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Psychoanalytic Theory in the Treatment of Transgender and Gender Variant People by Bobby Kizer, PhD (Psychoanalytic Explorations)
September 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Psychoanalysis has historically pathologized variance in gender identities and expressions. In recent years, gender variance has become increasingly normative and transgender patients are presenting to therapy (and psychoanalysis) more and more. Recent writings by some psychoanalysts are encouraging new interpretations of psychoanalytic theory that affirm transgender identities. After reviewing some of the historical background and recent theorizing regarding transgender identity development within psychoanalysis, this presentation will focus on case examples of the therapeutic process with transgender and gender variant patients and discuss how the psychoanalytically inclined therapist can use their theoretical models to provide a healthy environment for the transgender patient to explore their identity, decrease their mental health symptoms, and live a more authentic life.
• Recall/Review how original psychoanalytic theoretical models have understood transgender identity and expression.
• Understand how to apply psychoanalytic models to the healthy development of transgender identity.
• Evaluate one’s own understanding of transgender development and explore the possibility of developing a trans-affirming psychoanalytic theory to meet the needs of transgender patients.
• Explore possible courses of treatment with transgender patients.
• Explore possible counter-transference reactions that the therapist might feel when working with transgender patients.
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 American Psychoanalytic Association and NOBPC. 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 and Social Workers may also receive continuing education credit for this activity if their accredited associations or boards recognize CME credits.
Admission is Free.
Fee for 2 CME credits: $15 for NOBPC members; $25 non-members