Facets of Race in Psychoanlaysis

In a two-part presentation, Dr. Celia Brickman will first examine conceptions of "primitivity" intrinsic to Freud's work. Drawing on his work on immigration as an animating trope in psychoanalysis, and the idea of "groupal objects", Dr. Francisco González will consider the issue of the impact of the sociopolitical on current clinical practice.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Facets of Race in Psychoanalysis

Part I: The Question of Primitivity
As a window onto the issue of race within the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, Dr. Celia Brickman will examine conceptions of "primitivity" intrinsic to Freud's work. Beginning by exploring the anthropological and psychological genealogies of this concept, she will demonstrate some of the racial bias within psychoanalytic theory and the ramifications of this bias for contemporary clinical practice. Appreciating that Freud's intention was to universalize primitivity as an aspect of the unconscious common to all humanity, she examines how psychoanalysis has inadvertently perpetuated racist assumptions and prejudice by overlooking the role of the outmoded anthropological ideas embedded within psychoanalytic thought.

Part II: First World Problems and Gated Communities of the Mind
Drawing on his work on immigration as an animating trope in psychoanalysis, and the idea of "groupal objects", Dr. Francisco González will consider the issue of the impact of the sociopolitical on current clinical practice. As the world gets rapidly ever smaller and groups with radical differences are thrown ever more tightly against each other, psychoanalysis is not immune to these collisions, but is itself buffeted by the intensity of dialogues on race and gender, the fate of the global climate and the vicissitudes of national politics. Ethically, where are we to draw the line on what belongs inside or remains outside of analytic scrutiny? And how does this help us imagine what psychoanalysis is and can be?



Celia Brickman, PhD, LCPC (Presenter) is Adjunct Faculty at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and Psychotherapist and Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago. She is the author of Race in Psychoanalysis: Aboriginal Populations in the Mind

Francisco J. González, MD (Discussant) is a Personal and Supervising Analyst; Faculty, Co-Chair Community Psychoanalysis Track at The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco; Staff Psychiatrist, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, San Francisco; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Contributing Editor, Studies in Gender and Sexuality.

Deborah Choate, MD (Moderator) is a child and adult psychiatrist and adult psychoanalyst with a private practice in Cambridge.  She works with Health Care Without Walls at a women's shelter in Boston, is a Clinical Assistant professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, and is on the faculty at BPSI.


This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends.

This program will be of interest to mental health clinicians at all levels of training. 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the origins of Freud's anthropological conceptions of "primitivity" and demonstrate the racial implications;
  2. Explain how racializing ideas embedded within Freud's conceptions of primitivity influence clinical theory and practice;
  3. Apply the concept of the "collective of the individual" (or "groupal objects") to clinical work with individual patients, as regards pillars of identity such as race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation;
  4. Explain at least two ways that immigration functions as a trope in psychoanalytic theory.


9:00 am - 9:10 am: Introductions; 9:10 am - 10:05 am: Celia Brickman, PhD, LCPC; 10:05 am - 11:00 am: Francisco González, MD; 11:00 am - 11:15 am: Break; 11:15 am - 11:30 am: Discussion between Drs. Brickman and Gonzaelz; 11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Q&A.

Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $65 Early Bird (use code: EB2019BG); $75 Regular (through 11/23/2019)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians, Residents, and Students, and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners.

Continuing Education 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 2.5 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credtis has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please noe: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6913. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program offers 3 NBCC Clock Hours.


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