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October 2023 Scientific Meeting

October 21, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $25.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

 Saturday, October 21, 2023    4–6 pm EST

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

Hybrid meeting: in person at 255 Bradley Street, New Haven and via Zoom

A reception in honor of Kirsten Dahl, PhD & Rosemary Balsam, MD will follow the meeting at the Institute.
Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served

Changing Notions of the Feminine: Confronting Psychoanalyst’s Prejudices

Speaker: Margarita Cereijido, PhD
Discussants: Kirsten Dahl, PhD & Rosemary Balsam, MD


Women and Art: Creating Spaces for Identity and Freedom - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Psychoanalysis, from its beginnings, has a long history of pathologizing certain groups – women and homosexuals, to name a few. Personal beliefs and prejudices of the times – both past and present –seep into psychoanalytic theory, education and practice. Many new psychoanalytic ideas conceive of the feminine and notions of gender as conceptual constructs that shift and transform over time. Gender ideals change as culture changes. How analysts listen and give meaning to clinical material is significantly affected by the analyst’s own prejudices, her implicit and explicit theories as well as her subjective view of the world. If that be the case, are there ways in which psychoanalysts can ferret out their own prejudices with a view towards providing treatment unincumbered by bias? Dr. Margarita Cereijido, an internationally recognized thinker and writer on issues of gender, race, sexuality and politics in psychoanalysis will address how psychoanalysts can explore and support new notions of the feminine. Critical to this endeavor is an examination of one’s own gender prejudices, adopting an open curious attitude to the new scenarios patients bring to us and developing new psychoanalytic theories that do not pathologize alternative choices.

Both the current revisiting of Freud and exploring new psychoanalytic theories advocates an approach that de-pathologizes “different” lifestyles and family configurations such as, women who want to have children without a partner or with a female partner, homosexuals, non-binary persons, women who do not want to have children, etc.

Dr. Cereijido’s presentation will be followed by two discussions delivered by Drs. Rosemary Balsam and Kirsten Dahl. Dr. Balsam has published over one hundred academic publications and books on gender issues, mothers and daughters, “the vanished pregnant body” (to name a few) and is the winner of the coveted Sigourney Award for psychoanalytic achievement (2018). Dr. Dahl, a PhD Anthropologist and Emeritus Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst has multiple publications on female gender and sexuality. The presenters, all Training and Supervising Psychoanalysts, will engage in a spirited discussion followed by an open forum exchange of ideas with the audience. Offering ideas relevant to psychoanalysis, gender studies, psychology, and sociology, this conference will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and to students and trainees in social work, gender studies, psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to link their conceptions of the feminine to historical and present-day bias in psychoanalytic education and practice
  2. Participants will be able to demonstrate awareness of cultural biases in relation to gender, race and sexuality and its impact on one’s understanding of and practice of psychoanalysis
  3. Attendees should gain knowledge of and clinical strategies to work with their own cultural bias in their work with patients.


About Dr. Cereijido


Margarita Cereijido, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. She has written and taught on the areas of gender, culture, and prejudice. Recent publications include:   What Do Women Want Today? (edited with Ellman and Goodman) Routledge 2022, and Changing Notions of the Feminine; Challenging the Psychoanalyst’s Prejudices”, Karnac 2018. She organizes the Culture and Psychoanalysis annual conference at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. She is the North America Co-Chair of  the Committee of Women and Psychoanalysis (COWAP) at the International Psychoanalytic Association. She is in private practice in Washington, D.C.

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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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October 21, 2023
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