Monday, July 12, 2021

Lacan and Race Racism, Identity, and Psychoanalytic Theory

 


Book Description

This edited volume draws upon Lacanian psychoanalytic theory to examine the conscious and unconscious forces underlying race as a social formation, conceptualizing race, racial identity, and racism in ways that go beyond traditional modes of psychoanalytic thought.

Featuring contributions by Lacanian scholars from diverse geographical and disciplinary contexts, chapters span a wide breadth of topics, including white nationalism and contemporary debates over confederate monuments; emergent theories of race rooted in Afropessimism and postcolonialism; analyses of racism in apartheid and American slavery; clinical reflections on Latinx and other racialized patients; and applications of Lacan’s concepts of the lamella, drive and sexuation to processes of racialization. The collection both reorients readers’ understandings of race through its deployment of Lacanian theory and redefines the Lacanian subject through its theorizing of subjectivity in relation to race, racism and racial identification.

Lacan and Race will be a definitive text for psychoanalytic theorists and contemporary scholars of race, appealing to readers across the fields of psychology, cultural studies, humanities, politics, and sociology.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

In The Knot of Race, Class, and Gender: Towards An Intersectional Psychoanalysis: Dr. Patricia Gherovici

 



NJI presents its Virtual Annual Conference, via Zoom on Oct. 10, 2021.

Is psychoanalysis as a clinical practice and as a theoretical discourse capable of addressing burning issues in today’s society? Freud argued that if looked closely, individual psychology is at the same time social psychology. Likewise, Jacques Lacan’s contention that the unconscious is structured like a language postulates a psyche that is both individual and social. Working from basic Lacanian concepts Dr. Gherovici moves into the direction of intersectionality which stresses the importance of multiple subjective constructions such as race, gender, class, and sexual identity that crisscross and overlap. Taking Dr. Gherovici’s clinical experience as a point of departure her presentation will explore:

1) Gender, which goes back to Judith Butler’s concept of performativity and its effect in gender studies and psychoanalysis, and more recent controversies generated by the trans movement that can be taken as a rejection of Butler’s main ideas.

2) Race; Dr. Gherovici will engage with the new concept of “Afropessimism,” and then will discuss the debate between Franz Fanon, Jacques Lacan, and Octave Mannoni on racism and psychoanalysis.

3) Class; Dr. Gherovici will present issues of poverty in the barrios as encountered in her practice as a psychoanalyst in Philadelphia’s barrio. She will explore whether money and class distinction displace gender issues, making social issues insuperable when racialized minorities experience high levels of poverty and social alienation, and end up feeling that they have lost their “soul.” The emancipatory potential of psychoanalysis with poor, racialized minorities will be discussed. Clinical vignettes will be shared with the audience illustrating the issues explored.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

1) Define the concept of gender and its pertinence in psychoanalytic clinical practice.

2) Identify two issues related to race in the psychoanalytic situation.

3) Describe two different ways in which the dynamics of race, gender, and class may be made the subject of engagement in the treatment itself.

Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and recipient of the 2020 Sigourney Award. Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize; Other Press: 2003),  Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference  ​(Routledge: 2017). She edited (with Manya Steinkoler) Lacan On Madness: Madness Yes You Can’t ( Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016); (with Chris Christian) Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious  (Gradiva Award and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize; Routledge: 2019.)  

$100.00 for CEU credits
$80.00 non-CEU attendee
NJI Candidates attend for free
$40.00 Other Institute candidates with ID
Dateline for registration is Friday, October 8

4 CEU Approved for NJ Social Workers by NJSCSW
4 NBCC Approved Clock Hours for Counselors


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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Lacan and Race: Racism, Identity and Psychoanalytic Theory

 A webinar with authors Sheldon George and Derek Hook.

About this event

All registrants will receive access to the livestream and recording of this event. The recording will be sent out within 24 hours and available for 1 month to catch up.

The Freud Museum is honoured to welcome scholars Sheldon George and Derek Hook to discuss their groundbreaking co-edited publication, Lacan and Race: Racism, Identity and Psychoanalytic Theory (2021).

