ENCOUNTERING RACE AND CULTURE IN PSYCHOANALYTIC TREATMENT
This seminar will provide a close clinical examination of race and culture in contemporary psychoanalytic theory and treatment. Each week will focus on the themes of a pertinent theoretical paper, and case material will be discussed to illuminate technical considerations. Particular attention will be paid to the difficulty of speaking about race — working with the dissociation of racial states, the collapse of potential space, and the vulnerabilities and melancholia that emerge in treatment for both therapist and client when racial tensions are allowed to surface. While keeping the Eurocentric nature of psychoanalytic writing in mind, we will attempt to use our theories to ground us as we search for new ways of working with race and culture.
- Participants will be able to critique psychoanalytic theory from a socio-cultural perspective, particularly in relation to race.
- Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the effects of implicit racism and bias on psychoanalytic treatment.
- Participants will be able to describe ways in which race and culture are inextricable from internal psychological development.
- Participants will be able to discuss the role of race in transference and countertransference enactments.
- Participants will be able to explain how privilege, in regards to race and culture, is embedded in psychoanalytic theory and practice.
- Participants will be able to demonstrate an ability to integrate thinking about culture and race into psychoanalytic case formulation.
- Participants will be able to critique psychoanalytic technique from a racially sensitive perspective.
Regina Shields, Ph.D, MFT, has taught and/or supervised at the Wright Institute, Access Institute, TPI, and Ann Martin’s Children’s Center. She has also presented at SFCP and TPI on clinical and theoretical issues pertaining to race and psychotherapy. Dr. Shields has a private practice in Oakland.
Diane Swirsky, Ph.D., is past president of NCSPP and has taught and trained therapists in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. She recently presented at both SFCP and TPI on the topic of race and culture in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Swirsky is a psychologist in private practice in Oakland.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.