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Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Studies, Culture and Psychotherapy

  • Saturday, April 07, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • NEW LOCATION: Clearview Treatment Programs 911 Coeur D’Alene Ave Venice, CA 90291


  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU

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Greater LA District

Presenter: Christina Emanuel, PsyD

Description: Although clinical writers commonly theorize race, class, and gender, they have not theorized disability, with the disabled comprising a group of most “othered” others. In this presentation I will discuss how my work with autistic individuals unexpectedly led me to the disability studies literature and the disability rights movement. I will discuss the main themes in this literature, suggest reasons for the absence of these ideas in our clinical theory and practice, and offer a case that illustrates these themes. I will suggest what might be gained by adding a disability studies sensibility to our theory and clinical practice. As a contemporary psychoanalyst I will present from a point of view that emphasizes phenomenological experience.

About the Presenter: Christina Emanuel is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst practicing in Pasadena, focusing her practice on individuals with autism and other disabilities. She is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, as well as an Associate Editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. Christina also lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to relational psychoanalysis, autism, and disability, and has published articles in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and The International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify the three main themes in the disability studies literature: ableism, the transition from a medical model to the social model of disability, and the idea that “normal” is a construction.
  2. Describe reasons that disability studies themes are missing from psychotherapeutic theory and clinical practice, including that ableism is hidden in our culture, that we rank disabilities below other categories of identity, and that we disavow our own status as temporarily able bodied.
  3. Apply insights from the disability studies literature to clinical work, appreciating how ableism both in the consulting room and in the culture affects those who have disabilities, including how we construct and are constructed by the disabled/non-disabled system of privilege.


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Location Information:


Clearview Treatment Programs
911 Coeur D’Alene Ave 
Venice, CA 90291

Note: There is ample street parking.

CEUs: 2.0 hours


Nadia Aquino | nadiaaquino89@gmail.com (Greater LA District Coordinator)

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