Northeast Counties Association of Psychologists (NCAP) Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County


Winter Program – Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Gender in the Contemporary Clinical Situation
Presenter:  Sam Semper, Ph.D.


In this seminar participants will engage with contemporary clinical literature related to gender identity formation and gender expression in order to become familiar with current terms and debates in this area. Participants will gain practical tools to work with issues related to gender including clinical work with individuals who identify as gender non-conforming, gender-queer/ gender-fluid, and/or transgender.  The following questions frame the seminar:  How do we understand gender identification(s) and gender expression in developmental terms without falling into the trap of biological essentialism or reifying outdated notions of a strict gender binary? How do we work with issues related to gender in ways that take into account the power of unconscious fantasies, family dynamics, as well as the effect of socio-cultural meanings of gender including the effects of heteronormativity? In the case of those who identify as gender-queer or trans specifically, how do we work in ways that recognize gendered fantasy, the dynamic unconscious, and affirm trans or gender-queer experience? Case material will be presented.


Sam Semper, Ph.D., holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is a Supervisor and Instructor in the Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). Dr. Semper is an Advanced Candidate in IPTAR’s Adult Psychoanalytic Program. 

Learning Objectives:  This workshop is designed to help you:

List current terms related to gender identity and gender expression.

Describe specific issues related to working with gender non-conforming/ non-binary individuals including common transference-counter-transference issues.

Describe gender transitioning (social/ medical).

Location:  Cresskill Senior Center, 38 Spring St., Cresskill, NJ 07676

10:30 – 11:00 AM    Registration and Continental Breakfast

11:00 – 1:00 PM       Program

NCAP Members and Students – No Charge • Guests $30 

2 CE credits available for psychologists (add’l. charge):  NJPA members $10; sustaining members N/C. NJPA non-members $20. Payment for CE is to be made online only, after the program. After remitting payment you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the CE evaluation form (this new procedure will be explained further at the program).

RSVP to:  Joan Fiorello, Ph.D. – joangf@hotmail.com or 201-784-0312

Refund available only if cancellation received by January 14th.

This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and NCAP. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program qualifies for 2 C.E. credit hours for psychologists. This program is geared for all mental health professionals.  

Program sophistication:  intermediate. 

Intended audience:  psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and graduate students.

You can also download the flyer for the program here.

Ehrensaft, D. (2014). Listening and Learning from Gender-Nonconforming Children. Psychoanal. St. Child, 68:28-56.
Kloppenberg, B. (2016). The Psychoanalytic Mode of Thought and its Application to the Non-Normative Analysis of Sexuality and Gender. J. of the American Psychoanal. Assn., 64(1):133-159.
Saketopoulou, A. (2014). Mourning the Body as Bedrock: Developmental Considerations in Treating Transsexual Patients Analytically. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 62:773-806.

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