Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM CDT
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ISPP Chicago / Argosy University 
225 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

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Donna Mahoney 
CAPP-Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology 

The Call for Inclusion:

A Postmodern View of Intersecting Cultural Identifications: 
Transgender and Gender Queer Identity


A panel discussion that will explore issues related to intersectionality, particularly in relation to transgender and gender queer individuals. Four panel members, all of whom are working with transgender individuals, will address how psychoanalysis can integrate contextual issues, feminist theory, oppressive systems and elements of the minority stress model in broadening our understanding of these vital and timely issues.  Additionally, the panel will consider how broadening our view can lead to more effective treatment of these populations.  Both evidence-based and case-based material will be explored. (program eligible for 3 CE's)


At the conclusion of the panel discussion, participants will:

1.)   Describe and assess definitions of terms such as intersectionality, gender variant, transgender, and gender queer;

2.)   Critique traditional psychoanalytic models in relation to the tendency to pathologize issues associated with gender variance and neglect contextual factors;

3.)   Examine empirically-based research related to gender variance and being transgender;

4.)   Describe models that highlight issues of converging oppression, cis privilege, and minority stress;

5.)   Determine ways to effectively intervene and advocate for these populations, while integrating psychoanalytic approaches.


The Presenters:

Donna Mahoney, Ph.D., is a Full Professor and adjunct faculty member at Adler University and Argosy University/Schaumburg.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work and advanced training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.  Her private practice, located in Lake Zurich, IL, specializes in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders and phobias. Dr. Mahoney is a strong advocate for marginalized populations and LGBTQ individuals.

Dr. Deb Wilke received her MS in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University and her doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University.   She has taught Human Sexuality in higher education and international conferences for sixteen years. She has been in private practice for over eighteen years serving almost exclusively LGBTQ clients and has assisted 359 persons to gender transition.

Beto Chavez is a Latinx, gay-identified staff therapist at Live Oak with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. He began his career at Live Oak first as an intern then transitioned into his current staff therapist position where he works with individuals, couples, and groups. His background includes experience in the foster care system, Latinx communities, developmental disorders, and LGBTQ populations. Beto hopes to continue his journey working with, supporting, and advocating for communities and individuals in need.

Cuyana Davis-Carter is a black, queer, GNC therapist at Live Oak and graduated from Adler University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016. Cuyana began their clinical career working at the YWCA with survivors of domestic violence. Outside of the clinical realm, they have volunteered for organizations that service LGBTQI, gender non-binary, Black and/or POC folks. Cuyana hopes that their work will aid in the re-envisioning of mental health within marginalized communities


If you join CAPP the day of the event, your admission to the event is free!

CAPP members: free
Non-CAPP members: $15
ISPP faculty and students (non-CAPP member): $10.00
CEs: $10 for CAPP members, $15 for non-CAPP members (3 CEs)

What is CAPP?
CAPP is an organization composed primarily of mental health professionals – psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists -- devoted to keeping psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories and practice thriving in the Chicago metropolitan area. CAPP provides all professionals with an interest and motivation to expand their experiences with psychoanalytic/psychodynamic thinking and techniques a place to interact with other likeminded individuals. We hope you consider becoming a member and participating in our organization as a committee member, and/or attending any of the fine programs and events we sponsor each year.

For more info on this program, contact: Donna Mahoney, PhD; dmahoney@argosy.edu; (708) 203-0146.