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The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education

Cultural & Contextual Subjectivities & Dilemmas in the Clinical Encounter

  • 11 Feb 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Inn at Swarthmore ----- NO On-Site Registration


  • For all categories.

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Program Description: Cultural identity formation is a complex and layered process that involves intra-psychic, interpersonal, and sociocultural understandings of individuals and the communities that provide the context for development. Therapists and clients experience both choice and constraint in the development of cultural identity, a process that is fluid and dynamic throughout the lifespan. This program aims to address the intersection of the patient’s and client’s dilemmas of facing choice and constraint in identity and relationship, and the dilemmas posed in understanding these subjectivities both within the broader context of social oppression and trauma, and within open space of psychotherapeutic exploration. The program incorporates an experiential demonstration/discussion format to examine critical moments in clinical work and the ethical considerations implied when practicing within a framework of cultural competence.

Program Format: Lecture & experiential demonstrate/discussions sessions.

Presenter: Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D.

Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra is an Associate Professor in Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College, and in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA.  Her research and scholarship concerns immigration, race, gender, mental health, and cultural competence in psychotherapy practice. She has served on the American Psychological Association Division 39 Board of Directors, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines in the 21st Century. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy, published by American Psychological Association Books in 2016.

Facilitators: Reggie Jones, MSW and David Ramirez, Ph.D, ABPP

Learning Objectives:

1.  Summarize the critical elements of cultural identity formation in therapists and clients;

2.  Observe demonstrations of the ethical relevance of culturally informed practice;

3.  Recognize the role of language and affect in the experience of psychotherapy;

4.  Recognize and address the role of social oppression and traumatic stress;

5.  Recognize the complexity cultural identifications for both therapist and client.

CE credits:

This program is offered for five (5) CE credit hours (Ethics).

Educational Prerequisites: 

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Registration Fees and Information: 

Professional: $130   

PSPP Member/IRPP Candidate: $110.00

Early Career Professionals (graduated 2011 or later): $80 

To register, please go to pcpeonline.org or by mail to: PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.

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

Continuing Education for Social Workers: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

Special Needs Policy: If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact David Ramirez, at 610-328-8059, or dramire1@swarthmore.edu.

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