For all of its potential to do good, psychoanalysis has tended to focus on problems that can be narrowly viewed as stemming from intrapsychic and familial problems, and it has failed to include social and historical forces and inequities into its theory and practice. As such, it is much maligned, and often thought to be irrelevant, among nonwhite populations. If psychoanalysis is to remain relevant, it must reevaluate its avoidance of race, class, culture, and difference. The purpose of Black Psychoanalysts Speak (BPS) is to bring these variables into systematic consideration.
This clinical conference is designed for therapists who work consciously or, as importantly, unconsciously with race in the therapeutic dyad. Issues of race occur most obviously when therapist and patient are of different races and more subtly, but no less significantly, when therapist and patient are of the same race. This conference is designed to crystallize these issues so their implications might be consciously considered.
Demonstrations using case conference methodologies, discussion, and self-reflection will be the core of this conference experience. Coupled with a didactic presentation, these approaches will be used to highlight, stimulate, and explore personal and interpersonal dynamics as they exist in the treatment room. Conference participants will have the opportunity in small groups and in larger settings to share insights, raise questions, and offer experiences relevant to racial enactment in their own work with patients.
The New School for Social Research
66 West 12th Street, NY, NY 10011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dionne Powell, M.D.
“Breaking walls and building bridges: Bringing race into the therapeutic conversation”
Cleonie White, Ph.D.
Michael Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Kathleen Pogue White, Ph.D.
Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D.