In the past year, racism and identity have been at the forefront of socio-political debates and demonstrations worldwide. It has led many of us to address uncomfortable truths about inequality in contemporary society as well as colonial histories of our ancestors and nations. 

Drawing upon some of the themes of their book, this talk will introduce how psychoanalytic theory has been used to examine the conscious and unconscious forces underlying race as a social formation, conceptualizing race, racial identity, and racism in ways that go beyond traditional modes of psychoanalytic thought.

Speakers

Sheldon George is Professor of English and Chair of the English department at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. His scholarship centres most directly on Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and applies cultural and literary theory to analyses of American and African American literature and culture.  He is author of Trauma and Race: A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity (2016) and co-editor of Reading Contemporary Black British and African American Women Writers: Race, Ethics, Narrative Form (2020)

Derek Hook is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Duquesne University and Extraordinary Professor in Psychology at the University of Pretoria. A former lecturer at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College, he is the author of A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial and (Post)apartheid Conditions (2012), Six Moments in Lacan (2017), and co-editor of Reading Lacan’s Écrits series.


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Friday, February 26, 2021

March 12-14 & 19-21, 2021 Two Weekend Virtual Conference

 


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

A Psychoanalysis for Precarious Times: Decolonizing Our Theory and Praxis
Nancy Caro Hollander, PhD

Can We Decolonize Narratives on Development in Psychoanalysis?
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Whereof Future Generations?
Mireille Fanon-Mendés France

STEERING COMMITTEE INVITED PANELS 
Queer and Gender Expansive Clinicians of Color Talk Psychoanalysis: A Dialogues Across Difference Invited Panel

Panelists: Jourdan Porter, MA, Luis Ramirez, LCSW, Jixia Ao, LCSW
Co-Chairs: Mamta Dadlani, PhD, Kori Bennett, PsyD

Reconsidering Neutrality 
Panelists: S.J. Langer, LCSW-R, Daniel Polyak,MA Daniel Rosengart, PhD
Moderator: Toni Hellmann, LCSW 

Reckoning with Trauma in Theory and Practice
Panelists: Ghislaine Boulanger, PhD, Yo’ad Ghanadry-Hakim, MA, Gilbert Kliman, MD (via recorded interview)
Panelist and Moderator: Gurmeet Kanwal, MD  

Colonialism and the Climate Crisis: Links we cannot afford to attack
Panelists: Nathan Jessee, PhD, Jessica Chavez, PhD, Elizabeth Allured, PsyD, Chakira Haddock-Lazala, PhD, Jan Haaken, PhD (playing clips from her film "Necessity: Oil, water and climate resistance")
Moderator: Katie Gentile, PhD

Who am I and how did I get here? Insights from community-based research with pregnant and postpartum women struggling with new motherhood
Panelists: Ozlem Bekar, PhD, Madeleine Miller-Bottome, MA, Jennifer Halpern, MA
Discussants: Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Lawrence D. Blum, MD 
Moderator: Inga Blom, PhD

It takes a multiracial village: Child therapy in the community
Panelists: William Brenner, MA, Almas (Ally) Merchant, PhD
Moderator: Kirkland C. Vaughans, PhD 

Special Invited Panel: The Writing and Scholarship of Lewis Aron: Wide Ranging, Deep, Committed, Passionate, Transformative
Panelists: Adrienne Harris, PhD, Galit Atlas, PhD, Spyros D Orfanos, PhD, ABPP
Chair: Spyros D Orfanos, PhD, ABPP 

Reckoning with the Unattended/Unanalyzed in Training: Structural Challenges in Analytic Institutes 
Co-Chairs Invited Panel in Collaboration with The Inter-Institute Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


COMMITTEE INVITED PANELS 
EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL (ECP) COMMITTEE INVITED PANEL 

When is graduate school really over? Unpacking, redressing, reframing, and reworking what we’ve learned 
Panelists: Laura Levin, PhD, Tiffany L Frank, PhD, Leslie Thompson García, MSc, Shari Appollon, LCSW, Jordan Bate, PhD
Co-Chairs: Laura Levin, PhD, Tiffany L Frank, PhD

