IPA Webinars 2021

Rainbow Families 

Jack Drescher:"Gay Parenting in a Political, Religious and Scientific Context"
Patricia Gherovici: "Does the father need to be a man? Trans Embodiments and Parenthood"
Dirk Vlietstra: "Some clinical reflection on Rainbow Families"
Moderator: Mariano Ruperthuz Honorato

Psychoanalysis has had a particular social jurisdiction to speak of sexuality, childhood and family life. Sigmund Freud created a theory about human nature where Oedipal relationships are a fundamental aspect. For several years psychoanalysis has seen the need to review the use and consequences of its main categories. The "Rainbow Families" put heteronormative logic into question. Conservative sectors accuse these family configurations of abnormality and declare that the LGTB + population would be far from the parameters of raising children. In this webinar, three psychoanalysts, experts on the subject, will reflect on how the Freudian field can contribute to the social discussion of the issue, reviewing the use and consequences of their theories.

Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Dr Drescher is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Faculty Member at Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health. He is a Senior Psychoanalytic Consultant at Columbia’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. 

Dr Drescher is Section Editor of the Gender Dysphoria Chapter in the DSM-5 Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) process (anticipated 2021 publication). He served on APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. He served on the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health that revised sex and gender diagnoses in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He served on the Honorary Scientific Committee revising the 2nd edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2). 
Dr Drescher is the Author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He has edited and co-edited more than a score of books dealing with gender, sexuality and the health and mental health of LGBT communities. He has authored and co-authored numerous professional articles and book chapters as well. His publications have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Finnish and German. 

Patricia Gherovici, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and recipient of the Sigourney Award for her clinical and scholarly work with Latinx and gender-variant communities. She is co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group and Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennsylvania (PSYS), Honorary Member at IPTAR, and Founding Member of Das Unbehagen. Her single-authored books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003; Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize),  Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference  (Routledge: 2017).

She edited with Manya Steinkoler: Lacan On Madness: Madness Yes You Can't (Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016; 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.)  

Dirk Vlietstra, psychiatrist and child and adult psychoanalyst. He works as a child psychiatrist in outpatient clinics. Psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice for adults, children and adolescents. Training and supervising psychoanalysts for adults and children. Chair of IPSO (1993-1995).

Moderator: Mariano Ruperthuz is a Psychoanalyst (Sociedad Chilena Psicoanálisis-ICHPA) and historian. He has a Doctorate in Psychology (University of Chile) and a Doctorate in History (University of Santiago de Chile). He is an Academic and Researcher at the Andrés Bello University, Chile and visiting Researcher of the Program of Post-Graduação em História das Ciências e da Saúde da Casa de Oswaldo Cruz” (COC- Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro). He is author of the book Freud y los chilenos (Pólvora, 2016) and co-author with Mariano Ben Plotkin of Estimado Dr. Freud. Una historia cultural del psicoanálisis en América Latina (Edhasa, 2017). He is Principal Researcher of the FONDECYT Regular Project 1190226. He is a member of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association (APdeBA).