Southwest Psychoanalytic Society Presents Minding the Body

Dr. Alessandra Lemma

Southwest Psychoanalytic Society Presents:
Minding the Body: Body Modification, Technology and Sexuality, Transsexual Identity

January 14, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Tucson, AZ

Dr. Lemma will introduce key psychoanalytic concepts about the body and the experience of embodiment in three particular areas: body modification, the impact of technology on adolescent sexuality, and sexuality and gender. In her first talk she will examine the unconscious fantasies that drive people to compulsively modify their bodies through cosmetic surgery, piercings, and tattoos. In her second talk, she will explore the impact of technology on the development of sexuality during adolescence. At puberty, she suggests, the adolescent needs a mirror to take a‘second look’ at a body whose pre-pubescent integrity has been shattered and finds the most readily available mirror to be the ‘Black Mirror’: the shiny screen of a monitor, tablet, or phone. In her final talk, Dr. Lemma will offer a developmental framework to contextualize the struggle of some transsexuals. This developmental account will focus on a particular feature of the transsexual experience, namely that of ‘being seen’ or taken in (or not) visually and mentally by the other in a state of incongruity. The presentations will be illustrated with ample clinical material from Dr. Lemma’s practice and relevant research. Audience participation will be welcomed.

This program meets criteria for 4.75 hours of Category 1 credits for Psychologists. Participants must attend the entire event. Upon completion of the program and an evaluation form, an attendance certificate will be provided. This intermediate level program is open to all interested mental health professionals.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Fees (before Jan 7, 2017): SPS Members $160; Non-Members $175; Candidates and Residents $100; Students $55; Non-Member Students $60

Fees (After Jan 7, 2017): SPS Members $170; Non-Members $185; Candidates and Residents $110; Students $65; Non-Member Students $70

You may register at the door and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Questions, concerns, or to inquire about scholarships, call Dr. Helene Barab at 520-290-3606 or email

 For more information:  S.W.P. Events