Upcoming Courses & Events
After months of careful consideration, NCSPP’s Board of Directors has decided to dedicate the 2021 - 2022 academic year to critically rethink our approach to creating and offering community programming. In order for our work to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive, we will pause the majority of our programming to take stock of how White supremacy and racism are built into the structures of the academic home we extend to our diverse community and how they cause harm. While our mission is to offer our membership and community thoughtful spaces for thinking and reflection, our organization has also been in need of a similar space for ourselves.
How can therapists work with autistic people, individuals with ADHD, and other neurodivergent communities in affirming ways? What is the potential for psychodynamic work with neurodivergent individuals? What biases persist and how can they lead to harmful formulations and interventions? This course will explore these and related questions, striving to introduce participants to neurodiversity-affirming work, to reckon with psychoanalysis’s history with respect to autism, and to dream together about the possibilities of analytic work in this area.
This class offers a history of the body in psychoanalytic inquiry, looks at foundational concepts such as Winnicott’s psyche-soma, Bick’s second skin, and Anzieu’s skin ego, and aims to move beyond our field’s Eurocentric biases. This class will expand its gaze to include a Buddhist perspective on oneness of self-and-other in the dyad; the potential reintegration of bodily experience carried through yet erased in immigration; and an awareness of racial difference, skin tone, and fixed gender binaries as they organize, constrain, or disrupt the clinical frame. It also includes conceptual integration and room for other topics of interest to the group.
This reading group creates space for clinicians in community mental health settings to think about working with clients managing issues that have risen over the past year, including but not limited to the impacts of COVID, war, political tumult, and racism, while processing these same problems for themselves. The therapeutic frame is conceptualized by parameters of space and location (i.e., the office), but what if these include changes in the sociopolitical frame? Participants will review articles and reflections on the aforementioned topics to discuss.