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Culturally Informed Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - 3 CEs
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/23/2017
When: Monday, October 23, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.)
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Grand View Farm
55 Center St.
Burlington, Massachusetts  01803
United States

Online registration is available until: 10/20/2017
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Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Continental breakfast included.


This program highlights psychoanalytic understandings of sociocultural context in psychotherapy, and describes a framework with a systematic inclusion of cultural competence as a core emphasis of 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. A case illustration and discussion will serve to translate culturally informed psychoanalytic theory to practice.


Course Objectives: Participants will learn how:

  1. The sociocultural context of the client and the therapist influence conceptualizations of health and pathology in development.
  2. Psychoanalytic theory informs an understanding of sociocultural context in psychotherapy.
  3. Experiences of privilege and oppression contribute to complex, sometimes contradictory, cultural identifications, and challenging dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College, and in Independent Practice in Cambridge. Her research concerns immigration, race, gender, mental health, and cultural competence in psychotherapy practice. She has served on the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines in the 21st Century, and she is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy.


Approved for 3 CEs for Social Workers. LMHCs applied for.

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