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, January 28, 2023 | 11:00 am12:30 pm

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: The Maternal Death Drive

with Lisa Baraitser

This “conversation” will focus on Lisa Baraitser’s understanding of a ‘maternal death drive’. This supplements Freud’s death drive by accounting for the temporality of repetition that retains a relation to the future but remains distinct from a life drive. Maternity, and many other forms of care work that are traditionally assigned to women, fails to be indifferent to the specificity of its labor, and implies a willingness to return, again and again, to a scene that matters, a kind of repetition that is not quite captured by the death drive as excessive access to jouissance, nor to the death drive as a deviation towards a unique form of death. Rather, the maternal death drive has to do with repetition in the name of generativity, not of the self, but of the other. The return to a scene that matters is not a kind of flowing time (anyone who has spent time with small children will know this), nor the stultifying time of indifferent labor, but requires living in a suspended or crystalline time, which is the time it takes for love and hate to have a relation to one another based on guilt, and for mattering to take place. The temporal form of this ‘life in death’ is that of ‘dynamic chronicity’, analogous to late modern narratives that describe the present as ‘thin’ and the time of human futurity as running out. I argue that the urgency to act on the present in the name of the future is simultaneously ‘suspended’ by the repetitions of late capitalism, leading to a temporal hiatus that must be embraced rather than simply lamented. The maternal (death drive) alerts us to alternative ways of ‘going on’ in the suspended ‘grey time’ of an uncertain future.


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

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: The Future of Care

with Sally Weintrobe

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.


Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 11:00 am12:30 pm

COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: Incarcerated Mothers (date TBA)

“Incarcerated Mothers and Family Separation”

More details to come


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.