Fri, Oct 6, 2017 to Fri, Oct 27, 2017
9:00 - 11:30 am
Regina Shields, Ph.D.
Diane Swirsky, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$350 General Public
$250 Full Members
$220 CMH Members
$200 Associate Members
$150 Student Members
$150 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
September 22, 2017

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Course Overview: 

This seminar will provide a close clinical examination of race and culture in contemporary psychoanalytic theory and treatment. Each week will focus on the themes of a pertinent theoretical paper, and case material will be discussed to illuminate technical considerations. Particular attention will be paid to the difficulty of speaking about race — working with the dissociation of racial states, the collapse of potential space, and the vulnerabilities and melancholia that emerge in treatment for both therapist and client when racial tensions are allowed to surface. While keeping the Eurocentric nature of psychoanalytic writing in mind, we will attempt to use our theories to ground us as we search for new ways of working with race and culture.

Course Objectives: 
  • Participants will be able to critique psychoanalytic theory from a socio-cultural perspective, particularly in relation to race.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the effects of implicit racism and bias on psychoanalytic treatment.
  • Participants will be able to describe ways in which race and culture are inextricable from internal psychological development.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the role of race in transference and countertransference enactments.
  • Participants will be able to explain how privilege, in regards to race and culture, is embedded in psychoanalytic theory and practice.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate an ability to integrate thinking about culture and race into psychoanalytic case formulation.
  • Participants will be able to critique psychoanalytic technique from a racially sensitive perspective.
Empirical Reference: 
Watkins, C. E. (2012). Race/Ethnicity in Short-Term and Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Treatment Research. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 29, 292-307.

Regina Shields, Ph.D, MFT, has taught and/or supervised at the Wright Institute, Access Institute, TPI, and Ann Martin’s Children’s Center. She has also presented at SFCP and TPI on clinical and theoretical issues pertaining to race and psychotherapy. Dr. Shields has a private practice in Oakland.

Diane Swirsky, Ph.D., is past president of NCSPP and has taught and trained therapists in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. She recently presented at both SFCP and TPI on the topic of race and culture in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Swirsky is a psychologist in private practice in Oakland.

Target Audience & Level: 
This course is for all clinicians with a basic foundation in psychoanalytic theory and technique.
Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Stephanie Chen at or 415-580-1779.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Stephanie Chen, Ph.D.
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi
Anna Zozulinsky, Ph.D.