Masculinity And Its Discontents: A Clinical Perspective On the Male Psyche and Manhood’s Inherent Tensions

Masculinity And Its Discontents: A Clinical Perspective On the Male Psyche and Manhood’s Inherent Tensions

Michael J. Diamond, Ph.D., FIPA

This clinically-oriented workshop will offer a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective on male gender that rejects outdated aspects of binary reasoning to view male identity as an ongoing dynamic process that incorporates rather than rejects what tends to be regarded as “feminine.”  Drawing upon Michael Diamond’s recently published book by Routledge, Masculinity and Its Discontents: The Male Psyche and the Inherent Tensions of Maturing Manhoodthat describes the complex developmental struggle that men must undergo to build their identities throughout their life, this workshop presents ways of understanding male patients and their efforts to navigate their primordial vulnerability and the tenuous nature of masculinity.  Clinical material is used to help psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and other mental health practitioners further their clinical understanding and technical repertoire.  Participants will have an opportunity to question the presenter and clarify the ideas throughout the session.

[Note: Michael Diamond’s book, Masculinity and Its Discontents: The Male Psyche and the Inherent Tensions of Maturing Manhood, is available for purchase prior to the course with the 20% Discount Code FLA22 directly from the Routledge website at: https://www.routledge.com].

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe and discuss the nature of the male’s primordial vulnerability and common defensive manifestations of its avoidance.
  • Identify and contrast pre-phallic, phallic, and genital based features of the male psyche as well as behavioral manifestations.
  • Question classical psychoanalytic understandings of the “masculine” and “feminine” and indicate more contemporary analytic contributions to gender.
  • Demonstrate an ability to distinguish and utilize both so-called “paternal” and “maternal” functioning in clinical analysis.

Michael J. Diamond is a Training and Supervising Analyst, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.  He has authored over ninety articles and chapters as well as five books, including Ruptures in the American Psyche: Containing Destructive Populism in Perilous Times, My Father Before Me: How Fathers and Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives, and The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action.  He is in private practice in Los Angeles, while remaining active in teaching, supervising, and writing.

CLASS DATE AND TIME: Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10:30 AM – 1:45 PM PST, offered in person and on zoom

LOCATION: TBD

NUMBER OF CE/CEUs: 3 CE Credits

  • January 28, 2023
    10:30 am - 1:45 pm
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Early Bird Registration $200.00 (USD)