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January Scientific Meeting 1/21/23

January 21, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free – $25.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

Saturday, January 21, 2023    1–3 pm

via Zoom (link sent via email the day prior to meeting)

WNEPS members, WNEIP candidates and all students/trainees attend free
Non-members: $25 professional registration fee (includes CME/CE certificate with completed evaluation)

Gender Fluidities and Valences in Childhood

Speaker: Eve Watson, PhD
Discussant: Oren Gozlan, PsyD


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Sexuality for children and adolescents is a site of intense curiosity, brooding, and fluidity and it is not unusual for an intensive questioning of subjectivity to be supported by a gender-based identity query. Transitioning out of childhood and adolescence can be a significant challenge, added to by gender questioning. This talk explores  the “queerness” of childhood in light of it as a periodicity of frustrations, perplexities, helplessness, abjections, and “defeats of appetite” and considers how this does not fit well with contemporary culture which promotes ideals and objects of happiness, pleasure, and choice. The talk will also explore the ethics specific to psychoanalysis which sometimes run counter to social ideals and the social “good.”

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Think critically about the diagnostic criteria and ideological aspects behind “gender dysphoria”
  2. Evaluate the cultural importance of children and young people to conceptions of mental health and personhood
  3. Understand the history of psychoanalysis and its treatment of LGBTQ+ patients
  4. Critically assess the “queerness” of childhood
  5. Critically explore psychoanalytic ethics and its differentiation from Aristotelian ethics

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About Dr. Watson

Eve Watson Ph.D. is an academic, psychoanalyst, and writer. Her book is “Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory”, co-edited w/Noreen Giffney (Punctum, 2017). She is the editor of Lacunae, the international journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis, and is a fully accredited member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI). She is a researcher and writer and has published dozens of essays in psychoanalysis, sexuality studies, film theory, and cultural and critical theory. From 2008-2015, she was head of arts and psychotherapy programs and senior lecturer at Independent College, Dublin. She regularly gives conference papers, public talks, and seminars on various psychotherapeutic and mental health issues to both general and specialized audiences as well as media, and co-ordinates conferences and seminars.

She is the course director of Dublin’s Freud Lacan institute (FLi). In 2022, she was the Erik Erikson Scholar-in-Residence at the Austen Riggs Centre, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Well-known and regarded for her inter-group and interdisciplinary collaborations and projects, she is currently working on three book projects; one is a co-edited collection on the drive (2023), another is edited collection on Freud’s case studies in contemporary contexts (2023). One other, her own authored book on psychoanalysis and film, is expected in 2024.

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CME/CE Accreditation

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 Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.                     

This program is being reviewed for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

 A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists.


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January 21, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free – $25.00
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Online via Zoom
CT United States


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