“I Don’t Have a Racist Bone in My Body” Psychoanalytic Perspective on What Is Lost and Not Mourned in our Culture’s Persistent Racism
The paper examines racism in cultural, historical and clinical contexts to enable its conscious ownership and mastery which includes a process of mourning.
Racism is examined as a disavowed marauding presence in the white psyche. It is a pathological formation that weakens psychic structures; it creates a vulnerability to acting out that is hateful, discombobulated, and destructive. The paper examines racism in cultural, historical and clinical contexts to enable its conscious ownership and mastery which includes a process of mourning. Racism is identified as an imperative that must be addressed by psychoanalysts since it is something carried widely in the culture and individually. Cases are presented and discussed to show that racism is accessible for and benefits from analysis in the consultation room.
3 CE CREDITS
NYS LMSW/LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, PSY
APA PSY CE credits
Dorothy Evans Holmes, PhD, is a Teaching, Training, and Supervising Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, Professor and PsyD Program Director Emeritus at George Washington University, and Teaching, Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Holmes is widely recognized for her examination of the impact of race and gender on the psychoanalytic treatment process. Her most recent of many refereed journal articles include, “Our Country ‘tis of we and them:Psychoanalytic perspectives on our fractured American identity” (American Imago, 2019) and “Feminism revisited: A rejoinder to Arlene Kramer Richards’ examination of the impact of feminism on psychoanalysis” (International Journal of Controversial Discussions, 2020).Dr. Holmes has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.She continues to be involved in national psychoanalytic organization leadership, including serving as Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association.Dr. Holmes practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Bluffton, SC.
Elizabeth B. Sullivan, LCSW is a NYS Licensed social worker practicing in Garden City, NY. She is an Advanced Candidate at the Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Derner School of Psychology, and the Treasurer to the Adelphi Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Ms. Sullivan is a volunteer clinician at HealthRight International conducting clinical evaluations for survivors of torture, abuse, and neglect seeking immigration relief in the United States.
- 9:30am – 9:45am Introduction
- 9:45am – 11:00am Main presentation by Dr. Dorothy Evans Holmes
- 11:00am – 11:10am Break
- 11:10am – 11:40am Case Presentation by Elizabeth Sullivan, LCSW
- 11:40am – 12:30pm Case Discussion by Dr. Dorothy Evans Holmes followed by audience participation.
Derner student/candidate/faculty: Free
Non-Derner guest: $50.00
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