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Trans: How Much Do We Really Want to Know?  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Ethan Grumbach, Ph.D., Justin Shubert, Psy.D. & Alo Johnston, MFT (Pre-registration has ended please pay at the door)


This course explores the evolving psychoanalytic discourse on gender and sexuality
as “magnetic north has become unmoored” (Saketopoulou 2014), potentially
evoking great anxiety in the therapist/analyst. Participants watch selections from
the documentary TransGeneration and explore with Drs. Grumbach and Shubert
what evolves within them as they think about working with transgender patients
and analysands. The presenters introduce psychoanalytic ideas about how to work
with aspects of the personality that arise in the therapist and patient when
exploring facets of gender and sexuality. Participants are given time to share their
own thoughts, experiences and questions. Allowing room to be curious and
investigate the many levels of responses and reactions within oneself provides an
invitation to deepen the level with which one can work with individuals as they
explore their own gender and sexuality.

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
• Discuss the specific challenges psychoanalysts face addressing biases about
gender and sexuality
• Discuss new ideas to improve psychoanalytic discourse with respect to gender
and sexuality
• Identify key resources and organizations that assist individuals as they discover
their own sense of their gender
Ethan Grumbach, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New Center
for Psychoanalysis. He is the past chair of APsaA’s Committee on Gender and
Sexuality, of which he is still a member. He is a founding member and Co-Director
of the THRIVE Infant Family Program. He has a private practice in Los Angeles
where he sees adults, infants and families in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
Justin Shubert, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in
Silver Lake. He is a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the
Director of Silver Lake Psychotherapy, a psychodynamic private practice group in
East L.A.
Alo Johnston, MFT, is a transgender man and marriage and family therapist
intern at the Los Angeles Gender Center. Alo received his MA at Antioch
University Los Angeles with a specialization in LGBT affirmative psychotherapy
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM • 3 CE Credits
$55 Pre-registration, $65 at the door, $30 student rate