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Freud Then and Now

July 13 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm


The turn of the 20th century, when Freud was writing, was rife with sexual repression and resultant hysteria. Classical psychoanalysis was tailored to this population. But what if our recollection of that time is wrong? What if psychoanalytic understanding of repression isn’t all that different from ideas of repression today? Come join us for this ‘what if.’ We’ll rethink 20th Century history with English professor Carolyn Betensky of the University of Rhode Island and modern psychoanalyst William Sharp of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. With the presenters, we’ll explore ideas of repression in light of Victorian literature and discuss implications for psychoanalysis today.


Carolyn Betensky, Ph.D. is a Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island, where she teaches courses on Victorian literature and culture as well as contemporary literature and theory. She is the author of Feeling for the Poor:  Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel (University of Virginia Press, 2010) and co-translator from the French of Eugene Sue’s The Mysteries of Paris (Penguin Classics, 2015). She is a former Book Review Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.

William Sharp, Psya.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and on the faculty at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis where he runs the Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has presented nationally and internationally on Freud and his life as well as on the evolution of psychoanalytic theory and technique. 

Connection Information
The event will be held over Zoom videoconferencing software. Event registration is required to receive connection information to the event. Event registration will be open until Sunday July 11, 11:45 PM. Connection information will be emailed after registration is complete. If you do not receive your connection information, please contact fraleym@bgsp.edu.

Free or $20 for 1.5 CE Credit/Clock Hours

Continuing Education Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore ways in which today’s psychoanalysis is different from Freud’s day
  2. Use data to critically evaluate assumptions around the state of sexuality in Freud’s time. 
  3. Consider how modern day counseling and psychoanalysis would be different if there was not sexual repression commonly thought about in the Victorian age. 

BGSP is authorized to provide CEs for:  Psychologists (all levels), Social Workers, Counselors 

*Full refund available if you cancel one week prior to the event. If you have any questions, email info@bgsp.edu.

Offering CEs for:  Psychologists (all levels), Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BGSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5676. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Application for social work continuing education credits is being submitted. Please contact us at ContinuingEd@BGSP.edu for the status of social work CE accreditation.

For information on continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, or marriage and family counseling, call 617-277-3915.

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. 

Direct inquiries may be made regarding the accreditation status by NECHE to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact: New England Commission on Higher Education, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Ste 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514, 781-425-7785 or email: info@neche.org

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