Reflective Spaces | Material Places:
White Wishes and Community Mental Health
“If I’m honest, I have to admit that I want so badly for my clients [almost all of color] to know that I will advocate for them, even though I’m white. I want so badly to be like…I’m different, I’m not like all those other white people. But I can’t say that, I can’t not be white.” --anonymous.
To do sound clinical work, white practitioners in Community Mental Health must come to terms with the badness of whiteness that they bear, and at the same time go about the work of building authentic clinical relationships that can help—across differences of power, race, class, and culture. Maybe we are tired of hearing white clinicians talk about their work with people of color—but, as any of us working in CMH know, the majority of practitioners are white, and clients are overwhelmingly persons of color. Like it or not, we all have a stake in thinking together about these realities of our shared systems and history.
Stephanie King, a white woman and skilled therapist, will present clinical material and talk earnestly with us about her relationship with an 85 year old African American woman with whom she worked over the course of two years at Bayview Adult Day Health Center (an Access Institute internship site). As is the norm for RSMP events, all participants will share in a lively group discussion.
Stephanie King, Psy.D., is a graduate of the Wright Institute. She is also a recent graduate of Access Institute for Psychological Services where for the past two years she worked with seniors at the Bayview Adult Day Health Center. Recently Stephanie has transitioned into private practice as a psychological assistant.
The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), an International Psychoanalytic Association Society, was established in 1989 as a center for comparative psychoanalytic inquiry, research and training. PINC provides professionals from all mental health disciplines the opportunity to study the full scope of psychoanalytic theory and practice. For information regarding training or referral for analysis, call (415) 288-4050 or visit www.pincsf.org.
Access Institute for Psychological Services has helped thousands of adults, children, couples and families, for the past 10 years. Access provides therapy, medication consultation and psychological testing services at its Hayes Valley clinic, San Francisco public schools and at an adult day health center in Hunters Point. Through its psychoanalytically oriented training program, Access is also building a community of clinicians who are committed to community service.
This event is open to all community mental health providers, licensed mental health professionals, graduate students in training, as well as members of the lay public who have an interest in psychoanalytic psychology. This event is also open to and interested in people who are doing community work and do not know or use psychoanalytic thinking and in psychoanalytic practitioners who do not know much about community mental health.
For program related questions contact Mia Maturen at 415-494-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.