News: Conference Aims To End Violence Against Women


Washington D.C -- The International Psychoanalytical Association along with two psychoanalytic societies affiliated with APsaA - the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis will host an interdisciplinary conference aimed at fighting violence against women. The “Courage to Fight Violence Against Women” will be held on March 4 and 5 at the American University Katzen Center for the Arts in Washington D.C.  

The conference will discuss how violence against women and girls can be seen, known and represented on the world stage and in psychoanalytic treatment. Multiple modalities of intervention will be discussed by leading scholars and psychoanalysts from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. There will also be special attention given to discussing depictions of violence against women in film, art, drama and poetry with the idea that Courage to witness and understand makes for the potential for change.  Conference attendees are eligible for eight CEU and CME credits, Cultural Competency.

“While there has been growing attention to issues such as sex trafficking, femicide, college campus violence, female genital mutilation, and childhood marriage around the world, much more needs to be done to address the scourge of violence against women and girls around the world,” said Paula Ellman, Conference Chair and Psychoanalyst/Psychologist. “This first-of-its-kind conference will bring together leading experts from around the world who have the courage to dive deeper into knowing the violence targeted at women, and offer complex understandings to why it occurs and how it can change.”

APsaA member, Vivian Pender will presenting her work on training healthcare providers in recognizing and treating victims of human trafficking. Read APsaA’s position statement on Human Trafficking.

The conference is sponsored by the International Psychoanalytical Association: Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis, The Contemporary Freudian Society, The American University Katzen Arts Center, The Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.