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Online Saturday Morning Seminar: February 19, 2022: Patricia Gherovici, PhD - Learning from Transgender: Intersectionality and the Future of Psychoanalysis

  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Online via Zoom


Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society

(a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association)

presents an

Online Saturday Morning Seminar


Patricia Gherovici, PhD


Learning from Transgender: Intersectionality and
the Future of Psychoanalysis

February 19, 2022
10am - 12:15pm

Please note: Program begins at 10am.

Online Via Zoom

Please click here for instructions on using Zoom.

This program, which addresses issues related to gender identity,  meets 2.0 hours of the 3.0-hour requirement for psychologists licensed in the state of Tennessee to obtain continuing education that pertains to cultural diversity.

Program Description

In this intermediate-level presentation, Dr. Gherovici will address the following questions: Can psychoanalysis as a clinical practice and as a theoretical discourse address the issues of gender and sexually diverse analysands? Is psychoanalysis normative, sexist, and patriarchal? Is psychoanalysis an exclusionary practice? 

Working from the notion of intersectionality, which stresses the importance of multiple subjective constructions such as race, gender, class, and sexual identity that crisscross and overlap, Dr. Gherovici starts from her clinical experience as a psychoanalyst working with Latinx and gender minorities to assert that psychoanalysis needs a “sex change.” The trans experience has shifted paradigms of normativity. It is our duty to assess the silent revolution that has taken place. Dr. Gherovici will also present clinical vignettes and offer new tools for a psychoanalysis of the future.

Patricia Gherovici, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and recipient of the 2020 Sigourney Award for her clinical and scholarly work with Latinx and gender variant communities. Her single-authored books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003) winner of the Gradiva Award and The Boyer Prize, Please Select your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgederism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference (Routledge: 2017). 

Dr. Gherovici edited two volumes with Manya Steinkoler: Lacan On Madness: Madness Yes You Can't ( Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016). Most recently, she published with Chris Christian Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (Winner of the Gradiva Award for best edited collection and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize; Routledge: 2019.)


9:30am Participants Can Join Zoom Meeting.

9:55am Welcome and Introduction

10:00am Learning from Transgender: Intersectionality and the Future of Psychoanalysis

11:00am Break

11:15am Conclusion of Presentation followed by Q&A.

12:15pm Complete Online Evaluations and Adjourn.

Learning Objectives
After attending this intermediate seminar in full, participants will be able to:

1) Identify and overcome at least two common prejudices about working clinically with gender and sexuality non-normative patients. 

2) Implement at least two approaches to provide a more humanized psychoanalytic treatment for populations of marginalized race, gender, class, or sexual identities and thus avoid exclusionary practices.

This program is open to all APS members
. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode. The m
aterial will be appropriate for clinicians with intermediate levels of experience and knowledge.

Registration Fees and Policies
BY February 14, 2022:
Professional Members and Scholar Members: $45
Non-members: $60
Early-Career Professional Members: $35
Graduate Student Members: Free

AFTER February 14, 2022:
Professional Members and Scholar Members: $60
Non-members: $75
Early-Career Professional Members: $50.
Graduate Student Members: Free

Registration will close on February 18, 2022.

If you prefer to pay by check, please print the Program Registration form, and mail with your payment to:

Wesley Gosselin, LMSW
APS Treasurer
100 Forest Court
Knoxville, TN 37919.

Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 48 hours before date of conference. Contact Wesley Gosselin, LMSW

Contact the APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD to negotiate fees, if needed.

APS Membership
Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2021-2022 program year for $80. Scholars can join/renew for $50, and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $45. Graduate students may join or renew for $25.

American Psychological Association Approval Statement

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 2.0 continuing education credits. Partial credit is not available for partial attendance.  With full attendance and completion of an online program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued by email. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.

In order to fulfill licensure requirements, the Rules of the Board of Examiners in Psychology in Tennessee ( state that psychologists must obtain three continuing education hours that pertain to cultural diversity as specifically noted in the title, description of objectives, or curriculum of the presentation, symposium, workshop, seminar, course or activity. Cultural diversity includes aspects of identity stemming from age, disability, gender, race/ethnicity, religious/spiritual orientation, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other cultural dimensions, but one of the objectives or descriptions of the topics covered shall clearly indicate attention to cultural diversity.  These hours shall be Type I or Type II.  

This program meets 2.0 hours of the 3.0-hour requirement for psychologists licensed in the state of Tennessee to obtain continuing education that pertains to cultural diversity.

To be eligible for CE credit, please:

  • Make sure your Zoom name (first and  last) is identifiable. Use the Chat Box to inform program hosts if more than one person is watching via a single Zoom account.

  • Be present for the entire program.

  • A link to the program evaluation will be shared with participants via the Chat Box at the end of the presentation while the speaker is answering final questions. Participants will enter their names and email addresses on the evaluation so that APS can distribute certificates via email.

  • Please complete the evaluation by 2pm on the day of the program.  

  • CE certificates will be emailed within a week after the program.

APS and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. APS and Division 39 are also committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.

Selected References/Recommended Reading

Gherovici, P. (2021) “Does the Father Need to be a Man? Trans* Embodiments and Parenthood” in Liliane Weissberg, Psychoanalysis, Motherhood, and the Modern Family, Palgrave, Macmillan, 165-184.

Gherovici, P. (2019) Introduction and chapter 13, “Psychoanalysis of Poverty, Poverty of Psychoanalysis”, 1-15 and 221-234. In Patricia Gherovici and Christopher Christian, eds Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class and the Unconscious, New York, Routledge. 

Gherovici, P. (2018) “Psychoanalysis Needs a Sex Change” in Oren Gozlan (ed.) Current Critical Debates in the Field of Transsexual Studies: In Transition, Routledge: New York, 75-88.

Gherovici, P. (2017) Transgender Psychoanalysis, New York: Routledge. 

Gherovici, P. (2017). “Depathologizing Trans: From Symptom to Sinthome” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Vol 4, Numbers 3-4, 534-555. to-Sinthome.

If participants have special needs, APS will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Division 39, APS, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risks/limitations of the approaches discussed will be addressed, as applicable.

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