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Scientific Program 2022 -- Lynne Layton, PhD (Rescheduled to 10/8)
Saturday, October 08, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Scientific Programs

Due to the impact of Hurricane Ian on the Carolinas, this event has been rescheduled to October 8th

Social Psychoanalysis, Normative Unconscious Processes,
and an Ethic of Repair

Presenter: Lynne Layton, PhD

Description: This lecture takes up the question of what a social psychoanalysis might look like in the clinic, in our psychoanalytic institutions, and in our society. Drawing on some earlier psychoanalysts’ concepts that have connected the social world and the psychic world, this program will introduce the concept of normative unconscious processes, which addresses the ways that racism, heterosexism, classism, and other social inequalities are unconsciously replicated in the clinic. The talk then explores how therapists can resist unconsciously replicating such cultural inequalities and look outside the clinic at how cultural inequalities manifest in the wider circles of contemporary institutional and sociocultural life. Here, too, we will explore how we, as citizens and therapists, both unconsciously replicate and can resist replicating harmful, unequal relations. We will think together about how to address the places in our different subjective and communal worlds where harm has been done, and engage together on how to make repairs.

Where: Via Zoom
When: Saturday, October 1, 2022   Rescheduled to October 8, 2022 
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern
Cost: $45, Free admission and CE/CME credits for PCC members, LDC staff & board, full-time students with ID, and trainees in the departments of Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Mental Health Counseling.
CME Credits: 2 / CE Credits: 2 / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

About the Presenter: Lynne Layton, PhD is a graduate and supervising psychoanalyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and a Corresponding Member of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Psychiatry Department at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory, and co-editor of 3 books: Narcissism and the Text: Studies in Literature and the Psychology of Self; Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis; and Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting. From 2004-2017, she was co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society and she is currently an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She is a past-President of Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility and founder of Reflective Spaces/Material Places-Boston, a group of psychodynamic therapists committed to community mental health and social justice. She is the author (with Marianna Leavy-Sperounis) of the 2020 book Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes, winner of a 2021 book award from the American Academy and Board of Psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and give examples of clinical enactments of normative unconscious processes.
  2. Analyze the way that neoliberal institutions and ideologies shape subjective practices and create particular kinds of symptoms, with which therapists can either unconsciously collude—or, instead, analyze.
  3. Describe how intersections of gender, race, and class hierarchies are unconsciously enacted in their institutions and propose ideas for institutional transformation.

Related Readings:

  1. Layton, L. (2014). Some psychic effects of neoliberalism: Narcissism, disavowal, perversion. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 19(2), 164-178.
  2. Layton, L. (2019). Transgenerational hauntings: Toward a social psychoanalysis and an ethic of disillusionment. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29, 105-121.
  3. Layton, L. (2020). Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, character, and normative unconscious processes (M. Leavy-Sperounis, Ed.). Routledge.

CE & CME Information

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social workers will receive a letter of attendance documenting 2 hours of continuing education. This certificate may not be acceptable verification in all states.

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 Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. 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 a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021


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