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First World Problems and Gated Communities of the Mind

  • 04/10/2021
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


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PRESENTER:   Francisco J. Gonzalez, MD

Saturday, April 10, 2021

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST

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Using the social meme of “first world problems” as an opening, this presentation aims to articulate a continuous field of psychoanalysis that extends from the individual to the social.

By encouraging us to expand our thinking of the psychoanalytic field as far more encompassing than merely the prototypical dyad of patient and analyst in the consulting room, psychoanalytic processes can begin to unfold in all sorts of configurations and in all sorts of places.  Part of this task requires that we be attentive to the material conditions that underlie different forms of practice and to address the social, cultural, and class implications that lie beneath them.

This talk addresses the problems inherent in the closed-door mentality of institutional psychoanalysis, arguing for a different future for psychoanalysis in the 21st century.  Thinking of psychoanalysis as an extended field, we open the door to conceiving of ways of practicing that are typically neglected in our theorizing, clinical work, and community outreach.  But this broader way of conceptualizing psychoanalytic practice brings with it certain ethical considerations, since when we open one door, we invariably close the door on something or, more importantly, on someone else.  What kinds of interventions can be most effectively used to address ideology, social positioning, and the social unconscious?  Dr. Gonzalez addresses the ways of opening psychoanalysis to these more societally based ideas with specific clinical examples from his practice, and he also invites the participants to speak about their own community-based psychoanalytic efforts.


Francisco J. González, MD, is Personal & Supervising Analyst, Community Psychoanalysis Supervising Analyst, Faculty, and Co-Chair of the Community Psychoanalysis Track at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC). He has worked in community mental health since 1997, as psychiatrist and consultant at Instituto Familiar de la Raza, which serves low-income, Spanish-speaking Latinos in San Francisco. He serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and JAPA. His writing — which has been a recipient of the Symmonds Prize, Ralph Roughton Award, and co-recipient of the JAPA Award for Best Paper (2019) — focuses on the articulation of the social within individual and collective psychic life, including in the domains of gender, sexuality, racialized difference, immigration, film, and groups.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Describe two registers or domains of the unconscious and give examples of how they present in clinical work.

2. Critique the conventional notion of the psychoanalytic frame and contrast it to the idea of demarcation of the social field. 

3. Describe a form of intervention, other than interpretation, that can be used to investigate ideology, social positioning, and the social unconscious. 

Learning assessments will be emailed to participants for CE credits 


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 This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 CE credits. 

SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587, expires March 31, 2023). Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  SEFAPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to SEFAPP Administrator at (954) 597-0820.


*In order to receive CE credits for this conference, participants must attend the event in full.  Due to potential unforeseen technical issues that may arise, registration will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the event and we encourage you to connect in advance to avoid tardiness.  Please verify that your name appears in your Zoom window as you would like it to appear on your certificate of attendance.  To receive CE credits, you must arrive no later than 10 minutes of the start time and must stay until the end of the event when a moderator will take a final tally of complete attendance.  Please note that it is not possible to award partial credit to any APA sanctioned CE event.


*Ensuring the confidentiality of all clinical material presented at our meetings is of the utmost importance to SEFAPP.  Attendance is contingent on an agreement to adhere to the following guidelines: Clinical material must not be discussed outside of the session in which it is presented and furthermore must not be recorded, conveyed, or disseminated in written or electronic form.  Participants must agree to maintain a secure environment to be utilized solely by the registered participant and protected from intrusion by, or exposure to, unauthorized persons.  Presenters of case material must have either obtained informed consent from the patient (or guardian) or taken other carefully considered measures to safeguard confidentiality.  If at any time a participant suspects he or she may recognize the identity of a patient in a case presentation, the participant must leave the session immediately.  Failure to observe these guidelines constitutes a breach of APA’s ethical principles and may be cause for disciplinary and/or legal action.  


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