Part of the Centene Charitable Foundation Speakers Series…

Us & Them:

How a Psychoanalytic Viewpoint Can Help Us Live with Today’s Turbulent Times

Presenter:  Francisco J. González, MD





Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018     Time:  7:00 p.m.

NOTE NEW LOCATION: At the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124.  Seating is limited; please register online – no walk ins

Fee: $25 per person non-Credit Hours; $35 per person for 2.0 Credit Hours  (non-refundable)

We live in a time of considerable social turbulence: uncertainty, tension, and anxiety rule the day. Drawing from thinkers in anthropology and psychoanalysis, Dr. Francisco González provides a framework for thinking about the current moment: globalization and social media shrink our planet, technology outpaces our ability to keep up.  We are constantly confronted with those who are different from us, sometimes so different we cannot even make real sense of who they are and why they are behaving as they do.
But who are “we” and who are “they”?
In our shrinking and pressurized world, belonging is a matter of great importance, but because every “us” needs a “them,” belonging has a dark side, sometimes unleashing violent forces.
It is no longer enough to think just about power and policy, our politics must also take up emotions.  Psychoanalytic thinking can help us here. In addition to its focus on the unconscious and the importance of relationships, contemporary psychoanalysis is increasingly recognizing the social part of our nature.  We have slowly learned that minds are never just individual: it always takes other minds to make any mind.  These new frontiers in psychoanalysis help us imagine how we can better learn to live together in a shrinking and diverse world.
Please join us for this thought-provoking evening.


Participants in will be able to…

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

Gonzalez, Francisco 2017Francisco 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.


Click HERE for Continuing Education Credit details.