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The Practice of Female Circumcision: Cultural Implications for Psychoanalytic Thought
Presenter: Nour Mahmoud Abdelghani, M.A.

Monday, May 8th, 2017, 7-9 PM
Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center, 3rd floor parlor
1050 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Program Description
Cultural influences behind the practice of female circumcision in various regions of the world will be discussed by the presenter. The presenter will provide historical context that gave rise to the practice and explore how and why the practice continues to the present day. Using psychoanalytic theory, the speaker will engage the audience in a discussion of the dynamics that contribute to propagating the practice both across and within genders. Finally, the presenter will discuss some of the psychological effects on women who have been circumcised including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, attachment and sexual disorders and implications for the treatment of these disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of the history and cultural implications that give rise to the practice of female circumcision in the communities that continue to promote it.
  2. Participants will gain an understanding of the psychological impact of female circumcision including symptoms of post-traumatic stress, attachment disorders, depression, anxiety and sexual disorders.
  3. Participants will engage in a discussion of the intersection between psychoanalytic theory on female circumcision and the cross-cultural lens. 

About the Presenter
Nour M. Abdelghani holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a doctoral student at the University of Indianapolis. Her research revolves around cultural considerations for child development and family dynamics. She has presented on the topic of female circumcision at various conferences including the Association for Women in Psychology (Pittsburgh, 2016), The Diversity Challenge (Boston, 2015) and The American Psychological Association (Toronto, 2015).

Schedule and Format
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The presentation will begin promptly at 7:30 PM with the introduction of the presenter. Light snacks and drinks will be provided, with networking beforehand from 7-7:30. The meeting will end at 9:00 PM.

Fees, Policies and Participants
Fees are included in membership dues for ISPT Members. Guests are welcome free of charge. The fee is $30 if non-members wish to pursue CE credit. It is the policy of ISPT to encourage multidisciplinary learning. This seminar is appropriate for the intermediate level of knowledge in the area of psychoanalysis. Enrollment is intended for psychologists and other mental health practitioners, graduate students and all who are interested in psychoanalysis.

Non-Member CE Credit


Continuing Education
This program is offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. The entire meeting must be attended in order for attendees to receive certificates. Upon completion of an evaluation form, a certificate will be provided. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to APA Ethical Guidelines. Participants are asked to be aware of need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.