March 25, 2023 (Saturday)

8:00am-12:00pm EST

(via live Zoom videoconference)

3.75 CE Credits


This event will begin with a dialogue about Dr. Gohar Homayounpour’s recent book, Persian Blues, Psychoanalysis and Mourning. In this book, she weaves the personal with the political through a psychoanalytic lens that ultimately renders new understandings of Iran. A discussion of the female experience in Iran will follow, with particular focus on the significance of “the” present subversive feminist movement of our time. Lastly, Dr. Isheh Beck will engage with Dr. Gohar Homayounpour through discussion of a case with themes pertinent to her work.

While this event speaks directly to those working in mental health, we recognize the universal relevance of the subject matter, and therefore wish to invite those outside our profession to attend. The ways in which Iranians are unifying across social categories inspires us to open our professional boundaries, in the spirit of broadening and unifying this conversation.

8:00am-8:10am: Welcome and introductions to PSPP, schedule, and speakers
8:10am-9:10am: Dr. Homayounpour will discuss her book with Sarah Scheckter, PhD
9:10am-10:10am: Dr. Homayounpour will discuss the current feminist movement with Raha Ghasemi, PsyD
10:10am-10:25am: Break
10:25am-11:25am: Dr. Homayounpour will discuss a case with Isheh Beck, PsyD
11:25am-12pm: Discussion and Q&A

Dr. Gohar Homayounpour is a psychoanalyst and Gradiva award-winning author. She is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Italian Psychoanalytical society, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is a Training and Supervising psychoanalyst of the Freudian Group of Tehran, of which she is also founder and immediate past president. She is also a member of the scientific board at the Freud museum in Vienna, and of the IPA group Geographies of Psychoanalysis. Homayounpour has published numerous psychoanalytic articles and essays. Her first book, Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran (2012, MIT) won the Gradiva award and has been translated into many languages including French, German, Italian, Turkish and Spanish. Her latest book is titled Persian Blues, Psychoanalysis and Mourning (2022, Routledge). Other recent publications and book chapters include “The Dislocated Subject” (2019) and “Islamic Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Islam” (2019).


We invite you to become familiar with Dr. Gohar Homayounpour’s work here:

Persian Blues, Psychoanalysis and Mourning

Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran


CE learning objectives for Gohar Homayounpour event

Participants will be able to:

1. List at two ways a major political crisis in wider society can affect the unfolding of the therapeutic process within the session.
2. Provide one framework or rationale for deconstructing the cliche orientalist gaze upon Iranian women generally, and their bodies specifically.
3. Discuss one example of the intersection of social movements, femininity, bodies, uprisings and group formations evident in the current feminist revolt in Iran.
4. Provide one example of how a therapist may be impacted by events and/or traumas in their socio/political environment, and how this can both affect and inform their clinical work.

Selected references for Gohar Homayounpour event

Bollas, C. (1995). Cracking up: The work of unconscious experience. Psychology Press.
Busch, F. (2021). A Fresh Look at Psychoanalytic Technique: Selected Papers on Psychoanalysis. Routledge.
Kirshner, L. A. (2012). Toward an ethics of psychoanalysis: A critical reading of Lacan’s ethics. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 60(6), 1223-1242.
Lear, J. (2008). Radical Hope, Ethics In The Face Of Cultural Devastation. Harvard University Press.
Morgan, D. (Ed.). (2019). The Unconscious In The Social And Political Mind. Phoenix.
Preta, L. (2018). Dislocated subject. Mimesis.


PSPP is the local Chapter of Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association. We are committed to providing psychoanalytically oriented professionals and clinicians-in-training opportunities to exchange scholarly and clinical information to enhance their knowledge and skills through continuing education events, networking, funding, mentorship, and consultation.

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