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Early Career Mini-Meeting: “How the World Will Treat You”: The Black Mother’s “Talk” and a Lifetime of Worry.

  • 13 Mar 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • via Zoom
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The Early Career Committee of the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology is pleased to host an Early Career Mini-Meeting:

How the World Will Treat You”: The Black Mother’s “Talk” and a Lifetime of Worry.

Maria Elena Oliva, LCSW, Ph.D. Candidate

Saturday, March, 13, 2021

11:00am - 12:30pm

Being a protective Black mother isn’t a parenting choice – it’s the only choice. Clinically, strength and resilience may mask anxiety and chronic stress. Depression and constant states of fear are the price Black moms pay in a lifetime of worry for their children. The talk is not just a “talk”; it is a series of conversations that can last a lifetime (Greene, 2020). We will discuss how Black parents address those concerns; the psychological impact these concerns have on the Black family; and what we as clinicians need to be attentive to. The goal in this meeting is to open up an important dialogue about these issues.

Maria Elena Oliva is a licensed clinical social worker and a doctoral candidate from Smith College School of Social Work.  Currently the Director of Social Work at the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, CT Maria oversees the social work department and provides leadership in Dialogues on challenging and difficult conversations on race, power, privilege and experiences of inequities on many levels in the hopes of improving the workplace environment.

Maria is interested in increasing awareness of the disparities that continue to exist in the mental health system for Black and Latina women that add to the struggle of invisibility and silence. 

This meeting is designed for the Early Career and Student Membership of CSPP and is free of charge.


  A link to this Zoom meeting will be sent to all registrants.

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