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Speaker Program Meeting: February 8, 2020


Sheila L. Cavanagh PhD


Sheila L. Cavanagh is a professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Cavanagh edited a special double issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly on psychoanalysis (2017) and is completing her third book monograph titled Transgender and the Other Sexual Difference: Jacques Lacan and Bracha L. Ettinger. Dr. Cavanagh co-edited Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (2013). Her scholarship on gender, sexuality and psychoanalysis has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, MAMSIE: Studies in the Maternal, European Journal of Psychoanalysis and Studies in Gender and Sexuality.



DATE:                     Saturday, February 6, 2021

TIME:                      8:15-9:15 am; 9:30 am-12:30 pm

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,) The Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society is registered with: the Florida Board of Medicine, The Florida Board of Psychology, and the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to give CEU/CMEs.

(8:15am-9:15am) Transpsychoanalytics: Gender, Sexuality and Transgender Studies in the Clinic”

Summary:  Transpsychoanalytics (Cavanagh 2017) is a critical area of research Dr. Cavanagh named to explore the intersections between transgender studies and psychoanalysis. Transgender Studies has grown exponentially in the North American context and prompts psychoanalysts to question fundamental questions about gender, sexual difference, the Oedipal Complex and the reduction of transgender (trans-) to psychosis, pathology and/or deviance. The transpsychoanalytic focus Dr. Cavanagh develops is inspired by the paradigm shifting work of psychoanalysts, scholars and trans- communities who ethically engage questions relating to the psychic life of gender and sexuality. These works enable us to question structures of normalization and resistance that curtail analytic work with gender variant clients. In this presentation, Dr. Cavanagh will discuss clinical findings, theories and approaches to working psychoanalytically with gender variant analysands.

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

  • 1.       Describe the intersections between transgender studies and psychoanalysis.
  • 2.       Describe normalizations and resistance that curtail psychoanalytic work with gender variant analysands.


(9:30am-12:30pm) Tiresias, Oedipus and Antigone: the Oedipal trilogy revisited

Summary: Sigmund Freud developed his theorization of psychosexuality in relation to Oedipus, the protagonist in the Sophocles trilogy. Psychoanalytic theorizing has been anchored to the particular struggles of this ancient Greek character who kills his father (Creon) and marries his mother (Jocasta). Significantly less psychoanalytic attention has been devoted to Tiresias (a gender variant character who thoughtfully advises Oedipus), and to Antigone (who attempts to bury her brother Polyneices in defiance of the King and supports Oedipus in his journey to the next world). Although we have learned much from Freudian writings on the Oedipal Complex, Dr. Cavanagh suggests that there are other, equally important, psychic struggles relevant to female and transgender characters. Antigone and Tiresias are cases in point. Both characters have been marginal to psychoanalytic theorizing. In this presentation, Dr. Cavanagh considers what psychoanalysis would look like if were theorized from a feminist (Antigonian) and transgender (Tiresian).

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

  • 1.       Describe the psychic struggles relevant to female and transgender characters in the Sophocles trilogy.
  • 2.       Describe how psychoanalysis would be different if it had been theorized from a feminist and transgender perspective.


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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