Part of the Centene Charitable Foundation Speakers Series…

The Group, Identity, and Catastrophic Change:

Thinking the Social with Psychoanalysis

Presenter:  Francisco J. González, MD

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Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Ethical Society of St. Louis Auditorium, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117

Fee: $25 per person non-Credit Hours; $35 per person for Credit Hours  (non-refundable)

 This program, when attended in its entirety,  is offered for 2.0 Credit Hours

We live in a time of considerable social turbulence: uncertainty, tension, and anxiety rule the day. In this presentation, Dr. Francisco González provides a framework for thinking about these times using psychoanalytic concepts. Drawing from the work of both anthropologists and psychoanalytic theorists, he characterizes the pressures of living in the current moment of precipitate globalization, technological acceleration, and neoliberal expansion. In this shrinking and pressurized world, the group becomes an ever more potent entity, unleashing the forces of violent othering in order to stake precarious claims to belonging.

Just as we can no longer afford to think of the psychoanalytic enterprise as an individualistic one, neither can we afford to think and act politically without thinking about psyche. Dr. González demonstrates how the social is — and has always been — a vital category for psychoanalysis, and the ways that psychoanalysis opens an ethical path in the struggle for learning how to live together in a shrinking and diverse world.


Participants in will be able…

  1. To define the psychoanalytic concept of “catastrophic change” and apply it to their thinking about the current sociopolitical context.
  2. To develop an understanding of how individual identity is linked to belonging in a group and consider ways to apply this to clinical practice.

Francisco J. González, MD, is Faculty and Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco, and a founding member of Reflective Spaces Material Places, a group of clinicians working at the intersection of community mental health, social justice, and psychoanalytic thinking. His writing often focuses on the social link in psychoanalysis and covers a range of themes including formations of sexuality and gender, primitive mental states, film, perversion, and immigration. His recent work includes papers on the notion of place and the materiality of the transitional object, and a chapter titled “All Origins are Suspect” in the volume Becoming a Psychoanalyst: Fifteen Stories on Finding One’s Analytic Voice. He is a recipient of the Symmonds Prize and the Ralph Roughton Award. He serves on the editorial boards of Gender and Sexuality and Psychoanalytic Dialogues and practices in San Francisco and Oakland.


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