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Working Across The Racial Divide

“Working Across The Racial Divide”

Psychoanalytic Division of NYSPA

St. John’s University

101 Astor Place, New York, NY

Sunday, December 8, 2019

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


This presentation is designed for early career psychotherapists as well as more senior clinicians who wish to expand their knowledge and skill base in the psychodynamic treatment of African Americans and other clients of color. This presentation will encompass an international exercise designed to have participants contribute to the group's learning process.


Learning Objectives:


1. Participants will be able to identify unrealized personal racial attitudes that can negatively impact their clinical treatment of this population.


2. Participants will learn to appreciate the inevitability of the racialized transference/countertransference matrix in mixed racial dyads.


3. Participants will be able to identify at least two examples of how structural racism within the educational and juvenile justice systems negatively impact African American girls and boys.


WARREN SPIELBERG , Ph.D., Fulbright Scholar, psychologist, psychoanalyst is an Associate Teaching Professor at the New School for Public Engagement. In addition, he is a teaching fellow at the Child Institute at Al Quds University on the West Bank and a visiting faculty member at the William Alanson White Institute. He is Co-Editor with Dr. Kirkland Vaughans, of "The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents- Two Volumes”, Praeger 2015. He is an acknowledged authority on the problems of boys and men and is a member of the American Psychological (APA) Task Force on treatment guidelines for boys and men. He is the recipient of the Practitioner of the Year Citation by the APA for his work with the FDNY post 9/11. He maintains a private practice in Brooklyn Heights, where he works with children, families and adults. Dr. Spielberg consults on issues relating to boys and men and on dialogue and conflict resolution worldwide. His consultative work has included such organizations as UNICEF, UFT and the NYC Mayor's Young Men's Initiative and various co-existence groups in Israel and the West Bank.


Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor, with Warren Spielberg, of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. He is a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and a faculty member of their postgraduate program in child and adolescent psychotherapy, a clinical supervisor at the National Institute for Psychotherapies, and visiting faculty member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He has published articles

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