Unthinkable Anxieties: Understanding and Working with Transphobic Countertransferences

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
March 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM to at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

In this lecture, Mr. Hansbury will address transphobic countertransferences – the unsettling, often negative, reactions that clinicians sometimes have when working with transgender patients. He will look at how these moments of anxiety in the psychoanalyst have been revealed through a century of literature on working with transgender patients, from Freud's applied analysis on the case of Schreber to today's relational trans-affirmative psychoanalysts. Through this work, Mr. Hansbury identifies and describes four basic "unthinkable anxieties" that appear to underlie transphobic countertransference reactions, concluding that a relational approach, with a focus on mentalization, can be a compassionate and transformative one for working with many trans patients.

Griffin Hansbury, MA, LCSW-R, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He speaks and writes frequently on transgender issues and has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. He co-authored the LGBT chapter, “Working Relationally with LGBT Clients in Clinical Practice: Client and Clinician in Context,” in the textbook, Relational Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations (Springer, 2014). He has trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is certified in Imago Therapy. In 2015, he received the Ralph Roughton Paper Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. 

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AUTHORIZED: 1.0 (MD, PhD, Social Work). This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 1.0 contact hour(s).   

The Austen Riggs Center is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/

No registration required. For more information contact Kathleen Young at 413.931.5230. 

In the event of a cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a notice will be posted here no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event.

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1.5 hours
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