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Clinical Conference: Galit Atlas, PhD, "The Enigma of Desire"

  • 24 Sep 2016
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


(depends on selected options)

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The Enigma of Desire

Galit Atlas, PhD
September 24, 2016


Dr Galit Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP. She serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, served on the board of directors of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), APA, and is the author of articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Atlas is the author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2015).  She is a contributor to the New York Times, and writes essays elucidating psychoanalysis for the general public. Her next book co-authored with Lewis Aron is to be called Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice.


Based on her book, The Enigma of Desire, Galit Atlas will explore the relation between sexuality and attachment, both as separate and related phenomena. The two clinical cases presented will be used to address difficulties around the modulation of excitement, as well as patterns of distress and regulation that are observed in current infant research. We will focus on the developmental trajectory of sexuality, including classic themes of overstimulation, seduction and betrayal in the early relationship to the mother. Particular attention will be given to the details of clinical work with overtly sexual material and with the analyst’s own sexual subjectivity.


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

To Register and Pay

Register and pay online with your credit card or paypal.  To pay by check, print and fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Carrie Christensen, LCSW, 441 Orange St #5, New Haven, CT 06511 Click here for: registration form.

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Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Carrie Christensen, LCSW, is contacted no later than the Monday before the conference.


Atlas , G. (2016). The Enigma of Desire: Sex Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge. 


Beebe, B., & Lachmann, F. M. (2013). The origins of attachment: Infant research and adult treatment. New York, NY: Routledge.


Benjamin, J., & Atlas, G. (2015). The “too muchness” of excitement: Sexuality in light of excess, attachment and affect regal regulation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96, 39–63.


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

If you are interested in joining a small group for lunch with Dr. Atlas  following the conference, please notify Ellen Nasper, Ph.D.  at  by Friday September 16, 2016.  Space is limited.

Learning Objectives

1.  Participants will be able to describe the relation between attachment and sexuality

2.  Participants will be able to describe the implications of infant research on adult treatment

3.  Participants will be able to analyze patterns of distress and regulation presented in a case. 

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for 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, at Ellen Nasper.

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