Upcoming Courses & Events
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.
NCSPP’s Pre-licensed Clinicians Committee invites you to the 24th in a series of conversations with experienced clinicians in the field of depth psychology. Join your colleagues for an evening of food, wine, and timely discussion with Dr. Francisco González about Social/Community Psychoanalysis, which not only has links to questions of culture, race, ethnicity, and identity, but also opens the larger question of what we understand psychoanalysis itself to be.
When our clients’ interests intersect with our own, it can imbue the dyad with a sense of mutuality. However, when we have the feeling that we can’t get it, it raises concerns about how we can relate to our client. Can we as therapists leave behind our higher viewpoint and embrace “low culture” as a vehicle for connection?
In this course, we will explore ways to approach these cultural divides, using case examples and ideas drawn from queer studies and contemporary relational psychoanalysis, as well as manga, basketball, hip-hop, and other “low culture” places.
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.