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Scientific Program -- Usha Tummala-Narra 2022
Saturday, February 19, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Scientific Programs

"A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Intersecting Traumas Facing Racial Minorities"

with Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Program Description

The ongoing racial injustice in the United States and globally amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is another urgent reminder to engage with sociocultural context and trauma within psychoanalysis. This presentation focuses on the experience of sociocultural trauma, both collective and interpersonal, and intersecting traumas faced by racial minorities in the U.S. A psychoanalytic approach that decolonizes existing theories to engage with the experiences of survivors of intersecting sociocultural and interpersonal traumas is explored. Clinical illustrations will guide the translation of theoretical points to practice.

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When:  Saturday, February 19, 2022  
Where: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Eastern
Cost: $45, Free admission and CE/CME credits for PCC members, LDC staff & board, full-time students with ID and trainees in the departments of Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health Counseling.

CME credits: 2 / CE Credits: 2 / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance  

Needs based scholarships are available upon request. Contact the Programs Manager for details.

About the Presenter:  

Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Community-Based Education at the Danielsen Institute and Research Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. Most recently, until December 2021, she was Professor of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, and the Director of Training in the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. Her research and scholarship focus on immigration, trauma, race, and cultural competence and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her publications include over 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books. She is also in Independent Practice, and works primarily with survivors of trauma from diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

Dr. Tummala-Narra has served as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors in American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39, the chair of the APA Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee, and as a member of the APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Revising the Multicultural Guidelines. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology) and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race). Her recent awards include the Distinguished Contributions to the Understanding of Cultural Diversity Award and the Patricia Arredondo Diversity and Equity Speaker Series Award.

Dr. Tummala-Narra is an associate editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology, associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and senior psychotherapy editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. She serves on the editorial boards of the APA journals, Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychology of Men and Masculinities. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy, published by APA Books in 2016. Her edited book, Trauma and Racial Minority Immigrants: Turmoil, Uncertainty, and Resistance, was published by APA Books in January 2021.

(The presenter of this Scientific Program has signed a Financial Disclosure Form, and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.)

Leaning Objectives: By the end of the session, learners should be able to:

  1. Explain the impact of collective and interpersonal trauma on complex traumatic stress.
  2. Describe ways to address multiple layers of racial minority survivors’ traumatic stress rooted in racial trauma and within group marginalization.
  3. Describe how the therapeutic process is influenced by the therapists’ and clients’ histories of trauma and ongoing experiences of racial injustice in the current sociopolitical climate.
Continuing Education: This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians at an intermediate to advanced level. At the end of the Scientific Program,  participants must complete the Evaluation Form to receive continuing education credit.
Related Readings:
  1. Ainslie, R.C. (2017). Immigration, psychic dislocation, and the re-creation of community. Psychoanalytic Review, 104(6), 695-706.
  2. M. Akhtar, S. (2014). The mental pain of minorities. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 30(2), 136-153.
  3. Holmes, D.E. (2016). Culturally imposed trauma: The sleeping dog has awakened. Will psychoanalysis take heed? Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26(6), 641-654.
  4. Tummala-Narra, P. (2016). Psychoanalytic theory and cultural competence in psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
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CE & CME Information:

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social worker receive a letter of attendance documenting 2  hours of continuing education, which may not be accepted by all states to document continuing education credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021-

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