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When: December 8, 2019
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Where: St John's University - Manhattan
101 Astor Place
New York, New York  10003
United States
Contact: New York State Psychological Association

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The Division of Psychoanalysis of the New York State Psychological Association
Co-sponsored by
The Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs at St. John's University
Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
"Working Across Racial Lines"
Psychoanalytic Division of NYSPA
Presents Warren Spielberg, PhD and Kirkland Vaughans, PhD

Sunday December 8, 2019, 1-5 pm


St. John's University - Manhattan

101 Astor Pl

New York, NY 10003



This workshop, both didactic and interactional in nature, is designed for early career psychotherapists as well as more senior clinicians who wish to expand their knowledge and skill base in the psychodynamic treatment of African Americans and other persons of color. This presentation will include an interactional exercise designed to have participants contribute to the group's learning process.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify unrealized personal racial attitudes that can negatively impact their clinical treatment of this population.
2. Participants will learn to appreciate the inevitability of the racialized transference/countertransference matrix in mixed racial dyads.
3. Participants will be able to identify at least two examples of how structural racism within the educational and juvenile justice systems negatively impact African American girls and boys.

WARREN SPIELBERG , PhD., Fulbright Scholar, psychologist, psychoanalyst is an Associate Teaching Professor at the New School for Public Engagement. In addition he is a visiting teaching fellow at the Child Institute at Al Quds University on the West Bank and a visiting faculty member at the William Alanson White Institute CATP. He is Co-Editor of “The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents- Two Volumes”, Praeger 2015 . He is an acknowledged authority on the problems of boys and men and is a member of the American Psychological (APA) Task Force on treatment guidelines for boys and men. He is the recipient of the Practitioner of the Year Citation by the APA for his work with the FDNY post 9/11. Dr. Spielberg consults on issues relating to boys and men and conflict resolution worldwide. His consultative work has included UNICEF, Peace Now, UFT and most recently the NYC Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative and the Obama Foundation. He maintains a private practice in Brooklyn Heights, where he works with children, families and adults. His website is

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor with Warren Spielberg of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. He is a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and Director of the Derner Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, where he also serves as the Director of the Derner/Hempstead Child Clinic. He is also a visiting faculty member and Honorary Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). In addition, he holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a retired school psychologist and the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers for Child Mental Health of Brooklyn. He is an active member of the Research Council of the New York City Young Men’s Initiative and the chairman of the board for The Harlem Family Institute: a Multicultural Psychoanalytic Training Institute.

 Conference Flyer

Light Refreshments will be served.

Registration Fees:

NYSPA Psychoanalysis Division Members - Free

NYSPA Members - $40. ($20 of the registration fee can be applied to 2020 membership in the Psychoanalysis Division)

Non-NYSPA Members - $60.

Early Career Psychologists and Students - Free

Members of Co-sponsorship, NYSPA's Division of Women's Issues and Suffolk institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis - Free

CE credits for Psychologist:  "This program is sponsored by St. John's University Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs. St. John's University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Registrants will need to pay in person by check.  $15 payable to St. John's University.

CE credits for Social Workers: The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0133.  Registrants will need to pay in person by check.  $15 payable to Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.


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