It is undeniable that trans people are targets for violence and systemic oppression at every level: intrapersonal, interpersonal, in their communities and within institutions. From murdering them to denying basic civil rights and human dignity, erasing trans people from public life is perpetuating violence towards trans communities, and in psychoanalytic institutions we have not been the exception. Historically, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thinkers have been well known for pathologizing trans and other gender creative experiences. Some examples of this are labeling trans people as psychotic (Millot, 1984), and categorizing non-binary gender identities as “confused”. These types of assumptions operate in the psychoanalytic clinician to push them to unconsciously participate in traumatogenic enactments when working with this population. This presentation will provide an opportunity to increase clinical competencies when working with trans and gender creative patients to strengthen a therapeutic alliance. We will discuss how a return to Freud can be useful when trying to work from an anti-oppressive perspective in psychoanalytic practice with trans and other marginalized patients.
About the Program
Emory University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies that is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of psychoanalysis across a range of disciplines. The Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP) deals with the theory, application, and history of psychoanalytic thought and practice. It is not a clinical training program.
PSP students are provided a great deal of flexibility in designing courses of study to suit their unique needs and interests. Because psychoanalytic thought is not bound to one discipline, students are encouraged to cross disciplinary and intellectual boundaries.