3/16/2024: Liberation in Psychology

Debra Myers, MD, PsyD

Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.

Liberation in Psychology

Individuals engage in psychoanalysis motivated by dissatisfaction with life as they experience it. In psychoanalytic training, we spend much time preparing to understand family of origin, relationships, and developmental discontinuities. Too often, socio-cultural discontinuities do not receive significant emphasis as warranted. Her biography is analyzed using eclectic psychoanalytic theories to demonstrate the potential to use psychoanalysis in the service of personal liberation. Mentalization and Developmental and Attachment psychoanalytic theories may be used in an emancipatory effort by those currently oppressed or marginalized in our society when trained psychoanalysts are accessible. The history of anti-Black racism is relevant to the psychoanalysis of patients regardless of race. The 'Racial Battle Fatigue' concept will be described and applied to the analysis of Dr. Myers, a person of African descent.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe psychoanalytic defense mechanisms underlying racism.
  • Participants will be able to compare the concepts of Racial Battle Fatigue and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as descriptors for the experiences of minoritized individuals.
  • Participants will be able to apply Mentalization Theory to participants in psychotherapy.


Debra J. Myers, MD  (http://debramyersmd.com) is a graduate of Harvard Medical School in private practice in West Los Angeles. She trained in Internal Medicine at Stanford Medical Center and Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care at UCSF. While on the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine, she earned an MS in Biostatistics/Clinical Research Design from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her PsyD in Psychoanalysis is from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles where she teaches. She was recently elected to the board of The New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.
Zoom invite will be sent out a few days prior to the course date.

Location: Virtual format—Zoom

 Fee if Registration Completed: Early Bird by 02/15/24 after 02/15/24 after 03/04/24
TPI Members $65 $85 $110
Nonmembers $85 $105 $130
Prelicensed Students/Associates $45 $65 $90

CE: 3 Credits. $5 additional fee per CE credit (i.e. 3 CE credits is $15 total). 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 California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts continuing education credit granted by the California Psychological Association or by any of its Approved Providers. The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (see Registration and Course Policies).

Contact Administrative Coordinator with any questions or concerns: sbrown@tpi-berkeley.org.

Registration Closes: 
Friday, March 15, 2024 - 3:00pm
$5 fee per CE