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First World Problems and Gated Communities of the Mind: An Ethics of Place in Psychoanalysis with Francisco J. Gonzalez, MD

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First World Problems and Gated Communities of the Mind: An Ethics of Place in Psychoanalysis with Francisco J. Gonzalez, MD

Saturday, January 22, 2022 10:30am to 1:00pm
via Zoom
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Please note the new time for this event!  It has changed from 9 - 11:30 to 10:30 - 1 pm.  

This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 2.5 continuing education credits.  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. This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-809-620 (definition of recognized categories of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers).

In this Alliance Master Class, Dr. Gonzalez will engage with participants in a close reading of his recent paper, “First world problems and gated communities of the mind: An ethics of place in psychoanalysis”.  Dr. Gonzalez will elaborate upon his thinking since publication, facilitate discussion, and answer questions.  All participants will receive a copy of the article upon registration.  In order to provide an intimate, stimulating discussion, the group will be limited to 10 participants who can directly engage with the author.

Gonzalez, F. J. (2020).  First world problems and gated communities of the mind: An ethics of place in psychoanalysis.  The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89(4), 741-770.

Using the social meme of “first world problems” as an opening, this paper articulates a continuous field of psychoanalysis which extends from the individual to the social, and is demarcated by an ethics of place.  Psychoanalytic processes are seen as taking place in a number of possible material settings, delimited by structures of framing which necessarily must exclude significant elements in order to make process accessible for work.  It problematizes the closed-door mentality of institutional psychoanalysis, arguing for a different future for psychoanalysis in the 21st century. Thinking of psychoanalysis in this way, as an extended field, opens the door to conceiving of ways of practicing that are typically neglected in our theorizing, both within conventional dyadic work in the consulting room and well beyond, to community psychoanalysis.  But this broader way of conceptualizing psychoanalytic practice also troubles us with ethical considerations, since we always close the door on something or, more importantly, on someone. These ideas are illustrated by clinical examples.

Francisco J. González, MD, is Faculty and Personal & Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, where he also serves as Co-Director and Community Psychoanalysis Supervising Analyst in the Community Psychoanalysis Track.  For over 20 years, he has worked as staff psychiatrist and consultant at Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a clinic for Latino immigrants in San Francisco. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and book and film reviews; his writing, which focuses on the articulation of psychic life at the intersection of the individual and the collective — including the domains of gender, sexuality, racialized difference, immigration, film, and group—has been awarded the Symonds Prize, the Ralph Roughton Award, and a JAPA Best Paper Award (2019).  Dr. Gonzalez also serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality.

Recent Publications:

Gonzalez, F. J. (2020).  Looking beyond: Toward a psychoanalytic future.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 68(6), 1101-1111.

Gonzalez, F. J. (2019).  Necessary disruptions: A discussion of Daniel Butler’s “Racialized Bodies and the Violence of the Setting”.  Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 20(3), 159-164.

Gonzalez, F. J. (2017).  The edge is a horizon: Commentary on Hansbury.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 65(6), 1061-1073.

Gonzalez, F. J. (2016).  On the relation to non-relationality.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26(5), 522-531.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to formulate the notion of framing (compared to the classical notion of the frame) and describe how it can be applied to forms of psychoanalytic process beyond the dyadic.

  • Participants will be able to explain how the frame as classically conceived poses ethical problems and articulate some of those problems.

  • Participants will be able to describe J. Puget’s sense of social excess, that is, the impact of the social order on individual psyches.

Participants: This event is designed for graduate level students in mental health and all mental health professionals from introductory to advanced levels.  The presentation is geared for clinicians who wish to advance their knowledge and expand their skill base in psychodynamic clinical work.

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $35 handling fee will be given up until one week before the presentation. 

This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 2.5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists.  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. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to John Allemand at 253-509-8302.  There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.  Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program's content.

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