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Christopher Christian: Race and Culture in Psychoanalysis: Promising Beginnings and Unfinished Business

  • 10 Sep 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Christopher Christian, Ph.D.

Race and Culture in Psychoanalysis:

Promising Beginnings and Unfinished Business

Zoom Conference

Saturday September 10, 2022

Presented by

The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology 

Art: Frank Espada, Untitled (Three boys, Sheldon Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut), 1981, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, 2015.22.15, © 1981, Frank Espada Photography

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    11am - 1 pm

On Zoom

2 CECs (Division 39)

2 CECs (NASW - fulfills the annual cultural-competancy requirement)

begins 10:45

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event.

The Talk  

In this talk, Dr. Christian will discuss the history of the so-called culturalists in American Psychoanalysis, and describe how the early movement of cultural psychoanalysis dwindled. He will discuss the lingering estrangement between psychoanalysis, particularly ego psychology, and cultural issues in the United States. Dr. Christian will illustrate a psychoanalytic approach to work with cultural minorities by describing a case of a culture-bound syndrome known as ataque de nervios.  The talk will conclude by describing why it is a propitious moment to take up cultural issues in psychoanalysis, and illustrate how we might resume the unfinished work of Heinz Hartmann.  


His website is at:

The Speaker

Christopher Christian, Ph.D. is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Psychologya training analyst, and past Dean, at IPTAR. Author of:  Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (Routledge, 2019), with Patricia Gherovici; Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict (Routledge, 2017) with Morris Eagle and David Wolitzky; and The Second Century of Psychoanalysis, (Routledge, 2011) with Michael J. Diamond. He is Faculty of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Christian supervises at the Yale Doctoral Internship Program, and has a private practice in New Haven, CT.

Conference Schedule

10:45 – 11:00 

Presentation 11:00 – 1:00  

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1. Understand the history of the early movement of cultural psychoanalysis in the United States.

2. Develop a deeper understanding of historical antecedents and current misconceptions that contribute(d) to the marginalization of Latinx populations from psychoanalysis.

Develop an understanding of a culture-bound syndrome, known as ataque de nervios. 


Christian, C., Reichbart, R., Moskowitz, M., Morillo, R. & Winograd, B. (2016) Psychoanalysis in El Barrio. PEP Video Grants 1:10

Gherovici, P. (2003). The Puerto Rican Syndrome. New York: The Other Press

Gherovici, P. and Christian, C. (2019). Psychoanalysis in the Barrio: Race, Class, and the Unconscious. London: Routledge


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

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education credits by Div. 39. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social workers can receive continuing education credit through NASW/CT. (NASW-  fulfills the annual cultural-competency requirement)

If continuing education credit is desired, please mark the appropriate box on the registration page, for our records. In addition,100% attendance and a completed evaluation form is required to receive CEC certificates. The evaluation form will be sent in the form of an online survey to all registrants within a few days after the event, and if you attend the full conference and return that you will be sent a certificate of attendance.

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Refunds will be given in full until the Monday before the conference. To receive a refund cancel your registration online by going to your profile in the upper right corner, select "My Event Registrations" click on the event, then click on "Cancel Reservation." Questions/problems, please contact the registrar, Christopher Greene, LCSW.

Scholarship registrants: if you need the registration code, contact Anne Dembinski, LCSW

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event.

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Please login to your profile, then click under your name at View Profile, to make any changes or additions, including changes of email addresses. If you have problems, contact Emily Sinclair, MA

CSPP Membership:  Membership is open to all mental health professionals ($85 annual dues); early career (less than 7 years since degree, $50 annual dues); retirees ($30 annual dues); and graduate students ($20 annual dues).  For further information on membership in CSPP please click here: CSPP 

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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