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Porosity and Preoccupation: Queer Thoughts on Psychoanalytic Care presented by Brian Ngo-Smith, LCSW, BCD-P, FABP (Lecture)

  • September 22, 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Lowry Conference Center
  • 3


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed for this event.

Description: This lecture is targeted to all mental health professionals and addresses resistance to the erotic dimensions of caregiving, which may lead to impasses or other foreclosures in the psychoanalytic situation. The presenter will consider reasons for this practice gap, using case examples to explore the erotics of care in order to point toward possibilities for deepened analytic work. In concert with these clinical reflections, attendees will be invited to discuss the field’s analogous resistance to a diverse understanding of psychoanalytic care and its expanded provision.

CME Objectives: 

  1. Demonstrate how listening for the pleasure of dependence, as it arises in both providers and in patients, can assist clinicians in attending to ambivalence and resistance to care.
  2. Describe how porosity and preoccupation are ethical positions that can enable clinicians to remain receptive to infantile sexual fantasies.

Biography: Brian Ngo-Smith is a psychoanalyst and clinical social worker in Denver, CO. He received his MSW from the University of Iowa and has worked in the mental health field for 20 years, first in residential and hospital settings and later in community mental health before moving into private practice in 2018. Brian completed post-grad training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis, where he is now on faculty, and he also teaches at the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy through the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Brian is the current President of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and a member of the Denver Psychoanalytic Society.


Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering.

  • CME credit for DPS Members: $30
  • CME credit for non DPS Members: $40
  • No CME credit: Free - $0

Location: Lowry Conference Center located at 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230. There is plenty of free, accessible parking around the Conference Center. The lecture will NOT be livestreamed nor recorded. 

Registration: Registration is required. The deadline to register is September 20, 2023. 

Confidentiality: During lectures, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this lecture. No recording of case material is allowed. 

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, sign the attendance sheet, attend the entire session, and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event to allow for completion of the evaluation. 

Cancellation & Certificate Replacement Policy:  There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 3 days of the event.  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.


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 Denver Psychoanalytic Society. 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 1.5 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. (Updated July 2021)

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