Resilience and Vulnerability: Black Family Members Managing Racism – Considerations in Psychotherapy

Weekend Conference October 1-3, 2021 will be distance learning via Zoom videoconference platform


Program Date(s):

October 1, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Weekend Overview

This IPI weekend with our distinguished guests Dr. Greene and Dr. Vaughans will address issues of resilience and vulnerability in Black family members managing racism to enhance the effectiveness of the clinical encounter.  We will provide clinicians a deeper understanding of transgenerational forms of racism that are often overlooked to the detriment of the Black patient.  Participants will learn psychodynamic tools for exploring the process of racial socialization and racial identity development. The lectures and interactive discussion with the participants will include a focus upon the history of racism and contemporary manifestations of racism that Black family members and patients negotiate.  Transference and countertransference issues for therapists working with Black patients will be explored through clinical case presentations and small group discussions using IPI’s signature Group Affective Model.

The course will use lecture, large group discussion, small group/GAM group discussion, case presentation and discussion and informal discussion to achieve the course objectives.

Friday 10:00am – 6:10 pm EST

Saturday 9:45 am – 6:20pm EST

Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00pm EST

Detailed schedules and reading lists will be provided to registered attendees.

Beverley Greene, PhD, ABPP

Beverly Green, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University, and a practicing clinical psychologist in New York City. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology), a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey.Dr. Greene is the author of over one hundred scholarly publications of which twelve have received national awards for making significant and distinguished contributions to psychological literature. She is also the recipient of 40 national awards for distinguished contributions in scholarship, teaching and mentoring, leadership, service and advocacy in the form of longstanding pioneering professional contributions to the development of greater understandings of the intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation and social marginalization in psychotherapy and the development of multiple identity/intersectional paradigms.

Her groundbreaking theoretical formulations have forcefully advocated for the deepening of competencies in working toward the greater integration of psychological theory, research, practice and social justice and her work provides a public health framework for understanding and providing mental health services to many of society’s most marginalized members.

Kirkland Vaughans, PhD

dr Vaughans

Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. He is a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and Director of the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, where he also serves as the Director of the Derner/Hempstead Child Clinic. He is also a visiting faculty member and Honorary Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). Dr. Vaughans is a retired school psychologist and the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers for Child Mental Health of Brooklyn. He is an active member of the Research Council of the New York City Young Men’s Initiative, the chairman of the board for The Harlem Family Institute: a Multicultural Psychoanalytic Training Institute and a board member of the International Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Vaughans has been a guest presenter at a number of IPI Conferences including the October, 2020 weekend conference, Be Thoughtful and Act:Confronting Systemic Racism Inside and Outside Our Minds, the April, 2019 weekend conference, Slavery Embodied: The Psychological Consequences of its Legacy in Our Culture Today for Children of Color, the March, 2020 Master Speaker presentation, Shame in the Life of African-American Adolescent Boys, and a one-day conference for IPI Metro, Washington DC, Black Boys in the Eye of the Storm, February 18, 2017.


Schedule of Presentations

*Attendance at all sessions including Small Group Discussion is Mandatory to receive the CE/CME certificate

01 Oct
Looking Back to Move Forward: Managing Racial Battle Fatigue in Turbulent Times
with Small Group Discussion
Dr. Beverly Greene
01 Oct
Clinical Case Presentations
with Small Group Discussion
Discussant - Dr. Beverly Greene
02 Oct
Having the Talk. Walking the Walk:
Considerations for psychotherapy with transgenerational challenges for Black family members in the context of longstanding racism (with Small Group Discussion)
Dr. Beverly Greene and Dr. Kirkland Vaughans
02 Oct
Resilience as a function of healthy racial socialization in Black children and family members
with Small Group Discussion
Dr. Beverly Greene and Dr. Kirkland Vaughans
02 Oct
03 Oct
Breakout Groups: Understanding Racism
with Small Group Discussion
Discussant - Dr. Beverly Greene
03 Oct
Closing Dialogue
Integrating the weekend conference experience
Dr. Caroline Sehon and Dr. Beverly Greene

Educational Objectives

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Looking Back to Move Forward: Managing Racial Battle Fatigue in Turbulent Times

  • Explain two aspects of transgenerational racism which includes the process of racial socialization and racial identity development for black patients.
  • Discuss the intersections of racial and other marginalized identities in multiply marginalized persons.

