Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Beyond Gated Communities of the Mind: Towards a Trans-Mural Psychoanalysis 

Presented by Francisco González, MD
Saturday, April 30, 2022
10:00 AM – 1:15 PM Central Time


Live via Zoom
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Active Members: $75
Friend Members: $90
Student Members: $45
Non-members: $105

Instructional Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Beginning with reflections on the often closed nature of traditional psychoanalytic thinking -- which can unconsciously establish a "gated community of the mind" -- this presentation will put forth the idea of a wider field of psychoanalytic practice extending continuously from the individual to the social, which includes the idea of the social unconscious. This way of conceptualizing psychoanalysis makes evident otherwise hidden ethical dilemmas, concerning issues of exclusion and framing. Dr. González draws on work from an innovative training option in community psychoanalysis to argue for a trans-mural psychoanalysis, one that traverses the walls of institutional psychoanalytic and takes up the problematics of community. 
  1. Define and describe what is meant by the social unconscious. 
  2. Explain the concepts of transitivity and trans-mural psychoanalysis as defined by the author.
  3. Use the idea of the social unconscious to identify and explain the inherent ethical dilemma posed by the therapeutic frame. 
Francisco J. González, MD, is Personal and Supervising Analyst, Community Psychoanalysis Supervising Analyst, Faculty, and Co-Director of the Community Psychoanalysis Track at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), and Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. His teaching and writing focuses on the articulation of the social within individual and collective psychic life, including in the domains of gender, sexuality, racialized difference, immigration, film, and groups, and has been the recipient of the Symonds Award, the Ralph E. Roughton Paper Award, and co-recipient of the JAPA Award for the Best Published Paper 2019. He serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality and on the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. He practices privately in San Francisco and Oakland and in the public domain at Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco.

González, FJ & Peltz, R. (in press). Community psychoanalysis: Collaborative practice as intervention. Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

González, FJ. (2020). Looking beyond: Towards a psychoanalytic future. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 68(6): 1101-1111.

González, FJ. (2020). First world problems and gated communities of the mind: An ethics of place in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89(4): 741-770.

González, FJ. (2020). Trump cards and Klein bottles: On the collective of the individual. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30:383–398.
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