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Clinical Conference: Gurmeet Kanwal "Individuation - Becoming a Person Elsewhere

  • 10 Dec 2016
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • NH Lawn Club


(depends on selected options)

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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Gurmeet Kanwal


Becoming A Person Elsewhere

 Saturday December 10,  2016

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven
Lunch will follow

The Speaker

Originally from New Delhi, India, Dr Gurmeet S Kanwal is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a Supervising Psychoanalyst and Teaching Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute, and Past President of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Journal of Psychoanalytic Discourse. Dr Kanwal is co-editor, with Dr Salman Akhtar, of a forthcoming book titled Bereavement- Personal Experiences and Clinical Reflections, (Karnac.) Dr Kanwal is in full time Private Practice in NYC.


Separation-Individuation is a foundational concept in psychoanalytic theory. Culture, however, is often seen as ancillary and superfluous. What does it mean to grow up in a completely different culture? How do we take that into account in understanding people? Do we fit square pegs into round holes or change the shape of the hole? Along with gender, sexuality and race, ethnicity and culture are important forces that are knocking on the doors, and chipping away at the walls of an old psychoanalytic edifice. This presentation will propose one way that psychoanalytic theory may need to shift to become truly global.

Learning Objectives 

1. Explain the ways in which cultural factors determine processes of individuation from childhood to adulthood.
2. Demonstrate how different cultures perceive what is normal and abnormal about styles of individuation.
3. Apply the cultural differences in individuation to psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic assessment and treatment of individuals from different backgrounds.

Suggested readings: 

Pine, F. (1994) The era of separation-individuation.  Psychoanalytic Inquiry 14:4-24.

Kanwal, G.S. Indian culture and the experience of psychoanalytic treatment.

Kakar, S. As Psychoanalysis Travels,  Keynote talk at the annual meeting of the Association of Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Society, Rutgers, Oct. 2015. 

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:30 – 12:30 Presentation
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch  

Please note 

Lunch is now served to all attendees of CSPP conferences.  If you are interested in joining a small group for lunch with Dr Kanwal following the conference, please notify Ellen Nasper, PhD by Friday December 2, 2016.  Space is limited.


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is Intermediate.
Continuing Education
This conference has been approved for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)
Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD.

Conference Registration

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Mail in Registration Form 

Please print and complete this form and return by regular mail with check to: Nir Yehudai, 303 Mansfield Street, apt 1, New Haven, CT 06511
Please make checks payable to CSPP.

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