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Misogyny in Psychoanalysis

April 6th, 13, 20th, 27th, 2023

4 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive:

  • 4 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
  • 4 Links to the Recordings
  • A Learning Resource Guide with additional material

Course Description

The story of psychoanalysis began with men trying to understand women through the study of hysteria and more significantly through the lens of male experience, with male experience being seen as the “norm.” In the hundred years since the inception of psychoanalysis, many of Freud’s theories have been challenged, re-described, abandoned and indeed defended in bitter battles.

With a striking consistency, there is a remarkable disappearing act that takes place for the women who have taken part in these battles and more importantly, their contributions have been dismissed or relegated to a “special interest”.  The fact that writers who challenge the role of women in psychoanalysis either self-label as feminist, or are labelled as feminists, reflects that the mainstream remains non-representative of women’s experiences. The question in this is does this mean that mainstream psychoanalysis is inherently misogynistic, where the male experience is still taken to be the “norm?”

In psychoanalysis, misogyny lives in plain sight, seemingly above and beyond the usual conventions of workplace etiquette or even a vague awareness of sexism. Ironically, for a field whose main currency is reflection, the different treatment of women is often over-looked as it is interwoven into psychoanalytic theory.

It is common place in psychoanalytic literature and in the presentation of case studies for a description of the, usually female, analysand’s attractiveness to be given as a diagnosis rather than an opinion, for the word ‘feminine’ to be used as a synonym for submission, for psychosexual development to miss the glaringly obviously important stage of menstruation, for a child’s development to be modelled on the theory of male psychosexual development as described by Freud, for women to still be described in terms of their  loss of not having a penis but gaining a baby – not a vagina, and for the fundamental experiences of pregnancy, birth and menopause to continue to be overlooked.

This course addresses these issues to give a contemporary understanding of the role misogyny plays in psychoanalysis and how it can be addressed. It invites you to think about how women are seen and treated in psychoanalysis; to understand the historic impact and explore the current implications for clinical treatment for all genders.

This course is ideal if:

  • You are currently in clinical practice as a psychotherapist / psychoanalyst
  • You have an interest in psychotherapy / psychoanalysis / psychology
  • You are interested in gender studies
  • This course is also relevant for supervisors and training therapists as it addresses how to think and talk about misogyny in clinical practice

Course Overview:

Week 1 – Origins of Misogyny in Psychoanalysis

Week 2 – Theoretical Implications of misogyny in Psychoanalysis

Week 3 – The Misogynistic Introject

Week 4 – Misogyny in the Clinical Context

By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To:

  • Have a comprehensive overview of the history of misogyny as it has become institutionalized in psychoanalysis.
  • Theoretical understanding of Misogyny from a Winnicottian perspective.
  • Understand the current context of misogyny in psychoanalysis and the interplay of societal attitudes with training and practicing in psychoanalysis / psychotherapy
  • Have a formulation for thinking about your own internalized misogyny and how this may be impacting on sense of self, especially in clinical contexts.

Get the Book:

CEC Learning Objectives:

  • Identify three historical factors contributing to institutionalized misogyny within psychoanalytic theory.
  • Differentiate a male-centric vs. female-centric approach to psychoanalysis from a Winnicottian perspective.
  • Analyze the dynamics that contribute to the current context of misogyny in psychoanalysis and identify the cultural attitudes that continue to influence psychoanalytic training and practice.
  • Assess the way(s) internalized misogyny may be impacting your sense of self and influencing your clinical practice or clinical therapy.

Program Details

Dates

April 6th, 13, 20th, 27th, 2023

Noon – 1:00 PM PDT

Registration Fees

  • $235 General Rate
  • $185 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $135 Pacifica Student Rate
  • $30.00 CECs (4 CEC hours)*

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.

*Live attendance at all Zoom sessions is required for verification of CEC hours (no partial CEC Certificates are offered). Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs

About the Teacher

Michaela Chamberlain trained at the Bowlby Centre in London and also studied in the Psychoanalytic Unit at University College London. Shortly after qualifying at the Bowlby Centre in 2016, she started teaching Freud and attachment theory and became CEO of the Bowlby Centre. She worked as an honorary psychotherapist in two NHS Trusts for several years. She has presented clinical papers at public forums and has been published in the journal Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. Her latest book, Misogyny in Psychoanalysis, was released in May 2022. She is currently carrying out a doctoral research project on a psychoanalytic reading of gendered blood in live art and psychoanalytic writing at Roehampton University, UK.

She is currently in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and is a supervisor and training therapist in London UK.

General Information

Location

Hosted Online

Cancellations

Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 4 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177).  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content.  Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Continuing Education Goal.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.  Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

 

Registration Details

April 6th, 13, 20th, 27th, 2023

  • Number of Classes: 4 Classes
  • Class Length: 60 min.
  • Class Time: Noon – 1:00 PM PDT
  • Total Duration: 4 Hours
  • CECs: 4

Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.