In this seminar we will study selected up-to-date psychoanalytic writings that address the challenges of working under the prevailing conditions of a global pandemic, rampant sociopolitical unrest, and systemic racism. Each session will be devoted to one of these three threats, and to how we as clinicians can best function in the face of them. We’ll look at how each condition affects our patients’ lives and our own, how it manifests itself within the psychoanalytic process, and how that process can be harnessed to best promote the person’s ability to cope with its consequences. Several thematically relevant readings, to be distributed in advance, will serve to anchor and focus our discussion during each session.
Session I: Global Pandemic
Selections from “Psychoanalysis and the Pandemic” June, 2020, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 68(3)
Gentile, J. Time may change us: The strange temporalities, novel paradoxes, and democratic imaginaries of a pandemic. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 68(4)649-670.
Session II: Sociopolitical Upheaval
Gonzalez, FJ (2020). Trump cards and Klein bottles: On the collective of the individual. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 30:383-398.
Ceccoli, V.C. Liminal space, sexuality, and the language of #MeToo. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 30: 258-266.
Session III: Systemic Racial Unrest:
D.W. Sue, et al. (2019) Disarming racial micro-aggressions: Microintervention strategies for targets, white aliens, and bystanders. American Psychologist 74(1), 128-142.
Taffel, R. (2020) The myth of micro-aggression Contemporary Psychoanalysis 56(2-3), 375-393.
Instructor: Margaret Crastnopol (Peggy), Ph.D. is faculty, Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and supervisor of psychotherapy and faculty, W. A. White Institute, New York. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and she is on the Executive Committee of the IARPP. She authored Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury, Routledge, 2015. Dr. Crastnopol treats individuals and couples, in person and remotely, for those in Seattle, WA and elsewhere.
- The participant will be able to describe key background factors that explain the impact each threat has on patients’ emotional lives and psychic development.
- The attendee will be able to name and explain strategies for helping patients process their attitudes and modulate their anxieties related to each threat.
Fees: $150 - Alliance member, $180 - non-Member, for the 3-session series
Class size limit: 15 people