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posted Jun 25, 2019, 8:30 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 8:30 PM ]

New rates, new programs, and new this year - a Diversity Conference. Join Today! For more information contact info@cfps-tx.org or 713-524-0790.

2019-2020 Diversity Conference

posted Jun 25, 2019, 8:23 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 9:56 AM by Cristy Jennings ]

GENDERED HATRED/GENDERED LOVE: WORKING PSYCHOANALYTICALLY IN THE ERA OF CONTEMPORARY MISOGYNIES

Oksana Yakushko, PhD


This presentation will examine contemporary misogynistic movements and their victims. Prior views of gender roles have biologized gender differences and pathologized non-normative gender behaviors. Contemporary misogynies often rely on these same narratives while utilizing social media and the internet global business reach. The presentation will explore how the barrage of misogynistic messages can lead to such behaviors as purchasing women/wives online (e.g., "mail order brides," trafficking) or joining hate-filled gender-focused groups such as InCels (i.e., Involuntary Celibates responsible for several deadly attacks on women in recent years). Historical contributions and current trends will be explored through a psychoanalytic lens, including contemporary scholars who write about gender, sexuality, and globalization such as Sara Ahmed (UK) and Mari Ruti (Canada). Case vignettes of clinical work with "mail order brides" and their children in the U.S. will be presented. The audience will be encouraged to dialogue about transference and countransference issues in working with individuals who are directly impacted by new forms of misogyny.

Friday, August 23, 2019 
1:00 - 4:15 PM (12:30 PM Check-In)
The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill Street, Houston, TX 77007
3 CE/CME/CEUs

Conference Registration online at www.cfps-tx.org
Registration Fees (includes snacks & beverages) 
Alumni Members/CFPS Faculty $75 | Associate Members $100
Student Members/CFPS Candidates and Trainees $50 | Non-members $125


Oksana Yakushko, PhD is Chair of Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California; a clinician in private practice; and a psychoanalytic candidate at National Training in Psychoanalysis (New York, NY). Her scholarly work has focused on issues related to immigration, especially xenophobia, human trafficking, and complex immigrant adaptation processes. More recently Dr. Yakushko has addressed these topics from critical psychoanalytic standpoints, including in her recent book Modern Day Xenophobia (Palgrave, 2019) and upcoming book Scientific Pollyannaism (Palgrave, in press). She has also published and presented on the history of eugenics: in Western academic psychology, in relation to the exclusion of psychoanalysis, and the rise of contemporary forms of misogyny and racism. Her clinical practice includes many recent immigrants, including "mail order brides" and diverse individuals facing contemporary forms of gender discrimination.

Learning Objectives:

After attending the conference in its entirety, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify 2 examples of historical and contemporary forms of "scientific sexism" in relation to individual gendered experiences (i.e., "alpha males," women as "breeders") and 2 examples of cultural misogyny manifestations such as InCels (Involuntary Celibates) and "mail order bride" phenomena.
  2. Describe 2 clinical implications of psychoanalytic theories of self, gender, and development relating to these phenomena, drawing especially on the views of Freud, Ferenczi, Fairbairn, Klein, Bollas, Fanon, and Layton.

References (partial list)
  • Bernay, T. & Cantor, D. (2013). The psychology of today's woman: New psychoanalytic visions. Routledge.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. J., Cheung, B. Y., & Schaller, M. (2011). Do scientific theories affect men's evaluations of sex crimes? Aggressive Behavior, 37(5), 440-449.
  • Dimen, M. & Goldner, V. (Eds., 2002). Gender in psychoanalytic space: Between clinic and culture. Other Press, LLC.
  • Ruti, M. (2015). The age of scientific sexism: How evolutionary psychology promotes gender profiling and fans the battle of the sexes. Toronto, Canada: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Yakushko, O, & Rajan, I. (2017). Global love for sale: Divergence and convergence of human trafficking with “Mail Order Brides” and international arranged marriage phenomena. Women & Therapy, 40(1-2), 190-206.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint provider status of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 135 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies has been approved to offer continuing education units to social workers by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies is approved by The American Psychoanalytic Association through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to offer continuing education credit to licensed professional counselors.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies is approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education activities for marriage and family therapists

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Register by Paying Online

Alumni Members/CFPS Faculty $75 




Associate Members $100




Student Members/CFPS Candidates and Trainees $50




Non-Alumni Clinician Members $125


May 3, 2019 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Apr 5, 2019, 1:10 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 8:27 PM by Crissy Nolen ]

Karen R. Strupp, PhD.
The Therapist's Musical Reverie 

Lombardi discussed the functions of time and musical reverie in the clinical process. Given that music is associated with the concrete world of bodily sensations and with symbolic expressions of culture, it may serve as an important transitional phenomenon in analytic communication at both conscious and unconscious levels. Nebbiosi compared musical patterns to the patient’s emotional patterns, asserting that musical thinking could help in understanding clinical processes and impasses. He presented an evocative case study which illustrated the use of musical reverie and embodied experience in the clinical encounter.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 Noon to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 


April 5, 2019 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006Untitled Post

posted Mar 4, 2019, 2:48 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated Mar 4, 2019, 2:50 PM ]

Glen Gabbard, MD, The End of the Hour: Exit Lines Gabbard defined exit lines as the patient’s last words dropped at the end of the session in order to keep them out of the therapeutic process and render the therapist impotent and unable to respond. He provided clinical vignettes to illustrate the heightened transference-countertransference that occur in these sorts of enactments. Learning objectives: 1. Define what is meant by “exit lines” in clinical work, including their defensive functions. 2. Explain why exit lines are considered enactments. 

