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These events are of interest to both the general public as well mental health professionals.

Institute of CFS

Envy of the Feminine

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Marie Murphy, MSW, BCD; and Discussants: Justine Kalas Reeves, DPsyche and Michael Krass, PhD
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Location: via Zoom
Time: 12:15-2:15pm

Gerald Fogel wrote that, “deprived of his feminine parts, a man is castrated, compromised, less than whole” (1998, p. 695). This program will investigate the ways destructive envy of the containing function motivates what John Steiner (2019) refers to as the ‘denigration and repudiation of the feminine’ as embodied in sexual and psychological violence by males toward females. That is, the assault of a female’s mind by way of sexual invasion is a type of projective identification, a hateful impingement on the containing function of the feminine other in order to cannibalize it and leave it damaged or decimated.

The analytic treatment of a misogynistic man whose mind is organized around fantasies of testicular damage will be discussed from this perspective. From this case, the speakers will seek to draw conclusions about some of the psychic underpinnings of male sexual and psychological violence towards females.

Despite recently heightened awareness of sexual intrusions into the bodies and minds of girls and women, the role of envy of the containing function in motivating sexual and psychological violence by males toward females remains under-appreciated. This program will seek to address this gap in thinking about this issue. In addition, this patient’s assaults on other people’s minds serves to protect him from his terrible conflict of wanting warmth and attunement yet fearing such contact could cause him further helplessness and shame.

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Contemporary Freudian Society

After the Shipwreck: The Individual Psyche and the Social Unconscious

One Session Program (4 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Keynote Speaker: Spyros D. Orfanos, PhD, ABPP and Discussants: Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD and Alan Nathan, PsyD
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 11:00am - 3:30pm

In recent years and, in particular, in 2020, the word unprecedented has been omnipresent and probably one of the most common adjectives to describe crisis after unraveling crisis.  Things seem to get worse before they get worse.  At times, the deep and dynamic psychological forces at play as we experience them seem overwhelming. This multimedia presentation will address the possibilities for repair and transformation in the midst of the ongoing health, racial, economic and sociopolitical shipwrecks. In particular, the so-called American immigration or migration crisis and related problems of othering will be taken up.

The challenge is to create ways in which citizen psychoanalysts can collectively work out a psychology for clinical, community, and human rights work. The devastating effects of the “assault on reality,” the denial of science, and the lack of human decency can be altered with courageous resiliency.

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Contemporary Freudian Society

Pol-Pot Trauma Reaches Our Shores: Online Interviews During COVID-19

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Gilbert Kliman, MD
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Live Online via Zoom
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

A traumatized Cambodian mother and child were seen forensically by a senior psychoanalyst. The task was assisted by psychoanalytic self-awareness and countertransferential knowledge.  Mother, a Pol Pot survivor was raped in a chaotic refugee camp during her childhood.  Her daughter was, years later, sexually harassed in a negligent U.S. kindergarten.  Transgenerational influences were powerful sources of psychological damage for both mother and child.   Videorecordings of interviews will be shown during the seminar.  Epigenesis, moral injury and betrayal effects will be discussed as will the persisting attachment from prior in-person interviews in facilitating the online work.  The report and a deposition resulted in a generous financial settlement.

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