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Gender Transition Between Life and Death

Ended Oct 20, 2023

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Full course description

Sunday, October 8, 2023 | 4:45-5:45PM (ET) | Hybrid Lecture


This event is free to the public and part of the Psychology and the Other 2023 Conference. Please use the promotional code GHEROVICI23 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. As per the credentialing bodies, we can only grant CEs for synchronous attendance of events (online or in-person). Please pay and register for the lecture so that we may keep track of your attendance. Your CE registration status may not be changed after the event.


As Dr. Patricia Gherovici’s clinical experience has taught her, transitioning is more often than not a matter of life or death. The central concern with death is confirmed by many analysts who often provide a variation on this statement: "I had no choice. I would have died if I hadn't made the transition - I would have committed suicide.” What is at stake is less gender fluidity than being able to find a way of being, a way of existing.

Starting from the case of a teenager who claimed to be "oppressed by gender” after making a spectacular suicidal gesture, Dr. Gherovici explores a movement from a first death to a second death. Paradoxically, such a position allows us to consider death as a life force leading to a re-birth.

Clinical work opens a path towards figuring out how to live with the death drive, which, in the end, renders life possible. In this context, death emerges not as the opposite of life but rather as a condition for life. This presentation focuses on the suicidal tendencies of analysands with "gender disorders" who "find themselves" in a trans identity. Reference will be made to Freud's 1920 case of the young homosexual woman and to Dr. Gherovici’s work on trans identity as an "act".

For more information on the Psychology and the Other 2023 Conference, visit the conference's website (hyperlinked).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss an alternative model of understanding suicidal ideation
  2. Discuss an alternative model of understanding identity
  3. Discuss an alternative model of understanding gender

Timeline and Requirements:

The lecture will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2023. This lecture is presenter-led and is a hybrid experience. This will be conducted synchronously online and in person (location: Gasson Hall - 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, Room 100) from 4:45-5:45PM (ET). 

CE Sponsorship: 

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

The Danielsen Institute at Boston University is graciously sponsoring CEs for Psychologists. The Danielsen Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Danielsen Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1 CE unit from the Danielsen Institute at Boston University.

This program has been approved for 1.0 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D92054-19.

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 1 CE unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

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

Fees and Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and cannot be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes October 8 at the time of the lecture. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you need to request an accommodation or ask a question about accessibility, please contact

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D, is a psychoanalyst recipient of the Sigourney Award for her clinical and scholarly work with Latinx and gender variant communities. Her single-authored books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Gradiva Award and Boyer Prize; Other Press, 2003), Please Select Your Gender (Routledge, 2010), and Transgender Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2017). She edited with Manya Steinkoler Lacan On Madness: Madness Yes You Can’t (Routledge, 2015); Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and Psychoanalysis, Gender and Sexualities: From Feminism to Trans* (Routledge, 2023); and with Chris Christian Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (Gradiva Award and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize; Routledge, 2019.)