Before the Dyad, the Group: Thinking Beyond the Analytic Pair in Clinical Work

October 20, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This conference on Gender and Sexuality is co-sponsored by NCP and its  Committee on Diversity and Sociocultural Issues.  Each of our topic experts give their presentations and take questions from the participants. There is a break for lunch and the afternoon program is a conversation between the presenters and then it opens up to a dialogue with all participants, moderated by Ethan Grumbach, PhD.


Lunch Break: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Francisco J. González, MD, presents “Transference as iteration: on incarnation and the place of the group”
Psychoanalysis suffers from the “upward bias:” our work typically aims to transform the concreteness of the body into the abstraction of representation. This presentation takes up the opposing direction: an impetus for incarnation. Using the theory of groups as the “missing link” between individual psyches and the social order, we will examine iteration as a powerful concept that helps clarify the place of the social in individual psychic life and how psychic life lives and transforms the social.

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:
• Describe what “group object relationships” are and how they operate in individual subjectivity to help form a psychological link to the social order
• Explain the concept of transference as iteration and apply it to clinical work

Avgi Saketopoulou, PsyD, presents “How the world becomes bigger: implantation and intromission in the après-coup”
What does the social have to do with psychic trauma? What is the relationship of discourse and of discursive shifts to psychic representation? This talk spans a wide disciplinary–and chronological–range, from Homer’s Odyssey to the #MeToo movement, in order to offer in accessible terms a framework for understanding (via Laplanche and Aulagnier) what the social has to do with psychic inscription, trauma and the après-coup.

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:
• Describe how larger social and discursive shifts relate to the psychic inscription of trauma
• Explain the impact of discursive shifts on what is and what can become psychically representable.

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.

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.

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 Co-Director 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.


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 5 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.