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Clinical Conference: Anton Hart, PhD Opening Up Subjects of Difference

  • 02 Dec 2017
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Anton Hart, PhD 

Opening Up Subjects of Difference: 

Beyond Competence, Towards Authentic, Curious Co-participation

 December 2, 2017

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Lunch will follow for all attendees


Anton Hart, Ph.D. Anton H. Hart, PhD, FABP, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. A member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), he serves in APsaA’s Department of Psychoanalytic Education as the Chair of the Diversities Section. A Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, he supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt. Sinai/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety. He served as Associate Co-producer for the film, “Black Psychoanalysts Speak,” in which he was also featured. He is a Co-Founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis. He is writing a book, to be published by Routledge, entitled, Beyond Oaths or Codes: Toward Relational Psychoanalytic Ethics. He is in full-time private practice in New York City.


At the present moment, psychoanalytically oriented thinkers and practitioners are reminded that they engage in a strange, minority discipline in relation to the world outside. A recognition of this position of otherness could potentially enhance psychoanalysis’ ability to reach beyond its (relatively privileged) borders when it comes to thinking about and therapeutically engaging people who are diverse and who are “other.”  Yet psychoanalysis too often fails to self-reflectively consider on its own minority status, and its own tendency toward homogeneity and conformity. 

In order to penetrate the surface of such intractable things as prejudice and discrimination, a stance of curiosity and openness is required. This presentation will examine both the resistances to, and the necessity for, psychoanalytic engagement—and prioritization—of issues of otherness, difference and diversity. Some of the root anxieties associated with genuine, curious, diversity-related dialogue are identified. 

Proceeding from a hermeneutic-psychoanalytic orientation, the presenter argues for cultivating—in ourselves and in our patients, supervisees and students—a stance of curiosity and “radical openness” when it comes to matters of difference. He also emphasizes the noticing and learning from those moments where diversity-related communication—in the psychoanalytic classroom, supervisory, and clinical setting—seems to break down. Attention to such breakdowns is portrayed as key to facilitating dialogue that can help to heal the wounds of discrimination and sooth the anxieties that underlie discriminatory defense in the first place. This, in turn, may lead to a more diverse—and diversely applied—psychoanalysis.


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:30 Presentation

12:30  –  1:30  Lunch for All Attendees

Recommended Readings

Stoute, B., (2017). Race and Racism in Psychoanalytic Thought: Examining the ghosts in our nursery, The American Psychoanalyst, 51(1).

Holmes, D.E. (2017). The Fierce Urgency of Now: An Appeal to Organized Psychoanalysis to Publicly Take a Stand on Race, The American Psychoanalyst, 51(1).

Hart, A. (2017). "From Multicultural Competence to Radical Openness: A Psychoanalytic Engagement of Otherness," The American Psychoanalyst, 51(1). 

CLICK HERE to read all of the above readings. IF that link doesn't work, you can download a PDF by clicking HERE 

To Register and Pay

Register and pay online with your credit card or paypal.  

To pay by check, print and fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, 303 Mansfield St #1, New Haven, CT 06511 Mailed registrations must be postmarked by November 20 to qualify for early registration discount.

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Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, is contacted at Nir Yehudai no later than the Monday before the conference.


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will understand the contrast between competency-based and hermeneutic-based approaches to diversity in psychoanalysis.

2. Participants will be able to identify the relationship between analytic curiosity and “radical openness” in the clinical situation.

3. Participants with acquire an understanding of the “necessary losses,” for both participants, inherent in the psychoanalytic dialog.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

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