Co-Sponsored by Austin Psychoanalytic and Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Speaker: Galit Atlas, PhD

5.0 CE / CME Available



Member $180

Non-Member $220

Early Career Professional (within 5 years of graduation), Full Time Students and Retired $90


9:00 – 12:15 Morning Session

12:15-1:45 Lunch on your own

1:45-4:00 Afternoon Session

Location: The Doubletree Hotel – University Location – 1617 N. IH 35, Austin, TX 78702

Abstract: Galit Atlas will explore the relation between sexuality and attachment, both as separate and related phenomenon. The  clinical cases presented will be used to address difficulties around the modulation of excitement, as well as patterns of distress and regulation that are observed in current infant research. We will focus on the developmental trajectory of sexuality, including the classic themes of overstimulation, seduction, and betrayal in the early relationship to the mother. Particular attention will be given to the details of clinical work with overtly sexual material and with the analyst’s own sexual subjectivity.

Bio: Dr. Galit Atlas is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP. She is the author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2015), and of Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice (co-authored with Lewis Aron. Routledge, 2017). Atlas serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives and is the author of articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality.Her NYT article “A tale of Two Twins” was the winner of a 2016 Gradiva award. Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City.

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will be able to describe a potential impact of early attachment on adult sexuality.

2) Participants will be able to identify a moment in the case presented representative of a Relational orientation.

3) Participants will be able to analyze patterns of distress and regulation presented in a case.


Atlas, G. (2016). The enigma of desire: Sex, longing, and belonging in psychoanalysis. New York, NY: Routledge.

Benjamin, J., Atlas, G. (2015). The ‘Too Muchness’ of Excitement: Sexuality in Light of Excess, Attachment and Affect Regulation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96:39-63.

Benjamin, J. (2004). Revisiting the riddle of sex. In I. Matthis (Ed.), Dialogues on sexuality, gender, andpsychoanalysis (pp. 145-172). London, UK: Karnac.

Continuing Education: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CME: These activities have 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 Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates these live activities for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose. Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for
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