 RESEARCH COMMITTEE INVITED PANEL 
Treating Veterans with Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Panelists: Cory K. Chen, PhD, Nicole Nehrig, PhD, Cassondra Feldman, PsyD, Christopher Schadt, PsyD 
Discussant: Paul Wachtel, PhD
Co-Chairs: Tracy A. Prout, PhD, Kevin B. Meehan, PhD
 
GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEE INVITED PANEL
Deconstructing the Supervisory Experience: A Conversation Between a Black Female Analyst — a LatinX Queer Early Career Clinician —
a White Lesbian Queer Cis Woman — a Taiwanese International Woman with Low Vision
Supervisor: Annie Lee Jones, PhD. Student Case Presenter: Luis Ramirez, MSW, LCSW
Senior Discussant: Regina Hund, PsyD
Student Discussant: Rosaline Ching-Lan Lin, MEd
Chair/Moderator: Anna Maria Baldauf, PsyD
Co-Moderator: Alicia MacDougall, MS
  
DISCUSSION GROUPS  

EROTIC TRANSFERENCE AND COUNTERTRANSFERENCE DISCUSSION GROUP 

Erotic Transference and Countertransference: The Discussion Continues 
Moderators: Arlene (Lu) Steinberg, PsyD, Judie Alpert, PhD

TRAUMA DISCUSSION GROUP

Love for Sale: A Case Presentation of a “Mail Order Bride”
Presenter: Oksana Yakushko, PhD
Discussant: Ghislaine Boulanger, PhD
Chair/Moderator:  JoAnn Ponder, PhD

PSYCHOTHERAPY INTEGRATION DISCUSSION GROUP

Courting Curiosity: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration
Moderators: Jill Bresler, Ph.D, Catherine F. Eubanks, PhD 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DISCUSSION GROUP 

Walls: Within Us and Between Us 
Presenter: Rebekah Small, LCSW
Discussant: Norka T. Malberg, PsyD
Co-Moderators: Seth Aronson, PsyD, Virginia M. Shiller, PhD

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS 

Psychoanalysis Trans(-)cendent: Theory, Science, and Skills for Working with Transgender and Gender Expansive Individuals, Families, and Communities
Richard Ruth, PsyD, Ben Morsa, PsyD, Kori Bennett, PsyD

Four Models of Infant-Parent Trauma: Implications for Treatment 
Beatrice Beebe, PhD,  Inga Blom, PhD, Amanda Zayde, PsyD

Collaboration or Collusion: Reckoning with Conflicting Loyalties in Assessment Supervision
Sarah L. Hedlund, PhD, Helen DeVinney, PsyD, Katherine Marshall Woods, PsyD 

The “Illegal” Traveler: The Process of Evaluating and Treating Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Nina K. Thomas, PhD, ABPP, CGP, Rukhsana Moona Chaudhry, PsyD, Michael O'Loughlin, PhD 


Race, Class, and the Unconscious: Barrio Stories

 


Race, Class, and the Unconscious: Barrio Stories
Sponsored by the NYSPA Psychoanalysis Division

Sunday, March 7, 2021

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET


In contrast to many Latin American countries, where psychoanalysis is tied to social justice, in the United States psychoanalysis has been viewed as reserved for the well-to-do, thus heeding invisible but no less rigid class boundaries. Challenging such discrimination, Patricia Gherovici and Chris Christian will shed light on the psychological complexities of life in the barrio that is often marked by poverty, migration, marginalization, and barriers of language, class, and race. Two clinical cases will be presented to illustrate principles that have been expounded more extensively in their award-winning and highly acclaimed book, Psychoanalysis and the Barrios: Race, Class, and the UnconsciousRafael Javier, whose work has been essential in challenging many biases in the application of psychoanalysis to diverse populations, will be the respondent and moderator. The video Psychoanalysis in the Barrios will be shown at 10:00 AM ET followed by the speakers’ presentations and discussion.

 

Speakers:

Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and recipient of the 2020 Sigourney Award for her work with Latinx and gender variant communities. She is an Honorary Member at IPTAR and Founding Member of Das Unbehagen. Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003) winner of the Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize,  Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference  (Routledge: 2017). She has published (with Manya Steinkoler) Lacan On Madness: Madness Yes You Can't (Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016) and most recently (with Chris Christian) Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious  (Winner of the Gradiva Award for best edited collection and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize; Routledge: 2019.)  

