Online Webinar - Theory and Practice with TGNB patients

When:  Jun 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (ET)

Presentation Description:

My clinical work with trans people in psychotherapy has led me to theorize that core gender is an aspect of consciousness. There are no cases in the medical literature of a person’s gender identity changing as the result of a brain injury or lesion. This directed me towards a theory of gender as qualia as opposed to an aspect of personality. The feeling of gender incongruence is not only based on visual incongruence but interoceptive sensations and one’s predictions regarding those sensations. The free energy principle will be used to explain why and how transgender people feel and experience their gender differently than cisgendered people through predictive coding.

This presentation will plumb these theories to develop a model of gender in consciousness, establishing how gender is an essential aspect of humanness which springs from the mind’s understanding of the body. We will discuss how we use these theories as a foundation on which we built our clinical work with TGNB patients. This will include my interventions of the gender algorithm and approaches to sexual wellbeing for TGNB people and their partners.

About the Presenter:

S.J. Langer is a writer and psychotherapist in New York City, where he maintains a private practice. He is on faculty at School of Visual Arts in both the MPS Art Therapy and Humanities & Sciences departments. His most recent academic article Trans Bodies and the Failure of Mirrors was the co-winner of the Symonds Prize from Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He is included in the edited volume Sex, Sexuality and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors out this September. His first book Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model for Understanding Gender is available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Continuing Education:

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