Scientific Conferences

Multiple topics, perspectives, and organizations.


We host conferences each year for WBCP members and interested clinicians, with CME/CE credits available. We also collaborate with other organizations to co-sponsor events.

Events are scheduled throughout the year, focusing on: Cultural Competency, hosted by COWAP to increase a clinician’s competency within various cultural topics; A variety of issues within the LGBTQ communities are presented at the LGBTQ Conference; Ethics Conferences discuss various issues around ethics from a psychoanalytic viewpoint; Restricted to members of WBCP, Colloquium presents original papers by members of the WBCP community; The Raphling Conference presents various topics within psychoanalytic technique; Community Psychoanalysis Colloquium considers topics related to community psychoanalysis.


For more information about the Scientific Conferences please contact Nancy Ingraham, PsyD, Chair at



Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 11:00 am12:30 pm

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: The Future of Care

Presented by: Sally Weintrobe in conversation with Wendy Hollway

Moderated by Lynne Zeavin

Sally Weintrobe (UK) will discuss various elements of the environmental crisis, and the question of the future; Our survival depends upon care being sufficiently strong to hold uncare in check. Care requires a culture of care. Neoliberalism’s culture of uncare has waged war on care, stripping us of our sense of community.  It has promoted false binaries that dehumanise.. We cannot  imagine let alone build a world that supports life unless we can deconstruct the insidious categories that continue to fracture our psychic landscapes. One example concerns gender and maternal forms of care that go unrewarded.. ‘Care economics’ is emerging to radically challenge this framing.


Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 11:00 am12:30 pm

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: Parenting a Child with a Facial Difference

with Sandy Hershberg

Mothering her child with Moebius Syndrome, congenital facial paralysis, in which the face appears visibly different from birth, sets the stage for Sandy Hershberg’s experience of mothering in which her sense of herself and sense of unfamiliarity within herself is intensified by the “the uncanny gaze” of others on her child, thus heightening her own ambivalence. Referencing the impact of various gazes — loving empathic, uncanny, paternal, grandmotherly, medical and analytic– along with her daughter’s writings, the discussion will offer a window into the maternal experiences of abjection and pleasure and the child’s experiences of alienation, reparation and rebellion. The impact of these experiences on the analyst’s sensibility and view of difference will be explored.


Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 1:00 pm2:30 pm

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: The Captive Maternal and Carceral Capitalism

The Captive Maternal and Carceral Capitalism

Joy James in conversation with Jackie Wang

Moderated by Hannah Zeavin

Date: April 22, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

We live in a moment where the rights of incarcerated parents are once more increasingly contested. This insidious logic—that to produce stability, children must be torn from their parents, especially their mothers—is not new. As many scholars have shown, actuarial management of the family and of the mother and child bond was central to the practices of the plantation, including the near ubiquitous practice of family separation in the Antebellum context, as well as carceral practices in the Jim Crow Era and beyond. Joy James terms these women “Captive Maternals”—drawing a genealogy across the last 300 years to argue that the United States’ “longest war is with its domestic target: enslaved or captive black women, a war that dates back to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 1658 attempts to (re)enslave Elizabeth Key, one of the first Captive Maternals to have her battles enter public record.” Addressing our contemporary, and the drive for the prison-for-profit model, or what Jackie Wang calls “carceral capitalism” this panel offers a conversation about the mother incarcerated. 



Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 11:00 am12:30 pm

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: Maternal Eroticism in the Analytic Setting

with Andrea Celenza

The analyst’s vitalizing activity, as reflected in the analyst’s invitation to be, in the offer to take in the analyst as an object of love, to receive what the analyst transmits, and the taking in of other components implicit through nonverbal means (through gaze and displaced touch) are all components of a healthy analytic process. These are all aspects of healthy maternal eroticism as well. In this presentation, the various components of maternal eroticism will be illustrated through my work with Petra. By attending to and responding within the multiverse of maternal eroticism (derived in particular from the work of Julia Kristeva), a process of transformation occurred where signifiers of the abject, previously residing in foreclosed spaces of the analysand’s mind, were accessed in the usable space of the analytic setting.


Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 11:00 am12:30 pm

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: The Maternal Has No Gender

with Ann Pellegrini and Tiffany Lethbo King

In much of psychoanalytic theory, the maternal is intimately tied up in, and is understood to be, the grounds of sexual difference, if not gender. But following from approaches in feminist, queer, trans, and Black Study, the maternal can be understood to have no gender. In this presentation, the panelists will address the notion of the maternal as ungendered, agendered, and multigendered.