Chris Christian, Ph.D. is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychology. He obtained a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996; earned a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), where he is past Dean, and a Training and Supervising Analyst. His most recent book, Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (Routledge), with Patricia Gherovici, is the winner of the distinguished 2020 Gradiva Award, and of the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize. He is co-editor of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict with Morris Eagle and David Wolitzky; and co-editor with Michael J. Diamond of The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action (Karnac Books). 

Rafael Javier, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Post-Graduate Professional Development Programs, and Postdoctoral Certificate Programs in Forensic Psychology, and founding Director of the Center for Psychological Services and Clinical Studies at St. John's University. He is faculty and supervisor at the Object Relations Institute and founding member of the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLAS).  He has co-edited several books: Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class, Domestic Violence and Personality DevelopmentPsychotherapy in our Diverse Society: A Source Book; and Patterns of desire: Sexual diversity in psychoanalysis (2006), co-authored with William Herron.  The Handbook of Adoption: Implication for Researchers, Practitioners and Families (2007) was co-edited with Amanda Baden, Frank Biafora, and Alina Camacho-Gingerich.  He wrote The Bilingual mind: Thinking, Feeling, and Speaking in two Languages (2007) and The Specialty competencies in Psychoanalysis in Psychology (2015) co-authored with Dolores Morris and William Herron. He co-edited Understanding Domestic Violence: Theories, Challenges, Remedies (2018) with William Herron, and Assessing Trauma in Forensic Context (2020) with Elizabeth Owen and Jemour Maddux.  He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Psycholinguistic ResearchJournal of Social Distress and the Homeless, and Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

 

Tickets:
Psychoanalysis Division Members: $15
NYSPA Members: $20
NYSPA Student Members: $10
Non-NYSPA Members: $25

 

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Monday, January 11, 2021

PHOBOGENSIS: FANON'S CRITICAL CONTRIBUTION TO UNDERSTANDING THE PSYCHODYNAMICS OF RACE - FREE EVENT

What is phobogenesis? How does the phobogenic object fit into ideas of selfobject theory or Kleinian projection/introjection processes? Critical to present theory and practice is Fanon’s critique of the ideas coming from early theorists including Freud, Jung and Adler, particularly as his critique helps us to face into the challenges of considering race in psychoanalytic theory and practice as it shapes the subjective and intersubjective experience of both patients and analysts, both within the consulting space and in their personal and collective experience.

This discussion will center around a close reading of Fanon’s discussion of the dynamics and impact of phobogenesis on both subjects of whiteness and subjects of color. We will consider this contribution found in Fanon’s landmark text, Black Skin, White Masks and the direct implications his theoretical vision has for current work with patients of all racial, ethnic, religious, gendered and abled backgrounds. This presentation will be augmented with considerations coming from clinicians and theorists both within psychoanalysis and from outside our discipline, who have approached the implications of Fanon’s conceptualization in a variety of ways that can be helpful to clinicians in today’s current socio-politically charged contexts.

Steven H. Knoblauch Ph.D. is Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University and faculty/supervisor at The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity.  He also teaches and supervises from time to time at other institutes. He is author of The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Dialogue (2000), co-author with Beebe, Rustin and Sorter of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment, (2005), and author of Bodies and Social Rhythms: Navigating Clinical Vulnerability and Emotional Fluidity. (2020).  He serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. He is a former IARPP Board Member. For 17 years prior to entering psychoanalytic training Steven worked in Community Mental Health in various community based programs. He worked out of The Door A Center of Alternatives, a UN NGO based, internationally recognized ,model program for multidisciplinary service delivery to inner city adolescents. His roles there included clinician, supervisor and trainer/consultant to organizations globally from 1975 through 1988.

