10/9/2021- Downed by Race

Anton Hart, PhD, FABP, FIPA; Dorothy Evans Holmes, PhD, ABPP, FABP; and Don Moss, MD

Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 9:00 am to 3:30 pm PST. Live Webinar.

Downed by Race

Many Mental Health Professionals have had little to no experience or training in determining how their own racial designation has “downed” them, leaving learners with the professional practice gap of being unable to resourcefully position themselves, and their own racial designation, in relation to the racial designations carried by their patients and society at large.

The three presenters have designed this program utilizing autobiographical accounts to discuss and analyze a forbidden and underdeveloped part of psychoanalytic work. Our panel brings decades of experience and writing to bear on issues of race and racism. Each of the three presenters carries a different racial designation, providing a wide range of experience onto which learners can map themselves.

This course will target all practicing analysts and therapists, since everyone has been the object of racial designations. Using autobiographical approaches, the presenters will model how an expanded knowledge about the impact of one’s racial designation necessarily increases the clinician’s capacities to address the impact of their patients’ racial designations. The three presenters bring decades of experience and writing to bear on issues of race and racism. Each of the three carries a different racial designation and therefore the session will provide a wide range onto which learners can map themselves.

The course, “Downed by Race”, will be divided into three parts. In Part 1, each speaker will present an autobiographical account of having been “downed by race”. They will discuss their own presentations, highlighting points of overlap and difference. In Part 2, participants will be divided and randomly assigned into three groups—chaired by Hart, Holmes and Moss. These groups, following the lead established by Part I, will focus on accounts of “race’s” impact, personally and professionally. In Part 3, all will reconvene to discuss and work on experiences from Parts I and 2.

The objectives of this course, are to teach the following:

  • Revise accepted views about the impact of racial designations on both themselves and their patients.
  • Analyze how racial designations impact psychic structure and function in patients and colleagues
  • List two major obstacles to engaging in open discussion of racial categorization and its impact.
  • Identify at least two impediments to identifying the personal impact of "being raced".

Anton Hart, PhD, FABP, FIPA,  is Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He presents and consults nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has published articles and book chapters on a variety of subjects including psychoanalytic safety and mutuality, issues of racial, sexual and other diversities, and psychoanalytic pedagogy. He is a member of the group, Black Psychoanalysts Speak and also Co-produced and was featured in the documentary film of the same name. He teaches at The Manhattan Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies National Training Program, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. He serves as Co-Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is in full-time private practice of psychoanalysis, individual and couple psychotherapy, psychotherapy supervision and consultation, and organizational consultation, in New York.

Dorothy Evans Holmes, PhD, is a Teaching, Training, and Supervising Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, Professor and PsyD Program Director Emerita at the George Washington University, and Teaching, Training and Supervising Analyst Emerita at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Holmes is widely recognized for her examination of the impact of race and gender on the psychoanalytic treatment process. Her most recent of many refereed journal articles include, “Our Country ‘tis of We and Them: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on our Fractured American Identity” (American Imago, 2019) and “Feminism revisited: A rejoinder to Arlene Kramer Richards’ examination of the impact of feminism on psychoanalysis” (International Journal of Controversial Discussions, 2020), and two papers on whiteness in the spring, 2021 issue of The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Holmes has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She continues to be involved in national psychoanalytic organization leadership, including that she currently serves as the eponymous Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is also a member, emeritus, of Black Psychoanalysts Speak. Dr. Holmes practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Bluffton, SC.


Don Moss

Don Moss, MD, Chair, Program Committee, APsaA. Founding Member, Green Gang, a group of scientists and analysts addressing the human relation to the natural world. 2021 Recipient of Haskell Noman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis. 2018 Elizabeth Young-Bruehl Prize from IPA for work against prejudice Author of six books, most recently (with Lynne Zeavin), "Hating, Abhorring and Wishing to Destroy: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Contemporary Moment, Routledge, 2021. 60+ articles, most recently "On Having Whiteness", JAPA, 69/2, 2021 Member and Faculty, NY Psychoanalytic Institute. Private Practice: 40+ years.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm PST. Live Webinar.
Zoom invite will be sent out a few days prior to the course date.

Location: Virtual format—Zoom
Contact Administrative Coordinator Sierra Wilson with any questions or concerns: sbrown@tpi-berkeley.org.

 Fee if Registration Completed: Early Bird by 8/16/21 After 8/16/21
TPI Members $210 $250
Nonmembers $250 $290
Prelicensed Students/Associates $195 $235

CE: 6 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. Attendees must participate in live sessions to receive CE's. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Registration and Course Policies).

This course has a 50 participant minimum requirement and a 65 maximum.

Registration Ends: 
Friday, October 8, 2021 - 5:00pm
$10 fee