The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia

Anton H. Hart, Ph.D. "Starting with Ourselves: Addressing the Challenges of Diversity Through Openness and Curiosity Instead of Competence”

  • 2 Feb 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • William Way LGBT Community Center Ballroom 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107


"Starting with Ourselves: Addressing the Challenges of Diversity Through Openness and Curiosity Instead of Competence”

Co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE)

Anton H. Hart, PhD, FABP

(5 total CEs, 3 Ethics CEs)

This day-long workshop offers the opportunity to think and talk–with both familiar and unfamiliar colleagues–about issues of diversity and otherness, focusing on the cultivation of curiosity and openness within the therapeutic dyad.  We will consider the ways that increasingly open communication across the borders of difference can be facilitated, and the obstacles to such openness surmounted. The aspiration for the workshop is to free up dialogue concerning how we are different, particularly when such differences intersect with socially charged, historically laden forms of difference that involve prejudice and "othering," such as race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other important diversities. Aiming for such open dialogue, we can prepare ourselves for the emergence of difficult, anxiety-evoking, unsettling, awkward and possibly shame-inducing conversations. Sometimes, even, we should welcome these difficulties for the crucial opportunities they offer.

This workshop attempts to encourage participants to move toward such challenging conversations in their clinical work and in their professional relationships, and to​ risk unconventional forms of openness and inquiry. Through the presentation of a conceptual overview featuring a hermeneutic orientation to dialogue, followed by the presentation for discussion of case and video material where issues of diversity figure prominently, and through structured, dialogic experiential exercises, we will attempt to increase our tolerance for the challenges to our personal senses of knowing who our dialogic others are, and who we ourselves become, as we enter into conversation across the borders of human difference.


9:00-9:30am                     Registration/Coffee and Pastries

9:30am-12:30pm            Didactic Material, Case Presentation, and Video

12:30-1:30pm                  Lunch (provided and included in registration)

1:30-3:45pm                     Experiential Discussion Group

Learning Objectives

Program participants will be able to:

1) Develop an understanding of the universal anxieties associated with engaging in curious thought and dialogue about issues of diversity, difference and otherness.

2) Recognize the central role of curiosity as an antidote to cultural ignorance and insensitivity and be able to cultivate such curiosity in themselves and in their patients.

3) Recognize pitfalls and breakdowns that can occur in diversity-related explorations and find ways to use these in the service of the restoration of open dialogue and the enhancement of personal resilience. 

4) Implement a style of practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy that is aware of power dynamics and that emphasizes patients’ articulation of negative experience during the course of the psychotherapeutic process.

5) Identify and implement stances characterized by curiosity and “radical openness” in relation to patients’ and other types of dialogic partners’ experience.

6) Formulate diversity dialogue related questions that are inviting rather than demanding.

7) Articulate at least one way in which cultivating a stance of curiosity and radical openness contributes to ethical practice with culturally diverse clients


Davison, A. (2015). Hermeneutics and the question of transparency. Qualitative and Multi-Method Research: Newsletter of the American Political Science Association's QMMR Section, 13(1), 43-47.

Holmes, D. (2017). The fierce urgency of now: An appeal to organized psychoanalysis to take a strong stand on race. The American Psychoanalyst, 51(1), 1-9.

Stoute, B. J. (2017). Race and racism in psychoanalytic thought: Ghosts in our nursery. The American Psychoanalyst, 51(1), 10-29.

Registration Details

IRPP Members (except candidates)                          $60

Non-Member Professionals                                         $75

Graduate Students/Current IRPP candidates        $25

To register, please email Kyle Schultz at You will need to provide your full name, highest degree achieved, email address, phone number, work setting(s), and graduate school program (if you are a grad student). Participants are asked to either bring a check on the day of the workshop or mail your checks to: Kyle Schultz 1845 Walnut St, Suite 653, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Please make checks payable to "PCPE" with "IRPP" in the memo line. 

Anton H. Hart, PhD, FABP, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. A member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), he serves in APsaA’s Department of Psychoanalytic Education as the Chair of the Diversities Section. A Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, he supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt. Sinai/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety. He served as Associate Co-producer for the film, “Black Psychoanalysis Speak,” in which he was also featured. He is a Co-Founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis. He is writing a book, to be published by Routledge, entitled, Beyond Oaths or Codes: Toward Relational Psychoanalytic Ethics. He is in full-time private practice in New York City.


PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 5 continuing education credits, three of which are Ethics continuing education credits.  Participants must attend 100% of the program to receive credit.  Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since PCPE is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, there professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending programs sponsored by PCPE.


PCPE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  For more information about this program’s continuing education requirements, please contact Matthew Whitehead, PsyD at or 610-566-8357.

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