Dr. Almas (Ally) Merchant is a clinical psychologist at Sun River Health, a nonprofit agency providing integrative care to community members in New York City. Besides her clinical work, she is also the externship coordinator at Brightpoint Health, where she supervises students from doctoral programs in psychology. She is also a supervising psychologist at a private practice, Stress, Trauma Evaluation, and Psychological Services (STEPS). Currently, she is a candidate at NYU’s postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level college courses and has contributed multiple presentations and publications in the fields of racial trauma, family dynamics, and the psychotherapy process. She is on the editorial board for the Sexuality and Gender Studies Journal, treasurer for the APCS, and an active member of APA's Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, where she serves as a co-chair on the Scholars committee for graduate students and early career professionals. Finally, she has recently been elected as Council Representative to APA at large for the Society.


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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Trauma and Race A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity by Sheldon George

 


African American identity is racialized. And this racialized identity has animated and shaped political resistance to racism. Hidden, though, are the psychological implications of rooting identity in race, especially because American history is inseparable from the trauma of slavery.

In Trauma and Race author Sheldon George begins with the fact that African American racial identity is shaped by factors both historical and psychical. Employing the work of Jacques Lacan, George demonstrates how slavery is a psychic event repeated through the agencies of racism and inscribed in racial identity itself. The trauma of this past confronts the psychic lack that African American racial identity both conceals and traumatically unveils for the African American subject.

Trauma and Race investigates the vexed, ambivalent attachment of African Americans to their racial identity, exploring the ways in which such attachment is driven by traumatic, psychical urgencies that often compound or even exceed the political exigencies called forth by racism.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

ONLINE SEMINAR IN PSYCHOANALYSIS: Hate Your Neighbour as You Hate Yourself: Hate, Racism and Exclusion (Keynote Speaker Patricia Gherovici)

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About this Event

This seminar proposes to think psychoanalytically about symptoms of hate such as racism, discrimination and exclusion. After the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing awareness of violent discrimination, structural racism, and the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement, it seems that no analyst can be immune to the cultural context in which they work. It seems unavoidable to take a position.

In her presentation, guest discussant, Patricia Gherovici, will address questions such as: How is the current socio-political context affecting our patients and how do we work with this in clinical practice? How might the analyst's biases impede the treatment? How does that affect the ideal of neutrality? Is it enough to be aware of our unconscious racism and prejudices like heterosexism or gender normativity? How can we help psychoanalysis to develop and thrive in our currently conflicted situation?

There will a group discussion after the speaker's presentation and participants are invited to contribute.

2 CPD points will be awarded by APPI (Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland).

Those with difficulty with the fee can write to freudlacaninstitute@gmail.com.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY: Patricia Gherovici (PhD) is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. She is co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group and Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennsylvania (PSYS), Honorary Member at IPTAR the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City, and Founding Member of Das Unbehagen. Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003) winner of the Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize, Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference (Routledge: 2017). She has published two edited volumes (both with Manya Steinkoler) Lacan On Madness: Madness Yes You Can't ( Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016). Most recently, she published a collection (with Chris Christian) Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (Routledge: 2019.) She is completing (with Manya Steinkoler) Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Sexualities: From Feminism to Trans (Cambridge University Press: forthcoming Spring 2021).


Friday, October 30, 2020

James Baldwin's I am Not Your Negro: The Lived Experience of Race Then and Now

 

James Baldwin's I am Not Your Negro
The Lived Experience of Race Then and Now

Panelists: 
Beverly Stoute, M.D. (moderator), Irene Cairo, M.D., David Goldenberg, M.D., Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D., Meredith Wong, M.D.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020  |  8:00 - 10:00 pm
(Held Virtually on ZOOM)
$30 - General Admission
$20 - Student Admission
No charge for NYPSI members and students
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Saturday, October 3, 2020

“I DO NOT HAVE A RACIST BONE IN MY BODY”: PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVES ON WHAT IS LOST AND NOT MOURNED IN OUR CULTURE’S PERSISTENT RACISM

 

“I DO NOT HAVE A RACIST BONE IN MY BODY”: PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVES ON WHAT IS LOST AND NOT MOURNED IN OUR CULTURE’S PERSISTENT RACISM

DISCUSSANT: MICHAEL MOSKOWITZ, PhD


Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm via zoom

Tickets

General: $100 includes 3 CE Credits

IPTAR Members: $75 includes 3 CE Credits

Candidates & Students: $25 includes 3 CE Credits


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IPTAR PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Brian Kloppenberg (Chair), Jeanne Even, Susan Finkelstein, Anna Fishzon, Lynne Herbst, Judy Ann Kaplan, Masha Mimran, Jamie Stevens, Yukari Yanagino

Dorothy Evans Holmes calls for the need to include race as an important part of psychoanalytic inquiry. She argues that when one’s affiliation to whiteness gets split-off and disavowed in clinical work, it eventually comes back as a ghost and interferes with the psychotherapeutic work of symbolization and mourning.

