Sun, Apr 11, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Salon | Social Event
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

Free: CMH Clinicians

Early Registration Deadline: 
March 28, 2021



Course Overview: 

In preparation for the Annual Lecture with Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D., a reading group for community mental health clinicians will discuss selected works and consider how they apply to their work and thinking.

Commitment to Equity: 

NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.

Presenters Response:

Working in community mental health requires attunement to multiple factors affecting identity and experience in society. Members will review selected works related to the Annual Lecture to discuss how relevant themes of culture and identity apply to their work and how the conceptualize themselves and their clients.

Target Audience & Level: 

This reading group is open to clinicians working in community mental health settings in non-profit and government-funded agencies.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Geetali Chitre, Psy.D. at

Community Mental Health Committee

This committee is a group of clinicians who are interested in the relationship between Community Mental Health (CMH) and psychoanalysis.  Psychoanalysis is anchored in a quality of close care and attention that is often systematically denied to members of disadvantaged communities and difficult to locate in stressed, under-resourced public mental health clinics.  CMH clinicians hold the tension between a variety of institutional, social, and political pressures and constraints. Meanwhile, psychoanalytic thinking sometimes misses the significance of these systemic influences on individual lives.

There is important work to be done in bridging the theoretical and concrete gaps between community work and psychoanalytic practice. The CMH committee aspires to create a more inclusive home for CMH clinicians within the NCSPP community. In turn, we advocate for greater investment from psychoanalysis in the projects of CMH practitioners- in terms of both theory and practical engagement.

We seek to identify the needs and interests of our various partners both in CMH and NCSPP.  We invite our community members to engage with us by emailing us at .

Katherine Eng, Ph.D., Chair
Andrea Chan, Psy.D.
Geetali Chitre, Psy.D.