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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

32nd Annual Symposium (2007): Gender Play, Sexuality and the Erotic in the Clinical Situation

Dianne Elise, Ph.D. (San Francisco, CA), “Excitements and Entwinements: Women, Sex and Gender”

Gerald Fogel, M.D. (Portland, OR), “Gender Play, Bisexuality, and Thirdness in the Transference-Countertransference”

Discussants: Nancy Kulish, Ph.D., Don Spivak, M.D.

Moderator: Deanna Holtzman, Ph.D.

The Symposium will emphasize contemporary views of gender and sexuality contrasted with classical views. Speakers with utilize clinical vignettes to demonstrate that ambiguities and paradoxes of gender, sexuality and thirdness inevitably arise with all patients regardless of anatomical sex, core gender identity or sexual orientation. Gender play addresses the fluid nature of gender amidst ever changing yet persistent cultural, social and psychological forces. The conference will examine how sexuality, gender and the erotic play out in the transference-countertransference of the treatment situation. Our welcome is extended to all mental health professionals, academics, students, and interested community members.

The Symposium has been approved for 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.
The Symposium has been approved by MI-SW-CEC for 5 CE Clock Hours.

Hotel Baronette, Novi, MI
Saturday, March 17, 2007
8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

For more information, call the office at 248-851-3380 or 734-213-3399.

Dianne Elise, Ph.D. is a Supervising and Personal Analyst on the Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an Associate Editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is author of numerous papers, on gender, sexuality, and erotic transference. Her works have evolved from examining theories of femininity to writing about the body of the couple and the erotic third, erotic transference and the sexual body, and other works on absence of the paternal penis, women and desire, blocked creativity, tomboys and cowgirls, bisexuality, and gender differences in separation-individuation. She is in private practice in Oakland, CA.

Gerald I Fogel, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst, Founding Member and former Director of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine. Dr. Fogel is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He co-edited the following books: The Psychology of Men: New Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and Perversions and Near-Perversions in Clinical Practice and edited The Work of Hans Loewald: An Introduction and Commentary. He has written about masculinity, interiority and inner genital space in men, and what else can be lost in castration, among a wide variety of topics for publications and presentations. He is in private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Nancy Kulish, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst on the Faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, past President of MPI, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at University of Detroit Mercy, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Wayne State Medical School. She served as National Woman Psychoanalytic Scholar for 2005 of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Currently she is on the Editorial Board of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly and editorial reader of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. She has published and presented on topics as wide ranging as female sexuality, gender, transference/countertransference, and adolescence to termination. With Deanna Holtzman, Ph.D. she is the co-author of Nevermore: The Hymen and the Loss of Virginity. She is in private practice in Birmingham, Michigan.

Don Spivak, M.D. is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is a Faculty member of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and has taught classes on Paraphilias, Male Sexual Development, Sexual Orientation, and Psychoanalytic Developmental Issues. He is the child/adolescent psychiatric consultant for the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency. Dr. Spivak has provided professional consultation to agencies throughout the metropolitan area including schools and mental health clinics in many communities. He has spoken on a variety of topics mainly on the developmental issues facing children and families. He founded and participates in a Study Group on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues and Psychoanalysis. He is in private practice in Birmingham, Michigan.

Deanna Holtzman, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Past President of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. She is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University and Adjunct Professor Psychology at the University of Detroit. She currently co-chairs a workshop on Supervision for the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a Discussion Group on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Ideas on Masochism, as well as participating in a Study Group on the Female Body. Her teaching interests have centered on dreams, perversions, clinical technique and ethical issues. Dr. Holtzman is well known for her publications and presentations, in collaboration with Dr. Nancy Kulish, in the area of female psychology and sexuality; co-authoring the book Nevermore: the Hymen and the Loss of Virginity. She is in private practice in Birmingham, Michigan.