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 Noon to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 

                                                                                    Click here to RSVP

March 1, 2019 - CFPS Library - 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Feb 11, 2019, 12:46 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated Mar 4, 2019, 2:30 PM ]

Efrain Bleiberg, MD
The Use of Humor - The use of jokes and humor
from clinical and theoretical perspectives
Newirth reviewed Freud’s concept of “joke-work” as parallel to “dream-work.” He presented clinical examples in which humor was a vehicle for interpreting, organizing, perceiving, and generating unconscious meanings and developing deep intersubjective experiences of emotional connection. Corbett illustrated the psychotherapeutic action of comedy in the opening phase of treatment of a man with an early history of neglect. Comedy helped to defy neurotic gravity, reanimate primal density, open a maternal erotic transference, and access underlying aggression.


CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
To RSVP for Round Table, please click the link below.



February 1, 2019 - CFPS Library - 11:00 - 12:30 PM 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:35 AM by CFPS Information   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:51 AM ]

Felicia Powell-Williams, EdD, LPC
Cultural Biases Underlying Psychoanalytic Theory
Lynne Layton proposed that identity has both oppressive and facilitating characteristics. She suggested that inequalities in the social world may produce narcissistic wounds that are then enacted by patient and therapist. Through a variety of enactments with an Asian American patient, Layton began to recognize the unconscious racial and cultural biases underlying some “basic” psychoanalytic ideals, such as independence, happiness, and love. Sue Grand similarly used a clinical impasse in an extremely poignant case to examine the philosophical premises and cultural biases within the foundations of psychoanalytic theory. Her patient had a collectivized self, but no individual psychology. His Christian worldview collided with the Jewish ethos of psychoanalysis. Grand concluded that we need to reconceptualize our understanding of the psychoanalytic subject.


CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
To RSVP for Round Table, please click the link below.

January 4, 2019 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Nov 6, 2018, 4:19 AM by Cristy Jennings


Jean Goodwin, MD
Sequelae of Massive Trauma
Based on Kay Souter’s psychohistorical examinations, Bion’s theories were informed by his horrific experiences as a teenage tank commander during World War I. Bion not only described how trauma affects the psyche through attacks on thinking and linking, he also applied his insights to the infant-mother relationship, emphasizing the necessity of intermind experiences for psychic survival. Years later, Samuel Gerson built on object relational conceptions of trauma after observing Holocaust survivors and their children. He described how massive trauma resulted in the collapse of the transitional space and contributed to the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Both articles emphasize the essential role of witnessing to sustain life after severe trauma.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
To RSVP for Round Table, please click the link below.

November 2, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Oct 12, 2018, 3:41 PM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Oct 13, 2018, 7:24 AM by Crissy Nolen ]

Join us for our Alumni Round Table Discussion Series:
Alana Spiwak, MD
New Topics in Psychological Development
Christopher Bonovitz asserted that young adulthood is a developmental stage in its own right, distinct from adolescence. The primary developmental task of young adulthood is separation from the parents, which involves a symbolic parricide. Bonovitz illustrated his ideas with a case of “failure to launch,” in which the patient’s development was stalled by a narcissistic vulnerable parent unable to allow the self to be “killed off.” While classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theories focus on the parent-child relationship with regard to personality development and psychopathogenesis, sibling relationships are relatively unexamined and undertheorized by comparison. Marilyn Charles’ evocative paper examines sibling relationships, providing examples of how they may foster or impede psychological development.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
To RSVP for Round Table, please click the link below.

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

posted Oct 3, 2018, 12:35 PM by CFPS Information


Join us for our Round Table Discussion Series 
Lost and Found
Facilitator: Jay Alan Davis, MD    
 These articles explore the dynamics of losing things, getting lost, being forgotten, and forgetting one’s self. According to a classic paper by Anna Freud, the child is more prone to get lost when the mother is unable to hold him/her in mind and engage in a process of mutual holding in memory. Sheldon Bach described how such issues may result in problems with self/object constancy, anxiety, memory, and learning. When these problems were revived in the transference and counter-transference in his treatment of a young adult patient, the therapist and patient struggled to keep each other alive in memory. In modern parlance, these are relational traumas and the therapeutic interventions must promote development of mentalization functions.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
To RSVP for Round Table, please click the link below.

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

posted Jul 25, 2018, 7:53 AM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 12:26 PM by Cristy Jennings ]

Join us for our Round Table Discussion Series 
 "The Evolution of  Psychoanalytic Theory From the Oedipus complex to the infant-parent relationship"
By JoAnn Ponder, PhD
CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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