We cordially invite you to the 17th Annual ISPSO New York Regional Meeting, in Partnership with the Vancouver/Toronto Regional ISPSO

Theme: “What are we talking about: Gender justice, leadership and feminist organizing!?"

When: October 26th and 27th 2018 (Note: This event has concluded.)
Where: The William Alanson White Institute, 20 W 74th St., New York City

Friday Evening, October 26th 7:00 PM informal dinner at Arte Café, 106 W 73rd St.
Saturday Meeting, October 27th 8:30 AM – 5:00PM at the William Alanson White Institute:

  • Social Dreaming 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Program 10:00 AM – 4:15 PM (Breakfast and lunch provided)
  • Closing wine and cheese reception 4:15 PM –



Persistent violence and harassment against women remains, despite much effort to address and make sense of it. At the same time, the increasing visibility of ‘trans’ and non-conforming-gender figures means that we cannot rely on taken-for granted meanings of ‘man’ or ‘woman.’ How can we make sense of gendered violence in the context of uncertainty about what ‘gender’ is? In the morning presentation, this year’s featured presenter, Barbara Williams, will discuss her consulting work with international feminist organizations that have been on the forefront of thinking about the meanings of gender, sexual identity, and women’s rights. Working from a Lacanian perspective, she will explore how these organizations simultaneously navigate meanings of gender while managing the traumatic anxiety and the toxic effects of addressing violence against women and other vulnerable engendered subjects. She will explain and invite conversation about how this navigation requires the organization to develop structures and operations to contend with anxiety. She will show that resistance to violence against women and to refusing to settle en/gendered meanings has implications for organizational mission and purpose, and our understandings about leadership and shared leadership. Her presentation will challenge us to consider what we might learn from feminist organizing as issues of gender, sexual identity, and women’s rights continue to assert themselves into our cultural, organizational, and political discussions. What can we learn that might help us to manage our own anxiety and how can we link our understandings of gender to leadership in new ways?

In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to explore their own work and experiences on these themes, linking to ideas stimulated from the morning. We will conclude with a plenary review of the themes from the day and our individual and collective learning, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Continuing Education Credits
are available for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts (NY), Social Workers (NY, CA, OH), Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists (CA, NY IL, OH), Creative Arts Therapists (NY), and ICF coaches. Note that attending the social dreaming matrix is required in order to earn the 6 CE credits. Partial credit is not possible.  CE Credits can be purchased here. The fee is $40.


The Friday dinner and Saturday meeting are open to non-ISPSO members.
Please encourage any interested member or non-member to join us.

Registration Pricing:
Saturday Conference 
(breakfast, lunch and reception included)

ISPSO Members
$95 if received by October 19th ($75 students)
$115 if received after October 19th ($95 students)

Non-ISPSO members
$125 if received by October 19th  ($95 students)
$145 if received after October 19th ($115 students)



NY Regional Meeting Committee:
Aaron Nurick, Chair, anurick@bentley.edu
Jeffrey Axelbank, jeff@jeffreyaxelbankpsyd.com
Debbie Bing, dbing@cfar.com
Elizabeth Hansen, elizabeth_hansen@hks.harvard.edu
Marc Maltz, mdmaltz@me.com



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