Understanding Sex and Gender: A Psychodynamic View and an Ethical Stance

Weekend Conference April 24-26.


This conference is being offered as a live, online videoconference in response to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.

The live on-line conference will include lectures, case presentations, and large and small group discussions.  Participants will be able to fully engage in discussion using the Zoom videoconference platform, available for free download. 

The daily schedule will include breaks for stretching and for lunch. 

IPI staff will be available to help you install and test your Zoom connection prior to the conference, and in case of difficulties during the conference.

Weekend Overview

Chris Kraft, PhD will join us for this weekend of ethics and diversity focused on gathering psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic understandings of sexual development, sexual orientations, gender identity and gender variations.

Using clinical case examples, we will consider the shifting tides of sexual identities and orientations, and the underlying psychoanalytic theories that inform the development of gender identity and subsequent sexual orientation. Taking into account the complex transference and countertransference responses to non-conforming gender behaviors, in both the patient and the therapist, we will navigate the complex space between conceptualizing sexuality and sexual disorders. We will attempt to outline the ethical parameters of a gender affirming psychotherapy practice.

The conference will include lectures, case presentations, large and small group discussions.

Program Date(s):

April 24, 2020 - April 26, 2020
24 Apr
Exploring Gender Conundrums in Childhood without memory or desire
Caroline Sehon, MD
24 Apr
Are you my Mother?
Andi Pilecki Eliza-Christie, LPC
25 Apr
Lone Wolf in a Cage
Paul Bosco
25 Apr
Treatment Options and Ethical Dilemmas
Chris Kraft
25 Apr
Assessing and Conceptualizing Sexual and Gender Orientations
Chris Kraft
26 Apr
Thoughts Without a Thinker
Ioanas Sapountzis


Full Conference Fee

$497 up to 21 days in advance; $517 thereafter

IPI Members: login with your member account to see discounted prices
(IPI full members: $359; associate members: $410).

Full time students: $150

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Continuing Education Credit Hours

Approximately 14 credit hours

Educational Objectives

  • Participants will discuss and describe a model of healthy sexual development taking sexual orientation and gender differences into account.
  • Participants will identify three factors influencing gender development and gender variances.
  • Participants will identify three core ethical principles for treatment when working with person with gender non-conformity and sexual differences.

Chris Kraft, Ph.D.

Dr. Chris Kraft is the Director of Clinical Services and a clinical/research psychologist at the Sex and Gender Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Kraft is also an instructor in human sexuality for psychiatry residents and medical students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also on faculty in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the Johns Hopkins University where he teaches every spring/fall semesters three undergraduate courses in human sexuality. Dr. Kraft specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all sexual and gender concerns: low sexual desire, erection, arousal and orgasm difficulties, genital pain conditions, sexual orientations, gender identities, sexual fetishes, sexual addiction/compulsion, internet pornography, infidelity, and marital sexual dissatisfaction.

Continuing Education Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.