Lecture | Event
Sat, May 5, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The David Brower Center

2150 Alston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Orna Guralnik, Psy.D.
Karim G. Dajani, Psy.D.
Francisco J. Gonzalez, M.D.
Daniel Yu, LCSW
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$160 Full Members
$90 CMH Members
$90 Friend of NCSPP Members
$90 Associate Members
$40 Student Members
$40 Scholarship Rate (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Early Registration Deadline: 
April 28, 2018

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This event is available to attend via live stream. 6 CE credits are included in registration fee.

$260 General Public
$200 NCSPP Full Member
$175 NCSPP CMH Member
$110 NCSPP Associate Member
$50 NCSPP Student Member

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Live stream login instructions will be emailed once registration is complete.



Course Overview: 

Socio-political realities, such as the divisions by race, nationalism, or gender, are maintained by engaging us all in states of enchantment/trance.  What does psychoanalysis have to say about the way ideology inscribes us?  Following her long empirical and clinical work with people suffering with dissociation and depersonalization, Dr. Guralnik will propose that the intimate link between culture and the subject is not necessarily mediated by the Oedipal crisis or the internalization of the Law of the Father, but through spell states and dissociative mechanisms. This claim has broad clinical implications. 
Engaging in an honest investigation of how the political inheres in the personal has become urgent for psychoanalysis in the wake of the current administration, the tensions surrounding identity politics, and powerful movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter.  Guralnik will draw on daily experiences, film and pop culture, as well as clinical material to introduce the concept of interpellation and to discuss the mind’s desire to enter dissociative spell states.  The audience will be invited to participate throughout the day, including through small group discussions.
Karim Dajani, Psy.D. will join the discussion with a response, and both will apply their thinking to a dramatic case presentation by Daniel Yu, LCSW.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify aspects of dissociative syndromes that go beyond individual trauma theory to include socio-political factors in the etiology and maintenance of dissociation and integrate this information into their clinical interventions.
  • Explain how ideological issues shape intra- and intersubjective experience and apply this knowledge directly in the therapeutic relationship.
  • Identify and apply empirical and theoretical links between hypnotic spell-states and the socio-political workings of ideology not only regarding discrete dissociative syndromes, but also in everyday life.
Empirical Reference: 
  • Fonagy, P. (2015). The effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapies: an update. World Psychiatry, 14, 137–150.
  • Bayne, T. (2007). Hypnosis and the unity of consciousness. Hypnosis and Conscious States, ed. Graham Jamieson. Oxford: Oxford University Press (93-109)
  • Putnam, F. W., Guroff, J. J., Silberman, E. K., Barban, L., & Post, R. M. (1986). The clinical phenomenology of multiple personality disorder. A review of 100 recent cases. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 47, 285-293.
  • Steele, K. S., Dorahy, M. J., der Hart, Van, O., & Nijenhuis, E. R. S. (2009). Dissociation versus alterations in consciousness: Real but different concepts. In P. F. Dell & J. A. O'Neil (Eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: DSM-V and beyond (pp. 155-169). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • der Hart, Van, O., Nijenhuis, E., Steele, K., & Brown, D. (2004). Trauma-related dissociation: Conceptual clarity lost and found. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38, 906-914.
  • Davies, J. M. (1998). Multiple perspectives on multiplicity. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 8(2), 195-206.

Orna Guralnik, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She is faculty at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, and the Stephen Mitchell Center; visiting scholar at PINC; co-editor of the Psychoanalytic Dialogues Blog; and associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender & Sexuality. Dr. Guralnik co-founded the Center for the Study of Dissociation and Depersonalization at the Mount Sinai Medical School and publishes on the topics of dissociation, depersonalization, and culture.


Karim G. Dajani, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice with a specialization in treating bi-cultural individuals. His research and writing include publications on psychological resilience and on culture. More specifically, his work examines the role culture plays in determining an individual's role within a collective, and on the experience of cultural dislocation.


Francisco J. González, M.D., is a personal and supervising analyst and faculty at PINC. He has published articles on film, sexualities, and socio-cultural process, and sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He has a private practice in San Francisco and Oakland.

Case Presenter(s): 

Daniel Yu, LCSW, is on the faculty for the Coalition for Clinical Social Work at SFCP. A former board and faculty member for the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance, he has been adjunct faculty in the MSW Program at SFSU and currently supervises for Access Institute in San Francisco. He is in private practice in San Francisco.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is intended for all mental health professionals and academics interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis and cultural theory and practices. Instructional level will be intermediate to advanced.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Jeremy Mintz at jeremymintzpsy@gmail.com or 415-763-8532.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for the Annual Lecture and for the presentation of various Scientific Meetings. The Annual Lecture is given by an internationally known analyst, while the Scientific Meetings generally feature the work of local psychoanalysts and others who are developing new ways of thinking about psychoanalysis.

Jeremy Mintz, Psy.D., Chair
Danni Biondini, MA
Geetali Chitre
Danielle Dunchok, Psy.D.
Justine Leichtling, Psy.D.