Small Group

  • Discuss the impact of the trauma of transgenerational racism, the process of racial socialization and racial identity development for Black patients using the context of the small affective group.
  • List and discuss at least two of the complexities of marginalized identities.

Clinical Case Presentation

  • Identify two problematic countertransference reactions to discussions of race with patients.
  • List two ways of affirmatively exploring racial identities with Black patients.

Small Group

  • Identify 2 countertransference issues in working with Black patients.
  • Discuss the importance of working therapeutically to explore racial identities with Black patients.

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Having the Talk. Walking the Walk: Considerations for psychotherapy with transgenerational challenges for Black family members in the context of longstanding racism.

  • Discuss how “the talk” is one of many important tools that contribute to resilience in adaptive responses to racism in the form of police harassment and violence.
  • Explore the roles of different family members in the development of resilience among Black family members.

Small Group

  • Discuss “the talk” in Black families as an intergenerational tool of resilience.
  • Describe multiple psychological challenges to good mental health among Black family members who live in a context of heightened vulnerability to police harassment and violence.

Resilience as a function of healthy racial socialization in Black children and family members.

  • Identify gender coded messages given to Black children as they manage racism and understand the gender coded nature of racism.
  • Discuss the development of psychological resilience as a function of healthy racial socialization in parenting Black children.

Small Group

  • List 2 gender coded messages as presented by Dr. Greene and Dr. Vaughans given to Black children.
  • Discuss and identify the development and legacy of psychological resilience in Black families and children.


  • Discuss by way of clinical case material challenging professional experiences pertaining to psychodynamic dimensions of racism.
  • Discuss a range of challenging affects commonly experienced by clinicians working with Black patients.

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Breakout Groups: Understanding Racism

  • List and explain 2 ethical responses to Black patients managing racism in therapy.
  • Summarize 3 countertransference responses to Black patients managing racism.

Small Group

  • Discuss ethical ways of managing the therapist’s anxiety when the Black patient raises the issue of race or racism by employing the group affective learning process.
  • Discuss 3 ethical countertransference responses to Black patients.

Closing Dialogue

  • Summarize at least two transgenerational forms of racism and the concomitant stressors that accompany this.
  • Identify and discuss the impact of racial socialization and development including issues related to vulnerability and resilience.



Full Conference:

$497 up to 21 days in advance; $517 thereafter

*Full members: $359

*Associate members: $410

Full time students: $150

Saturday One Day (morning and afternoon): $150

Saturday Morning only: $45

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Continuing Education Credit Hours

Weekend Conference:

14.5 CE/CME credits – includes 2.5 ETHICS credits

Saturday One Day:

6 CE/CME credits

Saturday Morning only:

2.5 CE/CME credits

Program Chair

Karen Sherwood, LCSW-C and Anne Taylor LCSW

Karen Sherwood, LCSW-C, is in private practice in Gaithersburg, MD where she currently works via zoom during COVID with adolescents, adults, and couples in both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.  She is a graduate of the International Institute of Psychoanalysis Training (IIPT) and the Two-Year Core Program at IPI.  In addition, she completed three years in the Fellows Program and Couple Therapy seminars at IPI.  Karen is a graduate of the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Supervision program and provides clinical supervision. She is a Faculty Member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) National and a former co-chair of IPI DC-Metro where she remains on the Steering Committee.  Karen enjoys working with complex and diverse patients.


Anne Taylor, LCSW is a Psychoanalyst with a background in Nursing, Social Work, and Couples Therapy. She is trained in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Imago Couples Therapy. Anne is frequently a guest lecturer on issues related to psychotherapy and couples therapy at Universities in the Indianapolis area. An IPI faculty member since 2015, she was the chair of the International Psychotherapy Institute in Indianapolis from 2012-2015 and 2020-present. Anne has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years.

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Continuing Education Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychotherapy Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

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