WSPP: Dancing with the “Other”: Culture, Race and Psychoanalytic Therapy

This seminar meets the Maryland CE Cultural Competence requirement

September 28, 2012 12:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Cherian Verghese, PhD

Culture and race, as bedrock experience, are gaining recognition as central to all human interactions. In the United States, our history and continuing experience of painful race relations have complicated dialoguing across cultural/racial differences. Racialized differences have been historically experienced as dangerous. When and how these can be safely and meaningfully addressed in therapy is a complex clinical challenge. Only our own willingness as psychotherapists to face the existence of racism and other realities in our patients’ and our own lives – including our complicity in maintaining our “unearned privileges” – will enable us to engage our patients in potentially healing dialogues. So… join us: let’s have a clinical-relational dialogue across our differences.

Presenter: Dr. Cherian Verghese is a Psychologist in private practice in Washington DC for over 20 years. He is on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry (Supervision Training Program), and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis where previously he also was Coordinator of the Psychotherapy Training Program. In addition, Dr. Verghese is a clinical consultant and a training psychologist at several area university counseling centers, including at the American University and the University of Maryland -College Park. His paper “Culture as Context: Implications for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy” is scheduled to be published in an upcoming, Summer – 2012, issue of Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy. In 2005, Dr. Verghese founded the Washington DC based networking and dialoguing group SAMHA-South Asian Mental Health Association.

Registration: free to members, $40 for non-members.
CE’s: this seminar earns 3 CE’s for an additional cost of $10 (for members and non-members).

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Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

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