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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Visiting Professor, Ken Corbett, Ph.D., A Murder Over a Girl

29th Annual Visiting Professor
Ken Corbett, Ph.D.

“A Murder Over a Girl”

Monday, March 16, 2015
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is honored to have Dr. Ken Corbett with us for the week of March 16th - March 21, 2015.

Ken Corbett, Ph.D. is a noted psychoanalyst and author of the 2009 book, Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities. A graduate of Columbia University in clinical and developmental psychology, Dr. Corbett has a longstanding interest in gender studies. He is currently working on the role of play in psychotherapeutic technique and also is at work on A Murder Over a Girl, a nonfiction account of the murder of one boy by another. Dr. Corbett teaches at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, supervises nationally and has a private practice in New York City.

Please note: The March 16th event will include dinner prior to the paper presentation. Due to limited space, there are only 90 registrations available. Registration deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015. A $40.00 fee must be paid at the time of reservation. For information, please contact Monica Simmons.

Practice Gap/Need: Practicing psychoanalysts and therapists often fail to consider the implications of social and personal views of gender and gender identity and individual gender and sexual development in understanding the multiple facets of adolescent behavior and social and psychological pathology. The program considers these issues by examining the murder of a fifteen-year-old boy by a classmate provoked by transgender issues. The story of the murder and the trial reveals stories about adolescence, civil rights, culpability, mercy, addiction, neglect, neurobiological development, localism, a failing school system, sexuality, gender, homophobia, trans-phobia, race, class and trauma. During the trial, both boys were portrayed as bullies and this program considers such topics as the inversion of hate (who was the bully?) as it reflects beliefs about gender norms.

1) Participants will define the phenomenons of bullying, witnessing and the distortions possible through inadequate gender and sexual education.
2) Participants will explain the implications of transgendered coming out.
3) Participants will identify the ways in which gender norms influence adolescent life.