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Event Series Event Series: Frontiers in Psychoanalysis

“Oedipal Experiences in Same-Sex Families” with Yifat Eitan-Persico, PhD

September 21, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

In the video above, meet Dr. Eitan-Persico and hear how her work has been received.

In the video above, Dr. Eitan-Persico introduces us to dilemmas that arise with Oedipal theorizing in the context of changing family structures.

In recent decades, a growing body of evidence has underscored the positive development of children raised by same-sex parents. These compelling findings not only challenge the traditional Oedipal theory but also lay bare its inherent heteronormative biases, compelling a thorough reevaluation of its foundational premises.

Join Dr. Yifat Eitan-Persico as she shares enlightening theoretical and clinical insights from her groundbreaking new book. Enriched with vivid illustrations from her interactions with children and their same-sex parents, this seminar promises to unveil some of the most intriguing questions: On what grounds do children in same-sex families make their Oedipal object choices when the convenience of heteronormative splits based on parental sex differences is unavailable? Can we eliminate issues of sex and gender from the Oedipal model? What role is given to the egg or sperm donor in the child’s psychic life? How does the fact that only one of the parents is biologically related to the child affect his or her Oedipal make-up? Together, we’ll embark on a journey to uncover these issues and consider their clinical implications.

Yifat Eitan-Persico, PhD, is a practicing clinical psychologist and a candidate in the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. She earned her PhD in Gender Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She has translated and edited psychoanalytic writings including works by Winnicott, Britton, and Aron. She has presented and taught widely in Israel on Oedipal dynamics in same sex families as well as Kleinian, Bionian, and Winnicottian theory and technique. Her book, Oedipal Experiences in Same-Sex Families, was awarded the prestigious Bahat Prize for the best non-fiction book in Hebrew, 2021. All event registrants who register before June 30, 2024 will receive a 20% discount code to purchase the book from Routledge.


  • Registration fee: $190
  • SPSI Members: $175
  • SPSI Faculty: $165
  • Candidates/residents/graduate students: $150

Refund Policy: Refunds given until one week before the event.
Questions? Email featuredspeakers@spsi.org for assistance.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this event participants will be able to:

  1. Discern various Oedipal and non-Oedipal phenomena.
  2. Identify and address unique conflicts in same-sex family dynamics.
  3. Integrate Oedipal considerations in work with families created through gamete donation.
  4. Cultivate an affirmative approach to patients’ unique kinship systems.

Continuing Education Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and (name of nonaccredited provider). The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

5 hours Category II CME. This presentation meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-240 (Definition of Category of Creditable CPE). This program has been approved for 5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.


September 21, 2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Seattle, WA 98102 United States
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