Upcoming Courses & Events
In this course, we will examine the unconscious defense strategies that patients employ to manage unbearable pain. We will examine the theoretical underpinnings of these strategies looking at autistic and dissociative defenses as well as feelings of deadness, the claustrum, and the work of the negative. Case material will serve as a springboard for thinking about strategies to enliven these patients in our clinical work.
Engage in great conversation while we sip affordable, delicious happy hour drinks and munch on tasty bites. Join us on the outdoor patio, which features lights and a giant redwood tree, as we talk about graduate and professional life. This is a great opportunity to unwind after your day and start spring off right with your colleagues. The Double Standard is conveniently located in downtown Oakland, just steps from the 19th Street BART station.
This seminar will take up female identity development (distinct from traditional ways of understanding development), sexuality, and Oedipal conflicts, with discussion of the meanings of mourning, sexuality, maternal identification, separation-individuation, recognition and power, post-Oedipal functioning, and the imperative to find a creative “way out” to becoming an embodied, potent, autonomous, and loving woman. We will weave in theory and clinical material to contemplate how Bechdel’s work illustrates the broad spectrum of issues around female identity.
Psychoanalysis began as a technique for freeing up blockages in desire that Freud thought created neurosis. In this class, we will take a fresh look at Oedipal dynamics in an effort to understand how the inhibition or liberation of desire works to either free the mind and its development, or constrict it. Through this study, I hope students will gain an understanding as to why the Oedipal Complex remains of central value both theoretically and clinically.
This presentation is designed to describe the multiple factors in the marginalization of Black youth, including a failure in society’s mentalization of Black boys, a phenomenon most often reflected in the denial of their developmental period of “boyhood.” Thus, rather than an image of Black boys as vulnerable and at risk, a mentalized social image of what has been described as “a denigrated self-image” is perpetuated. The research documenting the need for this presentation grew out of “The Brotherman Study,” a project that interviewed 40 lower- to upper-middle-class Black boys and their parents to give credence to their voices and individual needs. This course is designed for all mental health professionals, from beginning to advanced levels. It is geared towards clinicians who wish to further their knowledge and expand their skill base in psychodynamic clinical work with Black boys.