith Butler*, is “foreclosed” by some of the assumptions we make about gender as a matter of habit. Invoking Freud’s Three Essays in her critique of binary thinking, Butler says that it is only by questioning the seemingly natural that we can appreciate “how the appearance of naturalness is constituted.” Analysts have begun to recognize that their patients’ experiences with gender identity are manifold and often follow paths outside of the taken-for-granted aspects of psychoanalytic ways of thinking. As concepts of gender identification evolve, transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive patients face new challenges in their analytic treatment as well as in their lived experience. 
Analysts and trainees alike have an urgent need for up-to-date theory and clinical strategies that are in tune with recent changes yet are sensitive to the risk of entering new cycles of delegitimizing nonbinary and gender-expansive identities. In this panel discussion with leading national experts, we hope to engage analysts and trainees at all levels in a vital contemporary reconsideration of our roles as clinicians and theorists.

*Butler quote: from Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1999/2007), pp. viii, 149



Ken Corbett, PhD (Panelist) is  a Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  He is the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities, and A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High

David Eng, PhD (Panelist) is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania; He is an Honorary Member, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), New York City.

Julie Leavitt, MD (Panelist) is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in San Francisco, CA, specializing in clinical work with trans, queer and gender-nonconforming people. She is past president of the Psychoanalytic Institute of California (PINC), where she continues to be engaged in Justice/Equity/Inclusion work with colleagues at PINC and radiating psychoanalytic communities. 

Cecil Webster, MD (Moderator) is a Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital. He is a Trustee and a Candidate in Psychoanalytic Training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.



10:00-10:15; Moderator’s Introduction ; Presentation #1, 10:15-10:35; Presentation #2, 10:35-10:55; Presentation #3, 10:55-11:15; Discussion with Panelists 11:15-11:40; Audience Q and A 11:40-12:00


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to explain the “groundlessness” of trans sex: how body, gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual object choice are aligned in indeterminate ways.
  2. Participants will be able to assess Freud’s “Three Essays” for its relevance and limitations in theorizing about trans gender identity.
  3. Participants will be able to critique the heteronormative and cis-normative framework of traditional psychoanalytic understandings of gender.
  4. Participants will be able to utilize updated gender theories in formulating treatment approaches to trans patients.



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This program will be of interest to the general public, graduate students in the areas of psychology, social work, and the humanities,
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$75 Lecture Fee
$65 Early Bird Special (available until 03/29/2021)
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The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians, and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners.
Scholarships available upon request.
Continuing Education 
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 2 hours of CE. 
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