An Interview with: C. Jama Adams, Ph.D., Janice O. Bennett, Ph.D., Anton H. Hart, Ph.D., Dorothy Evans Holmes, Ph.D., Annie Lee Jones, Ph.D., Dolores O. Morris, Ph.D., ABPP, Michael Moskowitz, Ph.D., Craig K. Polite, Ph.D., Richard Reichbart, Ph.D., Cheryl Thompson, Ph.D., Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D., Cleonie White, Ph.D. and Kathleen Pogue White, Ph.D.
This film comprises material from the IPTAR hosted Black Psychoanalysts Speak Conference
of 2012, and the IPTAR and The William Alanson White Institute hosted Black
Psychoanalysts Speak Conference in 2013, also hosted by the Clinical Psychology Department of the New School for Social Research (with the support of NYU Post Doctoral
Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis). The film features interviews of the eleven
Black psychoanalysts who participated in the conferences as well as two other
participants. The film is intended to raise awareness of the need for greater openness
and understanding of cultural and ethnic pressures in psychoanalytic training, in
transferential and countertransferential interactions, and in the recruitment of people
of coulour into psychoanalytic training.
These participants contend that psychoanalysis has a long history as a progressive
movement devoted to the common good. Psychoanalysis asks us to examine the processes of
self deception that perpetuate both individual unhappiness and social structures that
are inequitable and oppressive. Yet psychoanalytic education has for the most part
focused on training and treating the relatively privileged. The Black psychoanalysts
here examine this dilemma and engage in a vibrant and thought provoking discussion about
race, culture, class and the unrealized promise of psychoanalysis.
[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]