Six Dialogues on Freud and the Sexual
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical and clinical relevance of Freud’s notion of infantile sexuality, which remains revolutionary and radical even after more than a hundred years. We start with the second of Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, where he discusses sexuality in infancy and childhood. We will read a new English translation of Freud’s 1905 original German text of a “non-Oedipal” and potentially non-heteronormative psychoanalysis, along with Strachey’s translation that incorporates Freud’s later editions and rewritings. We will then discuss the manifestations of the sexual in the clinical situation, including the destinies/fates of the sexual drive, erogenous zones, the object, and the transference, with a consideration of sexual stages and afterwardsness (après-coup). We will focus on speciﬁc basic concepts and their usefulness in our everyday clinical work, with ample room for discussion.
- Participants will be able to explain Freud’s concept of infantile sexuality.
- Participants will be able to describe central themes for each of the psychosexual stages in Freud’s work.
- Participants will identify and discuss an example of oral conflicts in the clinical situation.
- Participants will assess the importance of issues related to the anal stage in clinical work.
- Participants will discuss at least three of the historical and contemporary influences which have contributed to the changes in our current understanding of psychosexuality.
- Participants will prepare a discussion of the most relevant aspects of Freud’s theory of psychosexual stages and how it can be incorporated in contemporary clinical work.
Israel Katz, M.D., is a member and faculty at SFCP. He has taught on Freud and psychoanalysis in France, Spain, and Latin America and, more locally, at SFCP, NCSPP, and Access Institute. Dr. Katz has a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychiatry in San Francisco.
This intermediate class is for clinicians with some basic understanding of and appreciation for psychoanalytic theory. It will focus on theoretical models as well as clinical implications.
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.