A Feminine Boy: Fantasy, Normativity and Iterations of the Social

CE/CME Credit: October 18, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Co-sponsored by NCP Extension Program and the NCP Diversities and Sociocultural Issues Committee

Extensive clinical material from the treatment of a transfeminine boy and his family illustrates how a child's atypical gender is uniquely suited to becoming a magnet for unconscious familial conflict and deeply held parental ambivalences. Under the auspices of such complex dynamics, investments in a child's normative gender adaptation carry reparative fantasy that belongs to the parents but which is, nevertheless, tasked to the child. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how parental investments in a child's gender normativity may be carriers of reparative fantasies that pertain to the parent's own unconscious conflicts
  • Explain how Laplanche's contributions to our understanding of gender can enrich clinical work with atypically gendered children and their families.

 Target Audience: This conference will be informative for clinicians at every level of development and will be of particular interest to child therapists, candidates and some academics.  

Avgi Saketopoulou, PsyD, is trained in and teaches at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is also faculty at the William Allanson White Institute, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Stephen Mitchell Relational Center, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality (SGS) and has received several awards, the Ruth Stein prize, APsaA’s Roughton award, the SGS Symonds essay prize and the annual JAPA essay prize. She is interested in and writes about psychic representation and its relation to the social, normative and variant gender, psychosexuality, perversion, and the enigmatics of consent.

Discussant: Francisco J. 
González, MD, is Personal and Supervising Analyst and on faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, where he is also co-chair of the Community Psychoanalysis Committee, a project which won the 2017 Division 39/APF grant for innovation in psychoanalytic education. He is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. His writing has been a recipient of the Symmonds prize and Ralph Roughton award, and focuses on the articulation of the social within psychic life in its various iterations, including the domains of gender, sexuality, immigration, film, and groups.

Facilitator: Ethan Grumbach, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. He is the past chair and current member of APsaA’s Committee on Gender and Sexuality. He is a founding member and CoDirector of the THRIVE Infant Family Program and also a member of NCP’s Diversities and Sociocultural Issues Committee. He has a private practice in Los Angeles, where he sees adults, infants and families in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018        8:00-10:00 PM     2 CE/CME CREDITS

$20 with CE credit

Free attendance without CE Credit



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

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum of 2 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.