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)

Moderator:     Mary Margaret McClure, D.M.H. (Mill Valley, CA)

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


Physicians The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists The American Psychoanalytic Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Psychoanalytic Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers  This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.

New York State Social Workers American Psychoanalytic Association, Inc. 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 #SW-0186.

New York State Licensed Psychoanalysts American Psychoanalytic Association, Inc. 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-0013.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose unless specifically noted.