2019-2020 Diversity Conference


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


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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