Saturday, September 26, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
4.5 Continuing Education Credits available
This three-part program will be of interest to clinicians who want to increase their position and identity as mental health professionals with a role in the larger context of the world outside the consulting room.
In the first part, discussion among three experienced psychoanalysts, each with many years of clinical, teaching and writing experience will highlight their different views of activism and their identities as activists or not.
The second part of the program will be a talk by Robert Lifton, eminent scholar, activist and psychoanalytic thinker with many decades of work toward social change. He will talk about the changing role of advocacy.
The third part of this program will discuss how psychoanalytic thinking can address race, psychological trauma, protest and violence in the community.
After attending this session, participants should be able to:
1. Demonstrate how views of activism can be expressed and not expressed in the clinical setting
2. Describe the activism of clinicians from diverse race, age and genders.
3. Utilize the distinction between advocacy and activism in the clinical setting.
4. Assess psychoanalytic interventions in the realm of childhood and racial trauma.
5. Analyze the role of cultural context in clinical work.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m – Segment I: Are you an Activist?
Introduction: Donald B. Moss, M.D. (New York, NY)
Host: Clara Kwun, LCSW (San Francisco, CA)
Presenters: Karim Dajani, Psy.D. (San Francisco, CA)
Annie Lee Jones, Ph.D.* (Jamaica, NY)
Warren S. Poland, M.D. (Washington, DC)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Interim Speaker: Robert Jay Lifton, M.D.* (New York, NY)
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Segment II: When must we act? (And is thinking a form of action?).
Moderator: Maureen A. Katz, M.D. (Berkeley, CA)
Host: Lynne Zeavin, Psy.D. (New York, NY)
Presenters: Steve Marans, Ph.D. (New Haven, CT)
Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D. (Dix Hills, NY)
Jyoti M. Rao, M.F.T. (San Francisco, CA)
*Non APsaA Member