Racial Dissociation: Asian American Dynamics in the Clinic and the Classroom

In recent months and years, America’s political and cultural climate has shone a disruptive light on our collective values and shared racial histories. Many of us, however, remain largely blind to the manifold, subtle, productive, and pathologic psychic adaptations necessary for those who are marginalized by these racial dynamics.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

7:00 pm EST Lecture & Discussion
This event will be Live-streamed via Zoom.
Online registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom Meeting Link.
A limited number of in-person seats will be offered to BPSI Students in a separate registration.

To receive Continuing Education, registration must be completed by Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST.

 

The 2022 Winter Academic Lecture

In recent months and years, America’s political and cultural climate has shone a disruptive light on our collective values and shared racial histories. Many of us, however, remain largely blind to the manifold, subtle, productive, and pathologic psychic adaptations necessary for those who are marginalized by these racial dynamics. As national movements against Anti-Asian racism garner increasing national attention, psychoanalysis must necessarily reflect on and examine our conceptions and practices in regard to Asians and Asian Americans. Building upon Freud’s conceptions of mourning and melancholia, David Eng will explore what he describes as processes of racial melancholia and racial dissociation in U.S. society. Immigration, assimilation, and racialization all involve losses that are not just difficult to mourn but often socially disavowed. These dynamics are often reproduced and reenacted in the consulting room, rendering Asian Americans either as invisible or as “model minorities.” Dr. Eng will share his thoughts on these social and psychic phenomenon. Dr. Cheng and Dr. Kelso will present clinical cases that both challenge and abet psychoanalytically-informed clinicians to recognize and negotiate some of the core paradoxes and dilemmas involved in working with Asian American patients. This program will engage clinicians to develop greater self-reflection on their racial roles and attitudes in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychoanalytic education.

Speakers

David Eng, PhD (Presenter)

Is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania. He is an Honorary Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), New York City.

Elisa Cheng, MD  (Discussant)

Is a clinical supervisor, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA. She is a third year Candidate in Psychoanalytic Training, BPSI and is a Psychiatrist/Psychotherapist in Private Practice, Cambridge, MA.

Gwendolyn Kelso, PhD (Discussant)

Is a third Year Student in BPSI’s Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is a psychologist in private practice, Cambridge, MA.

Cecil Webster, MD (Moderator

Is a Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital. He is a trustee and Candidate in Psychoanalytic Training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

 

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI members and friends. Your gift to BPSI supports
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The target audience for this program is mental health clinicians at all levels of training and members of the community.
 

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss two contemporary psychoanalytic ideas about racial dissociation and racial enactments.
  2. Describe two useful clinical approaches to identify and mitigate racial dissociation
  3. Compare two useful clinical approaches to minimize analytic racial enactment of avoidance of race and racial differences.
  4. Explain how to discuss race outside the Black-white binary.

Schedule

Opening remarks; 7:00-7:15 pm. Presentation; 7:15-8:00 pm; First Discussant; 8:00-8:15 pm: Second Discussant; 8:15-8:30 pm: Responses from Presenter, Discussion and Q &A: 8:30-9:00 pm.

 
Scholarships are available for BPSI programs.
FEE:
$85 Lecture Fee
$75 Early Bird Special (available until 01/05/2022) Use Code at Checkout: EB2022WIN
 
 
Continuing Education
 
Physicians:
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 2 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. *Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

 
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 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
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Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures

Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon-Cardoso at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

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