Sunday, January 26, 2014: BSPS Conference on the Racial Difference in Therapy with Carlotta G. Miles, M.D.

The Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies


Carlotta G. Miles, M.D.

Racial Difference in Therapy: The Effects of Racial Difference on the Transference & Counter-Transference in the Therapeutic Dyad

Sunday, January 26, 2014

 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Sign In and Registration
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Presentation
Sheppard Pratt Conference Center
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD21285


Program Description:  

                This paper will examine a common aspect of the therapeutic relationship, that of difference. Diversity among people is very common, and yet we have very few opportunities to examine the effects of difference as they apply to the intimate setting of therapy. For many years the acceptable psychoanalytic position was that attention to racial difference within the psychiatric situation was not allowed and that all patients were to be seen in a race-free, blank-screen, neutral way so as to focus clearly and solely on their mental conflicts and defenses without the “contamination” of reality-based identity factors. This, now largely past, position proved to be so limited that it impaired the psychiatric profession and crippled the psychotherapeutic environment, as well as attitudes of people of color toward treatment. People indeed are different and have different backgrounds, values and cultures.

This presentation will examine several different therapeutic dyads addressing difference in gender, race and culture. Excerpts from case materials will be included (confidentiality preserved) and explanations of dream interpretation when symbols such as the use of colors have unusual but significant meaning. Pre-existing factors which influence the counter-transference and the transference will be examined, so that therapists can better examine their own unanalyzed cultural and racial issues. Also, other cultural defense systems will be identified and examined, so that there is a different understanding of the need for defenses that are looked upon negatively in more uniform cultures and races. After the presentation, there will be a lively, interactive discussion period with Dr. Miles, with the hope that all questions can be discussed, enabling the attendees to leave with information that will be useful to them in all of their professional (and personal) settings.

This program meets the requirement for continuing education whose content area is cultural diversity, as dictated by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

More Information and Registration:  In order to register, please visit our website,, and fill out our online registration form.  Make checks payable to Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and mail to:  BSPS, PO Box 20910, Baltimore, MD 21209-0910. 

Program fees are non-refundable.

Pre-registration fees:

  • $35 BSPS and CFS members
  • $60 Non-members
  • $5 Full-time student members
  • $15 Full-time student non-members

*Pre-registration fees apply only if payment is received by 1/21/2014.

Registration received after 1/21/2014 or at the door: 

  • $45 BSPS and CFS members
  • $70 Non-members
  • $15 Full-time student members
  • $25 Full-time student non-members

Contact:  For additional information, please contact BSPS by phone: 410-665-3550 or email:

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