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Lynne Layton
Lewis and Clark College - Miller 105
615 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219
United States

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Saturday, March 02, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Category: Special Programs

2018 Roz Babner Diversity Lecture

Enacting Identity: Normative Unconscious Processes in Clinic and Culture
with Lynne Layton, PhD

Beginning with Fromm's assertion of a "social unconscious" and vignettes from the 50s and 60s that illustrate how clinical interpretations can contribute to reproducing a sexist status quo, the presentation demonstrates how unconscious psychosocial processes permeate identity formation and clinical work. Examples of racist, sexist, and classist enactments in the clinic demonstrate the workings of normative unconscious processes that sustain cultural and power inequalities. Such enactments are not considered "mistakes," but rather demonstrate the way identities of both patients and therapists are formed by cultural demands to split off and project ways of being human deemed not "proper" to occupying their given social position. The talk concludes with thoughts about contemporary social forces that contribute to white middle-class subject formation and white middle-class symptoms, focusing again on unconscious collusions that stem from both culture and clinic.

Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

1. Participants will be able to recognize various ways that ordinary psychological states and character are produced by culturally-mandated splitting and projective processes
2. Participants will be able to recognize normative processes and their operation in the clinic.
3. Participants will be able to recognize the way that neoliberal institutions and ideologies shape subjective practices and create particular kinds of symptoms shared by patient and therapist alike.

Lynne Layton, Ph.D. is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School.  Holding a Ph.D. in psychology as well as comparative literature, she has taught courses on gender, popular culture and on culture and psychoanalysis for Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies and Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. Currently, she teaches and supervises at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory (Analytic Press, 2004), co-editor, with Susan Fairfield and Carolyn Stack, of Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2002), and co-editor, with Nancy Caro Hollander and Susan Gutwill of Psychoanalysis, Class, and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting (Routledge, 2006). She is Past-President of Section IX, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility) and co-founder of Reflective Spaces/Material Places-Boston.

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 9am—1pm
CME: 4
Location: Lewis & Clark College, Miller 105
$150 (non-members) ● $135 (members) ● $75 (residents/interns)
Fulltime Undergraduate/Graduate Students  (free with valid student ID day of event) 



Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. 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  4.0  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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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