WHEN: September 4, 2019 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

1.5 CEs

LOCATION: Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin 78704

In this first of a two-meeting presentation, Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, Ph.D. will present a survey of psychoanalytic theory regarding sexuality.  Beginning with Freud’s early thinking about psychosexual development, she will trace our understanding through various theoretical perspectives to present considerations.  With regard to current psychoanalytic thought, she will consider the multiplicity of manifestations and identifications of sexuality and of gender from the perspectives of multi-determination and the synthetic process as well as the question invoked in the title of her talk – i.e., what is the place and role of sexuality in today’s psychoanalytic treatments. In her presentation in October, she will present clinical material illustrating the examination of multi-layered sexual material in an analytic treatment.


Freud, S. (1908), On the sexual theories of children. Standard Edition, 9: 207-226. London: Hogarth Press, 1959.

 Stein, R. (1995). Analysis of a Case of Transsexualism. Psychoanal. Dial., 5(2):257-289.

Gediman, H.K. (2005). Premodern, Modern, and Postmodern Perspectives on Sex and Gender Mixes. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 53(4):1059-1078.

Learning Objectives

1)To identify the impact of observations of child development on early and later psychoanalytic understandings of sexual fantasies.

2) To distinguish concepts of sexuality and sexual object choice from gender.

Bio: Gemma Marangoni Ainslie,Ph.D. is a psychologist-psychoanalyst, Board Certified in Psychoanalysis and a Fellow in the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. As well as being the founding president of ASPP, she has served on the Board of Division 39, as President of Sections I, III and IV, and on the editorial boards of publications of Division 39 and of the American Psychological Association; she is currently Book Editor for DIVISION/Review. Gemma has published and presented at national and international meetings on a wide range of topics, including psychoanalysis and the arts,  metaphor, gender in the psychoanalytic space, stalking, and female development.  Her research includes studies of the psychological experiences of the menarche and of pregnancy, as well as of psychological  processes in persons presenting for surgery at the University of Michigan’s Gender Identity Clinic.   Currently Adjunct Faculty at CFPS, Gemma has also taught at psychoanalytic institutes in Chicago and Minneapolis and for ASPP. Gemma’s private practice includes psychoanalysis and psychotherapy as well as case consultation and supervision and study groups.


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