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Across Racial Lines: Avoiding the Unspoken Truth in the Clinical Consulting Room

posted Dec 10, 2020, 2:25 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Dec 16, 2020, 8:11 AM ]
Evening Speaker Series
Across Racial Lines:
Avoiding the Unspoken Truth in the Clinical Consulting Room
Presented by Felecia Powell-Williams, EdD, LPC, RPT-S
Thursday, January 7, 2021
7:30PM – 9:00PM CST

Zoom Presentation
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

CME/CEU (1.5 hrs.) Fees
Active & Student Members: Free
Friend Members: $20
Non-Members: $20

The current iteration of the civil rights movement again reminds us of longstanding racial biases and systemic racism in this country. These issues surface not only in our communities, but also in our clinical consulting rooms. This beginning to advanced-level presentation will examine the threads of race and diversity in the psychoanalytic encounter, especially when the clinician and patient have different racial identities. While racial biases occasionally surface directly in the form of microaggressions, the biases more often appear in disguised form, if spoken at all. These unacknowledged or even unconscious attitudes are ripe for reenactments. Clinical illustrations will show how they affect the most basic components of fantasy, associations, transference, and countertransference in the psychoanalytic process. 

  1. Identify how race and diversity are introduced into the consulting room.
  2. Identify two major dynamics that may lead to resistance in exploring race and diversity in the clinical setting.

Dr. Felecia Powell-Williams, is a Licensed Professional Counselor –Supervisor. She completed her doctorate degree in Clinical Counseling. In addition, Dr. Powell-Williams is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, Texas, where she also holds the positions of President of Board of Directors and faculty member in the Child and Adult Training Programs. Felecia provides clinical supervision for the State of Texas licensing board, as well as supervision as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy. Along with maintaining a private practice, Felecia teaches on a collegiate level, and provides clinical consultation and professional training with many local, state and national organizations on recognizing the need of mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and families.
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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, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. 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 1.5 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.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.