Where psyche meets context: Engaging with sociocultural trauma and identity in psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Weekend Conference Sept 30-Oct 2, 2022 will be held online on our secure Zoom platform. Open to any mental health professional or mental health professional-in-training. Keynote speaker, Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD.


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Program Date(s):

September 30, 2022 - October 2, 2022

Weekend Overview

This conference will explore the intersection of sociocultural context and the psyche from a psychoanalytic perspective. Dr. Tummala-Narra will focus on sociocultural traumas, such as racism and xenophobia, and their impact on intrapsychic and interpersonal life, and the therapeutic relationship. She will describe the influence of colonization on contemporary developmental theory and propose a culturally informed, decolonizing approach to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Additionally, she will explore the problem of separating the psyche and the social with regard to personality and how personality and social context, particularly manifested in discrimination and stereotyping, intersect and interact with each other. Case illustrations will serve to translate culturally informed psychoanalytic theory to practice.

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.

General weekend schedule

Friday 9:40am – 6:10 pm US ET

Saturday 9:45am – 6:15pm US ET

Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm US ET

Detailed schedules, reading lists, and educational objectives will be provided to registered participants.

Usha Tummala-Narra Ph.D.

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Community-Based Education at the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute and Research Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. Her research and scholarship focus on immigration, trauma, race, and culturally-informed psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her publications include over 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books. She is also in Independent Practice, and works primarily with survivors of trauma from diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

Dr. Tummala-Narra serves on the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality of the American Psychoanalytic Association and on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 (Society for Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race). She has served as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors in APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology), the chair of the APA Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee, and as a member of the APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Revising the Multicultural Guidelines. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of APA Division 39 and Division 45.

Dr. Tummala-Narra is an Associate Editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology, Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Senior Psychotherapy Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. She serves on the editorial boards of the APA journals, American Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Psychology of Men and Masculinities. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy (2016), and editor of Trauma and Racial Minority Immigrants: Turmoil, Uncertainty, and Resistance (2021), both published by the American Psychological Association Books.

Schedule of Presentations

30 Sep
Racism and the therapeutic relationship: A psychoanalytic perspective
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
01 Oct
Moving toward decolonizing psychoanalytic theory and practice
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
01 Oct
Approaching cultural competence from a psychoanalytic perspective
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
02 Oct
Is this a cultural thing?: Personality, culture, and context in the therapeutic encounter
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Educational Objectives

Detailed objectives are coming soon



Registration options:

  • 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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Tuition and Fees

See costs above

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training: https://theipi.org/scholarships/

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Weekend Conference:

14.5 CE/CME credits

Saturday One Day:

6 CE/CME credits

Saturday Morning only:

2.5 CE/CME credits

Program Chairs

Andi Pilecki Eliza-Christie MS, LPC

Colleen Sandor, PhD

Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

IPI Administrative team - contactus@theipi.org

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.