The Sándor Ferenczi Center

Working Across the Racial Divide: A Workshop for Mental Health Providers


Working Across the Racial Divide: A Workshop for Mental Health Providers

with Warren E. Spielberg, Ph.D.,
Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D.,
and Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., MPA

Saturday, February 26, 2022
11:00 AM – 3:30 PM (with a 30 minute break)

Online via Zoom

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Professionals: $100
Young professionals: $60
CE credit add-on: $25
Students: $30
NSSR & NYU Postdoc students: Free 
(email with your student N# to reserve a spot; limited number of seats available)

CE Credits (4 hours) available for
New York Social Workers and MHCs
APA CE credits available for Psychologists

**NOTE FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Please confirm with your state licensing board that APA CE credits are accepted in your state. (Approval from the New York State Board of Education to provide CE credits to licensed Psychologists in New York is pending.)

For students and practitioners of all levels 

The purpose of this workshop is to help clinicians expand their capacity to work across racial, cultural and ethnic divides in order to enhance their effectiveness in the delivery of mental health services. In this workshop we will discuss how we approach working with individuals from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in cross racial dyads. We will also explore the challenges of working in diverse groups in various organizational formats. Through the use of exercises, didactic material, role play and case presentation the facilitators along with the workshop participants will develop a “mental space” for further intrapsychic, interpersonal and institutional exploration in the following locations.

The workshop will focus on:
1) Understanding Racial Trauma
2) Transference and Countertransference issues in working with diversity
3) Understanding the nature of transgenerational trauma in treatment
4) Understanding Racial Enactments
5) Understanding the impediments of people of color in attaining treatment.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the seminar:

  1. Participants will be able to examine, appreciate, and discuss the examined the anxieties pertaining to their own racial identity.
  2. Participants will be able to analyze and discuss racism from an individual, and institutional perspective.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and assess the inevitability of the racialized transference/countertransference matrix in a mixed racial therapy dyad.
  4. Participants will be able to recite and explain vital information pertaining to the health, mental health of adults and children of color.
  5. Participants will be able to discuss and assess the intergenerational transmission of trauma in the African American community and how this issue surfaces in treatment.

Warren Spielberg, Ph.D., is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, Fulbright Scholar, and an Associate Teaching Professor at the New School for Public Engagement. He is Co-Author 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 also the recipient of  a Practitioner of the Year Citation by the APA for his work with the FDNY post 9/11. He maintains a private practice in Brooklyn Heights, where he works with children, families and adults. Dr. Spielberg consults on issues relating to boys and men worldwide to such organizations as UNICEF, FDNY and the NYC Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative.

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Fellow (training and supervising Analyst) of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research {IPTAR}, Adjunct Professor in both the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Mitchell Center as well as Clinical Director of the Derner/Hempstead Child Clinic and Senior Adjunct Professor at the Derner Institute and former Director of the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He is a founding member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and serves on the boards of the Holmes Commission of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychotherapy Institute {IPI} and the Harlem Family Institute and was the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers for Children’s Mental Health of Brooklyn. He is the founding Editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-edited the volumes, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents and has published articles on generational trauma and the school to prison pipeline. In addition, he has presented at over 130 conferences and panels and maintains a private practice in New York City.

Kimberlyn Leary began her career as a clinical psychologist working as a practitioner to improve access to diverse communities. Her early work on negotiated transactions in psychotherapy expanded to broader research on negotiation, conflict transformation, and change management. She is an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is co-faculty director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s Research and Curriculum Program. Leary served as an adviser to the Obama White House from 2014-2016, working with the White House Council on Women and Girls to develop the Advancing Equity initiative (which focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color). Leary also served on the Biden-Harris transition as a member of the Agency Review Team for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and on an IPA with the Office of Management and Budget helping to implement the Executive Order on equity. She is a Senior Vice President at the Urban Institute.

Participants who wish to receive CE credits must attend the event (each seminar meeting) in its entirety; attendance will be recorded to track each participant’s entry and exit time.

Participants with physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to contact the CE committee members at least 2 weeks in advance of the event to plan for appropriate accommodations. Please contact us via phone or email:
Nichelle Horlacher (Department Secretary) T 212.229.5727 x3223 (Richelle Allen, Ph.D.) (Miriam Steele, Ph.D.) (Lisa Litt, Ph.D.)

Participants may also contact CE committee members with any concerns. You may also share concerns when you receive your evaluation form after the event.

Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours prior to the start of the event. Please email to cancel your ticket and request a refund.

The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department is approved by the American Psychological Association, the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work, and the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, licensed social workers, and licensed mental health counselors, respectively. The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Sponsors of this event report no conflicts of interest or commercial support.

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