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Psychoanalysis in El Barrio

Psychoanalysis in El Barrio

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

In this conference, three clinicians will demonstrate through clinical case presentations, the application of analytic principles in their work with Latino patients, who are also affected by poverty, capturing the complexities introduced by similarities and differences in culture, class, language, immigration, ethnicity and race.

Counter to the not uncommon belief that the working poor are so consumed with the pressures of everyday living that they can only benefit from symptom-focused and concrete interventions, is the understanding that psychoanalysis protects psychic space and facilitates the understanding and expansion of the unconscious realm. Often the resistance to exploring the unconscious of working-class patients is located in the analyst, marked by a reluctance to enter the subjective world of the patient, and step outside of his or her own. These challenges will be addressed in what promises to be a stimulating morning of clinical case presentations with ample room for discussion.

Presenters include:

 - Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice and founding member and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Study Group and Seminar. She is the author of The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press, 2003), winner of the Gradiva Award and the 2004 Boyer Prize, and of Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge, 2010). She has co-edited with Manya Steinkoler, Lacan Madness: Madness, Yes You Can't (Routledge, forthcoming) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis, and Comedy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). 

 - Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D. is a supervisor of psychotherapy at the W.A. White Institute, and is Associate Editor of the institute's journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is on the supervising faculty of the clinical psychology programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, and CUNY. Dr. Mujica is Clinical Chair of the November 2012 International Conference in NYC. He served as President of NYSPA's Division of Psychoanalysis in 2010, and is Member-at-Large for APA's Division of Psychoanalysis.

 - Carlos Padrón, MA, is an advanced candidate in Adult Psychoanalysis at IPTAR. He holds an MA in Philosophy with a Concentration in Psychoanalysis from the New School for Social Research. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Studies at NYU, and writes on the continuities and discontinuities between Philosophy, Literature, and Psychoanalysis; Comparative Philosophy; and Latin American Thought. He is one of the founders and leaders of Crítica Latinoamericana, a collective dedicated to exploring and writing about cultural, political, artistic, and philosophical themes related to Latin America. He co-edits the collective’s website:

 - Chris Christian, Ph.D. is a member of IPTAR, Assistant Professor, New School for Social Research; co-editor with Michael J. Diamond of The Second Century of Psycho-analysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action (Karnac, 2011); and with Morris Eagle and David Wolitzky of the forthcoming Conflict and Psychoanalysis: A Critical Reassessment (Routledge, expected in 2014). He is the Director of the New School-Beth Israel Center for Clinical Training and Research; and co-chair of the Norbert Freedman Center for Psychoanalytic Research at IPTAR.

Event sponsored by The New School for Social Research Psychology Department and Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR)

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