Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society

Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society, Inc.

Speaker Program Meeting: March 6, 2021


Naomi Snider LL.M.

Naomi Snider, LL.M., is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute’s program in psychoanalysis. In addition to her clinical work, Naomi’s writing and research focuses on the intersections of social injustice and psychological struggle.  Her published works include the 2018 book “Why Does Patriarchy Persist?” co-authored with Carol Gilligan, and “Why Didn't She Walk Away?" Silence, Complicity, and the Subtle Force of Toxic Femininity” (Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2018)


DATE:                      Saturday, March 6, 2021

TIME:                       8:15-9:15 am; 9:30 am-12:30 pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm

LOCATION:              Zoom

CHARGE:                 8:15am: $15 member/ $20 non-member; (1 CME/CEU upon request); 

9:30am:  $10 to all ($45 non-members and friend members if requesting CME/CEUs; 3 CME/CEUs free to Clinical Members upon request, 9 CME/CEUs per speaker year free to Corresponding Members upon request,)

1:30pm-4:30pm $35 to Members, $45 to non-members (3 CME/CEUs included), $25 student rate (No CME/CEUS)

The Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society is registered with: the Florida Board of Medicine, The Florida Board of Psychology, and the Florida Board of Social Work to give CME/CEUs.

(8:15am-9:15am)Q&A - Reflections on the social in psychoanalysis in a time of socio-political upheaval”

Summary:  Has your understanding of how the social shows up in psychoanalysis been impacted by the events of the past year? If so, how? An opportunity for presenter and participants to discuss their experiences. As we grapple with the anxiety and uncertainty of a global pandemic, mass protests and political unrest along with our patients, how has our work - and our relationship to our patients - shifted? As we invite our patients into our homes, old frames have collapsed, and boundaries have moved  - what is now let in that was otherwise kept out? And how do we respond to such changes? With anxiety? Hope? Nostalgia?

Objectives: Upon completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • 1.       Describe how boundaries with clients have shifted due to current events.
  • 2.       Describe how the new frame affects the treatment.

(9:30am-12:30pm) "’Why didn't she walk away?’ Toward a psychoanalytic understanding of why patriarchy persists”

Summary: Since Trump’s election in 2016 the word Patriarchy has burst into the public arena. From signs outside coffee shops calling on us to “Smash the Patriarchy,” to the Guardian newspaper’s column “the week in Patriarchy” – the word is definitely in vogue. Despite moves toward gender equality, patriarchy’s persistence has been catapulted into conscious awareness. The public conversation demands a psychoanalytic reckoning. Patriarchy as a social hierarchy and set of gender-based norms is psychologically harmful to both men and women, so why then does it continue to have such a grip on the social unconscious? Taking as her starting point the relational turn in psychoanalysis, the presenter will challenge Freud's account of patriarchal authority as a necessary evil, designed to quell our antisocial drives. By nature, we are relational beings, driven toward mutual understanding and connection rather than power and domination. And so, patriarchy's persistence rests, not on the containment of our destructive impulses, but on the stunting of our relational capacities. Bringing research on development into conversation with the psychoanalytic literature on loss the presenter will show how our initiation into patriarchy involves an encounter with irreparable loss. Patriarchy, by rupturing connection and shaming the capacity to repair, sets in motion a defensive psychology of disavowal and dissociation that in turn upholds and reinforces the patriarchal order.

Objectives: Upon completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

(1:30-4:30) “Knowing this then what? A house divided: can our psychoanalytic tools be used to dismantle the master’s house?”

In what ways does this psychosocial understanding of patriarchy demand a reckoning with our understanding of psychoanalysis – as both a theory of the mind and a clinical praxis? The idea that patriarchal norms are both psychologically defensive and constricting, as well as socially harmful, places psychoanalysis at the apex of the struggle for both psychological freedom and social justice. How can we as psychoanalysts help our patients gain greater awareness of, and to challenge and resist, these culturally scripted and psychologically defensive ways of thinking and behaving? As we help our patients grapple with encounters with loss and injustice – both suffered and inflicted - can we offer a way forward that takes us beyond the cycle of splitting and "doer-done to?" What too, can we add to the larger political conversation? In short, in what ways can psychoanalysis help repair the ruptures that patriarchy (and all forms of social hierarchy and division) inflict?

  • 1.       Describe how a psychosocial understanding of patriarchy impacts our understanding of psychoanalysis.
  • 2.       Describe how to help patients gain awareness of, resist and repair the harmful effects of the patriarchy.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society. 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 6 hours 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.

The Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society has been approved by the Florida Dept. of Health to provide Continuing Education Accreditation to Psychologists (Provider # PCE-46, Exp. 5/22) and Clinical Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors (Provider # BAP 423, Exp. 3/21). The Society certifies that these courses meet the requirements of the Board on an hour-per-hour basis for continuing education credits.


Deadline for Payment Online is the Wednesday before the meeting before 5:00pm.  Registered attendees will be sent a meeting link the Thursday before the program.  If you paid but did not receive a meeting link please contact Alan Alonso President TBPS: PresidentTBPS2020@gmail.com.

TBPS provides high quality continuing education seminars and study groups in psychoanalytic theory and clinical application. It offers a supportive, inclusive, collegial community for mental health professionals in the Tampa Bay area.
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