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From continuity to contiguity: A response to the fraught temporality of gender with Oren Gozlan, PsyD, ABPP

From continuity to contiguity: A response to the fraught temporality of gender with Oren Gozlan, PsyD, ABPP Date: 2021-01-30 09:00 to 11:30
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From continuity to contiguity: A response to the fraught temporality of gender with Oren Gozlan, PsyD, ABPP

Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:00am to 11:30am
via Zoom
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This Master Class has filled and registration is closed.  Please contact John Allemand (contact info below) if you would like to be added to our waiting list.

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).

Are you working with adolescents who are struggling with gender identity? Do you have unanswered questions about the transition process in adolescents and young adults, in particular, the role (and goals) of hormone blockers? What constitutes a particularly psychoanalytic view of this dilemma? How can we maintain our valued stance of psychoanalytic neutrality in the debate around the “hormone question”? How can we utilize this stance in the service of discerning more accurately the child’s re/quest embedded in the desire for a gendered self?

In this Alliance Master Class, Dr. Oren Gozlan will engage with participants in a close reading and discussion of his paper, "From continuity to contiguity: A response to the fraught temporality of gender". Dr. Gozlan 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.

Gozlan, O. (2018). From continuity to contiguity: A response to the fraught temporality of gender. Psychoanalytic Review, 105(1), 1-29.

This paper examines current psychoanalytic engagements with the use of hormone blockers in transsexual children and the underlying premises concerning our understanding of the child's process of coming into his or her gendered self. Rather than taking sides in the debate, I explore how the "hormones question" becomes entangled in a series of misreadings and displacements through which the child's request could potentially be missed. In examining psychoanalytic conceptualizations of the trans child's agency, autonomy, and future and the relation between the natal body and gender, I ask, how is psychoanalytic discourse implicated in the very dilemmas it attempts to elucidate? Specifically, the essay examines critically the psychoanalytic use of continuity, authenticity, and alignment as implicit ideals, interrogates the focus on mourning as therapeutic horizon, and proposes that we conceive of gender as a good-enough placeholder with the potential to carry us from the ideal of continuity to an ethos of contiguity.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will be introduced to current psychoanalytic debates around transitioning youth.
  • Participants will have an expanded understanding of underlying assumptions around the concepts of continuity, authenticity, and alignment.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the idea of analytic temporality and its usefulness in framing challenges to the analyst's neutrality in dealing with transitioning youth.


Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian Approach


Oren Gozlan, Psy.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto. He is Chair of the scientific committee at the Toronto Institute for Psychoanalysis and a member of the Committee for Gender and Sexuality of the IPA. His book Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian Approach won the American Academy & Board of Psychoanalysis’ annual book prize for books published in 2015. He is also the winner of the Symonds Prize (2016). His recently published edited collection, Critical Debates in the Transsexual Studies Field: In Transition (Routledge), was a runner up for the 2019 Gradiva Award.



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 $15 handling fee will be given up until one week before the conference. 

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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