Deconstructing Perversion: Not so Queer Anymore -
Coming to Terms with Perversion in Psychoanalysis
Instructor: Laurie J. Pahel, MD
A concise definition of perversion eludes thoughtful psychoanalytic clinicians. Robert Stoller defines perversion as “the erotic form of hatred.” Psychoanalytic authors, however, do not agree on standard templates in which to distinguish perverse from normal sexual practices. A practice or object which one person desires may evoke anything from indifference to horror in another person.
How do our biases to what we regard as normal impact our clinical practices? Do our patients feel at ease discussing sensitive sexual issues with us? We tackle these tough questions and grapple with our prejudices in this course as we
read about and discuss psychoanalytic opinions on perversion.
Class will be limited to 10 students and is for clinicians at intermediate through advanced levels.
Prerequisite: This course is for clinicians who have taken at least two PECC courses or have equivalent training and/or experience using psychoanalytic principles in their clinical work.
Number of Sessions: 8
Time: Thursday, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dates: August 29 - October 24
There will be no class on September 5th.
The October 3rd class will be rescheduled for a site visit by the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Class will be limited to 10 students.
Chapel Hill Psychoanalytic Practice
12 CE clock hours
This class does not offer Category A CE credits for psychologists.
Training Program Credit:
Students who successfully complete this course can earn elective credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs. If there is a course assignment, students must complete the assignment to receive course credit.
$25 for non-matriculated students
Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.
Non-matriculated students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
The registration fee is non-refundable.
We're unable to accept credit card payments. Please send a check payable to PECC.
Registration Deadline: August 22
We may accept registrations after August 22, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs
$290 for psychiatry residents and graduate students
$315 for non-matriculated students
The registration fee is non-refundable.
The cancellation deadline is August 21.
Students who cancel after August 21 but before August 29 will be charged a $40 late cancellation fee.
Students who cancel or drop the class August 29 or later are expected to pay the full tuition.
(optional) $15 for non-matriculated students
The optional PEP-Web fee will give non-matriculated students access to the PECC library computer, and they can download syllabus readings that are on PEP-Web.
Students will have access to the library computer until the end of the semester.
The library computer is located at 501 Eastowne Drive.
Students will need to make an appointment to use the library computer. Full instructions will be sent to students after the fee is paid.
The required text is available in paperback and for e-book readers. If you click on the book title, you will be linked to the book's page at amazon.com. Other bookstores (e.g., Barnes & Noble) also carry new, used, and e-book versions of this text.
Stoller, Robert J. (1986) Perversion: The Erotic Form of Hatred
. Karnac Books, Ltd., London.
Click here for Course Syllabus.
About the Instructor:
Laurie J. Pahel, MD
has been in private practice serving adults for over twelve years. She is a graduate of and now an adjunct faculty member of UNC Psychiatry Department, supervising residents in their psychotherapy work. She is a graduate of the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, which is now the psychoanalysis training program of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC). She recently earned the privilege of becoming a Training and Supervising Analyst for psychoanalytic candidates in PECC. As a faculty member of PECC, she also supervises psychoanalytic psychotherapy trainees, and she teaches classes in the core curriculum. Dr. Pahel participates on PECC committees with the intention of helping to support student education and professional development in psychoanalytically informed careers.
Class participants will be able to:
Describe and define individual biases towards sexual practices.
Discuss current and past psychoanalytic definitions of perversion.
Prepare for hearing clinical material related to perversions and for responding in a therapeutic manner.
Utilize class readings, discussions, and presentations to increase tolerance of diverse sexual practices and to raise awareness of destructive (of self and others) sexual perversions.
For additional information please contact:
Lisa Long, Administrator
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 North Carolina 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 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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 North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
If you have special needs, please contact the Administrative Director.
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