Speaker Series

Each year, our speaker series includes nationally and internationally renowned psychoanalysts, some of whom are members of our own Society. Typically, the speaker presents an unpublished paper or other original material on a topic that is at the cutting edge of modern psychoanalytic theory and technique.

Dec 11, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm- Jack Drescher, MD - From Bisexuality to Intersexuality: Rethinking Gender Categories


December 11, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm


From Bisexuality to Intersexuality: Rethinking gender categories

Jack Drescher, Psychoanalyst 

William Alanson White Institute


The study of human sexual identities is changing, and these changes oblige analysts to think about sexualities in ways never envisioned by their psychoanalytic forbears. These changes also require that they be aware of some of the limitations imposed upon by their own theoretical traditions. Toward that end, this presentation begins with a definition of terms related to modern conceptions of sexuality and sexual identities. This is followed by a review of historical assumptions underlying the theory of bisexuality. The next section introduces the audience to the role of categories and hierarchies in general, and to the clinical meaning of sexual hierarchies in particular. This is followed by a discussion of the meanings and uses of the “natural.” The final section concludes with a commentary on intersexuality as an example of both the social and surgical construction of gender.


Dr. Jack Drescher is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. He is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, a clinician and scholar. His work in human sexuality, sexual conversion therapies, gender, and gender identity is nationally and internationally recognized. He has written over eighty peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and edited books dealing with LGBT health and mental health issues and his work has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Finnish and German. Dr. Drescher’s textbook, Psychoanalytic Therapy and The Gay Man, is a brilliant contribution to the field. As a frequent media spokesperson on LGBTQ issues, he served as an expert witness and consultant on important cases dealing with LGBTQ rights. In addition, his work have involved service on the American Psychological Association’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders, the World Health Organization’s Working Group on Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health and this work played a role in WHO’s forthcoming (2018) revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Dr. Drescher is in full time private practice in New York City.


Clinicians may claim 1.5 units of CME.

This program will happen virtually and is free for all, but everyone must register using the following link.  A Zoom link for the program will be provided following registration.


Continuing Education Units

The American Psychoanalytic Association will grant CME credits for the listed educational activities.  Our activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACME to offer continuing medical education to physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CEU credits will be provided for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial interests to disclose.

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