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Foucault for Clinicians: On Power and Sex is a Course

Foucault for Clinicians: On Power and Sex

Started Aug 27, 2021

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Full course description

Friday, August 27th, 2021 | 1-4pm (ET)-- Fully Online Workshop

Eligible for 3 CEs for LMHCs and Psychologists.


In this workshop, we will read excerpts from some of the major works by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Works discussed will include Discipline and Punish and History of Sexuality, Volume I. For context, we will also read some selected interviews with him and posthumously published lectures by him. All readings will be in English. One aim of this workshop is to familiarize readers – whether clinicians or scholars – new to Foucault with an understanding of his striking critique of the categories of “reason” and “the subject” and his reconceptualization of power as “power relations.” In concert with this ambition, we will explore what Foucault has to offer psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and psychoanalytic thinkers despite and maybe even in light of his strong criticisms of “sexuality” as (in his words) “a ruse of power” and of sciences of the human (especially psychiatry and psychology) as ways of disciplining the body and producing individuals as such. Finally, reading with and against Foucault, we will consider possible points of contact between Foucault’s interest in what he calls the “care of the self” and the forms of care psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy can offer if we (the “we” of clinicians, but also the “we” of teachers) work from places of un-certainty, un-knowing, un-doing.

Timeline and Requirements:

This workshop will take place on Friday, August 27, 2021.  This workshop is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (ET). 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content." Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This workshop does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes August 26th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up until registration closes at 5pm on August 26th. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

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Ann Pellegrini

Ann Pellegrini, PhD

Ann Pellegrini is a Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is the founding co-editor of the “Sexual Cultures” book series at New York University Press and former co-editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Freud Museum in Vienna and the University of Vienna, in 2007, and is currently a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at IPTAR in New York City.