Master Series in Clinical Practice
Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.
Nancy J. Chodorow, PhD, instructor
Working with gender and sexuality poses a
particular challenge for the clinician, because none of us learns of these
after we begin our training. Rather, we enter the sex-gender world at
birth and even before, labeled and soon self-labeled in a personal-familial world
of emotionally-charged, unconscious, conscious and cultural-political
meanings. Our transferences and countertransferences to sexuality and
gender are formed early, held deeply and intertwined with our core of self and
identity. Dr. Nancy J. Chodorow has spent much of her career writing and
thinking about sexuality and gender. Her foundational The Reproduction
of Mothering rethought female development and described the developmental
and psychological importance of the mother-daughter relationship. In recent
years, she considered how this same mother-daughter relationship enters into
adult women’s conflicts and decisions about having or not having children.
"Heterosexuality as a Compromise Formation" argued that clinicians needed
to make the heterosexualities and their treatment as problematic and in need of
engagement as the homosexualities. Later, “Homosexualities as Compromise
Formations” advocated a more individualized and fine-tuned understanding on the
clinician’s part of what goes into anyone’s sexual identity and practices,
including that of the clinician. Her recent Individualizing Gender and
Sexuality: Theory and Practice investigates the many factors that compose
each person’s sense of masculine or feminine self, their feelings and conflicts
about their sexuality and gender and the ways we can work with these to help
our patients. This program will enable participants to learn more about the
many and varied components that go into each person’s, each patient’s,
sexuality and gender and to consider how the clinician’s own sex and gender,
formed from birth onwards, enter the consulting room and affect how we listen
to and how we can help patients. Participants will also consider the
impact of culture, cultural variation and cultural change on gender and sexual
identities and practices and explore how gender and sexuality become enmeshed
in transference and countertransference.
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
countertransference and the expectations about sexuality and gender that
they bring to their clinical work
the psychologies of sexuality and gender in helping patients
how to help patients to think about their own gender and sexuality in
terms of each patient’s unique individuality
how psychoanalytic thinking about sexuality and gender has changed over
the years, so that participants and their patients are less constrained by
old understandings and prejudices
Program Code: MS57
6 CE/CME Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton
Nancy J. Chodorow, Ph.D., is
Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute; Geographic
Rule Supervising Analyst, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute, Faculty, San
Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical
School; and Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of California,
Berkeley. Her books include Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and
Practice, The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis,
Gender, and Culture, Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and
Beyond, Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory and The Reproduction
of Mothering. She is author of numerous articles on comparative theory and
technique, Loewald and the Loewaldian tradition, sexuality, women, men and
gender. She has won numerous awards and fellowships.
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