For Holmes, the ongoing disavowal of the identification to whiteness contributes to the creation of a self that does not allow acceptance of the pain inflicted on the non-white racial Other and thereby drains psychic strength and vitality. Analyst and patient often implicitly agree to regard whiteness as the norm, rendering the experiences of racialized others as irregular, and thus, undesirable. But the “irregular” within whiteness, Holmes explains, often is not observed and put under psychoanalytic investigation. Through her clinical examples Holmes shows the effect of the identification to whiteness that has been split off and disavowed. Such dynamics generate powerful turbulence in the transference and countertransference matrix. Holmes tells us that, without sustained, rigorous attention to the disavowal of race in the field of psychoanalysis, there can be no change in our collective efforts to challenge racism in our consulting rooms, institutes, associations, and theory-making.

Discussant Michael Moskowitz will contribute his own nuanced response to this important paper. There will be ample time for interaction between program participants with Holmes and Moskowitz. With this event, the IPTAR Program Committee begins a series of programs that will focus on the psychoanalytic investigation of racism.

Dorothy Evans Holmes, PhD, is a Teaching, Training, and Supervising Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, Professor and PsyD Program Director Emeritus at the George Washington University, Teaching, Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, and a Fellow of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR).  Dr. Holmes is widely-recognized for her work on the impact of race and gender on psychoanalytic treatment process. Her two most recent of many refereed journal articles are: Holmes, D. (2020), Feminism revisited:  a rejoinder to Arlene Kramer Richards’ examination of the impact of feminism on psychoanalysis, in press in: The Journal of Psychoanalytic Controversy; and Holmes, D. (2019), Our country ‘tis of we and them: Psychoanalytic perspectives on our fractured American identity, American Imago, 76:359-379. Dr. Holmes has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  She continues to be involved in national psychoanalytic organization leadership, including that she currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity in Psychoanalytic Education, Section on Diversities, the American Psychoanalytic Education, and she is a Trustee on the Board of the Accreditation Council of Psychoanalytic Education.  Dr. Holmes practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Bluffton, SC.

Michael Moskowitz is past-President of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). He is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and the NYU School of Social Work. He has written about psychoanalytic theory, organizational dynamics, race, ethnicity, and neuroscience.  He is co-editor of three books including Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class: Widening the Scope of Psychotherapy, and author of Reading Minds: A Guide to the Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution.  Dr. Moskowitz was co-founder and CEO of Other Press and Managing Director of Karnac books. He was Team Leader of the first VA Vietnam Veterans center in the northeast, a recipient of the Gradiva award for his work in psychoanalytic publishing, and is co-producer of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and associate producer of Psychoanalysis in El Barrio.

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the disavowal of race as a psychoanalytic way of thinking about racism in broader sociocultural as well as clinical terms.
  2. To understand how to work therapeutically with the disavowal of race, both in terms of the transference and the countertransference.
  3. To understand how the disavowal of race impacts upon the field of psychoanalysis.

CE Credits for LCSW’s, LP’s, LCAT’s and LMHC’s

Social Workers: The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Inc. (IPTAR) SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0226.

Licensed Psychoanalysts: The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts (P-0011).

Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists (#CAT-0037).

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. (#MHC-0112). (1.5) CE credits will be granted to participants who have registered, have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program and have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements.

Many thanks from the IPTAR Program Committee: Brian Kloppenberg (Chair), Jeanne Even, Susan Finkelstein, Anna Fishzon, Lynne Herbst, Judy Ann Kaplan, Masha Mimran, Jamie Stevens, Yukari Yanagino