Black | White Polarities: Social Identity as an Unconscious Social Construction

What does it mean to have a race? Biologically speaking, relatively little. Yet racial categories mark vast differences across every aspect of one’s lived experience in the United States. Using systems psychodynamics theory, this course will examine splitting, projection and projective identification at the group level, and consider them as seminal social defenses involved in the unconscious construction of the meaning of race.

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8 Sessions: Wednesdays, Mar. 10, 17, 31, 2021; Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021; May 5, 2021; Snow Dates: May 12, 19, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 
Schedule: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Lecture/Experiential Learning; 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Group Discussion
 
All courses will take place online until further notice. 
 
Black | White Polarities: Social Identity as an Unconscious Social Construction
 
What does it mean to have a race? Biologically speaking, relatively little. Yet racial categories mark vast differences across every aspect of one’s lived experience in the United States. Using systems psychodynamics theory, this course will examine splitting, projection and projective identification at the group level, and consider them as seminal social defenses involved in the unconscious construction of the meaning of race. Further, this course will analyze the impact of dynamics pertaining to social identity on authority, power and leadership in organizational life.
 
Instructor
 
Candice A. Crawford-Zakian, PsyD
is an Explorations in Mind Program, Guest Faculty at BPSI and Lecturer on leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. A psychoanalytically oriented organizational psychologist, Dr. Crawford-Zakian utilizes principles of systems psychodynamics, design thinking and the creative arts to promote socio-cultural awareness and empathic agility in senior leaders who seek to more effectively build inclusive and innovative company cultures. Dr. Crawford-Zakian is a certified Tavistock consultant of the AK Rice Institute and a Leadership Consultant at INSEAD Graduate Business School (France). She received her PsyD in clinical psychology from George Washington University, and completed her clinical post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance.
 
 
This course is open to participants from multiple disciplines including scholars, clinicians, management consultants, and organizational leaders and practitioners. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.
 
 
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
 
  1. Describe the basic tenants of systems psychodynamics theory in relation to social identity and informal roles.
  2. Explain the conceptual difference between group and individual unconscious process in the context of sociopolitical dynamics.
  3. Describe the concept of “group-as-a-whole” as a foundational tenant of systems psychodynamics.
  4. Assess the impact of unconscious group process on the experience of leadership and authority through variant markers of social identity (e.g. race, class and gender identity).
  5. Apply theories of systems psychodynamics to outside 2-3 case examples and in-class, case-in-point experiences.
  6. Identify dynamics of power and authority within diverse work groups.
  7. Examine group level splitting, projection and projective identification as seminal social defenses involved in the unconscious construction of the meaning of race.
  8. Assess the nature of the interconnections between individual and group behavior.
 
 
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $250 Early Bird (Use code: EB2021BW); $275 Regular (after Feb 15, 2021)
 
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.
 
 
Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan (cnathan@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to www.bpsi.org, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
 
 
 
Program Administrator
Stephanie Cavanaugh: scavanaugh@bpsi.org
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com
 
 
 
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 12 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 12 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 credits has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of 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.
 
 
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.
 
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(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, 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 to or administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.
 
 

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