James Baldwin: His Life, Our Times

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This course will examine the life and writings of James Baldwin with emphasis on his relevance to today's conversations on race relations in America.

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6 Sessions: Mondays, Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 2019

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

This program will be of interest to non-practitioners and practitioners at all levels of training. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

James Baldwin: His Life, Our Times


The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world’s definitions. -- James Baldwin

We will examine the life and writings of James Baldwin with emphasis on his relevance to today’s conversations on race relations in America. We will study not only what Baldwin says but how he says it–his prose style, his use of images and metaphors. Dialogues, The Fire Next Time, Going to Meet the Man, and Go Tell It on the Mountain will be among the works discussed. The work of Baldwin sheds light on prejudice in America and, through discussion and opportunities for reflection, may serve to sensitize clinician participants to prejudice in their field of mental health and, perhaps, in their practices.




Dan Jacobs, MD -- Psychoanalyst Member, Training and Supervising Analyst, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI. Dr. Jacobs holds a master’s degree in English Literature and has previously taught Explorations in Mind courses that focus on the connections between literature and psychoanalysis. Private practice in Brookline, MA.



Learning Objectives
After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how Baldwin’s view of the African American experience might influence our treatment of patients of all color.
  2. Describe the common defenses oppressed people use to survive.
  3. Describe how being a minority a developing affects the sense of self.
  4. Compare the black experience of discrimination during Baldwin’s lifetime and the present day.
  5. Familiarize oneself with the psychological roots of prejudice.
  6. Increase awareness of racism in the mental health organization to which participants belong.


Baldwin, J. (1993). The fire next time. New York: Vintage International.

Baldwin, J. (1995). Going to meet the man. New York: Vintage International.

Baldwin, J. (2013) Go tell it on the mountain. New York: Vintage International.



8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Group Discussion.

Continuing Education

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 9 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 has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of the social work CE accreditation. 

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.

Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon 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.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.





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