Culturally Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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This presentation concerns psychoanalytic understandings of sociocultural context in psychotherapy, focusing on a framework for the systematic inclusion of cultural competence as a core emphasis of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

In applying this framework, there will be a special emphasis on exploring identity among immigrants and the 2nd generation in U.S. society. The presenter will explore the role of discrimination and stereotyping, the experience of multiple identities, and marginalization and privilege among racial minority immigrant-origin people. She will underscore the importance of recognizing unconscious processes underlying identifications concerning race and gender in particular, and the sociopolitical contexts associated with these identifications. Clinical vignettes will help to foster discussion with audience members, focusing on relevant dilemmas that arise in the therapeutic relationship.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe ways in which the sociocultural context of the client and the therapist influence conceptualizations of health and pathology in development.
  2. Recognize how psychoanalytic theory informs and deepens an understanding of sociocultural context in psychotherapy.
  3. Identify how experiences of privilege and oppression contribute to complex and sometimes contradictory cultural identifications, and challenging dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.

Seminar Information


September 17


2:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.


$70 Regular Registration
$50 Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Derner student/Postgraduate candidate, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student

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Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is a Professor of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology and Director of Doctoral Training in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. She is also in Independent Practice. Her research and scholarship focus on immigration, trauma, race, and cultural competence and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee and Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors in American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), 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. 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 is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and with APA Division 39 and Division 45. 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.

Case Presentation

Dr Nicole Daisy-Etienne is a clinical psychologist, founder of On Course Psychological Counseling, P.C. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Services and Director of the Derner Hempstead Child Clinic.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

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