Dynamics of Race, Culture, and Sociopolitical Context in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

May 21, 2021 at 12:45 PM

Virtual  Grand Rounds with Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD    

12:50-1:50 p.m. 

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and  requires advance registration.    

Grand Rounds are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below).      

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Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD will present a Virtual Grand Rounds on May 21.This presentation will provide a theoretical framework that integrates cultural competence as a core emphasis of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. A historical overview of both psychoanalytic neglect and contributions to understandings of sociocultural context, and specific contemporary psychoanalytic approaches to culturally informed practice, such as the recognition of social oppression and the complexity of cultural identifications, will be discussed. Further, the current sociopolitical context and its implications for racial and cultural dynamics in the therapeutic relationship will be explored. A case illustration will serve to translate culturally informed psychoanalytic theory to practice. 

Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD, is professor of counseling, developmental and educational psychology, and the director of training in the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. She teaches graduate level courses in the psychology of trauma, counseling and personality theory, dissertation research, and advanced practicum. Her research and scholarship focus on immigration, trauma, race, and cultural competence and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her publications include over 80 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books. She is also in independent practice, and works primarily with survivors of trauma from diverse sociocultural backgrounds. 

Dr. Tummala-Narra is a member-at-large on the Board of Directors in American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39, and has served as the chair of the APA Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee and as a member of the APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Revising the Multicultural Guidelines. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology) and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race). Her recent awards include the Distinguished Contributions to the Understanding of Cultural Diversity Award and the Patricia Arredondo Diversity and Equity Speaker Series Award. 

Dr. Tummala-Narra is an associate editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology, Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and senior psychotherapy editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. She serves on the editorial boards of the APA journals, Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychology of Men and Masculinities. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy, published by APA (American Psychological Association) Books in 2016. Her edited book, Trauma and Racial Minority Immigrants: Turmoil, Uncertainty, and Resistance, was published by APA Books in January 2021.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.    

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  1. Describe ways in which the sociocultural context of the client and the therapist influence conceptualizations of health and pathology in development. 

  1. Recognize how psychoanalytic theory informs and deepens an understanding of sociocultural context in psychotherapy, including the impact of the current sociopolitical climate on therapists and clients.    

  1. Identify how experiences of privilege and oppression contribute to complex and sometimes contradictory cultural identifications, and challenging dynamics within the therapeutic relationship. 



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Pending for: LMHC     

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.      

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The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.     

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.     

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1 hour