Addressing Racism and Exclusion in Psychoanalysis
Work in progress, August, 2020
We strive to be part of move toward an inclusive psychoanalysis, and see it as our responsibility to work to make changes toward this goal. We are committed to addressing racism and other forms of oppression and exclusion through a comprehensive approach, encompassing all aspects of the institute. This work is and will be ongoing. The following include actions taken so far.
Structure of our training:
For several years, we have worked to create programs to be relevant for those working in community settings. Aware that there are many such clinicians who would not be in a position, nor necessarily inclined to pursue full analytic training, we at first developed a one year “Foundations” program. We ran a version of that program three times, once with a specific focus on adolescence. Beginning in 2019, we restructured our entire training program to combine those who are interested in a psychotherapy training with those who want to continue on for full analytic training, as well as those interested in more focused and intensive work with children and their families. As Laurel Silber has articulated, bringing work with children from the margins to the center is in keeping with work to combat tendencies toward supremacy, disconnection, and prioritizing certain lives over others.
We have restructured the program in the following ways:
Process, in classes and discussions:
Community Engagement – outside IRPP
Mission of the institute – commitment to incorporating social and cultural elements and social and historical trauma more deeply into how we think about both training and clinical work, beginning to be reflected in text of our new website, fall 2018