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Intervention Strategies for Addressing Collective Trauma: Healing Communities Ravaged by Racial Strife, Presented by Ricardo Ainslie, PhD

posted Sep 2, 2020, 1:36 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Evening Speaker Series
Intervention Strategies for Addressing Collective Trauma: Healing Communities Ravaged by Racial Strife
Presented by Ricardo Ainslie, PhD
Thursday, September 10, 2020
7:30PM – 9:00PM CST

Zoom Presentation
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation
Registration Deadline: September 7, 2020

Registration Fees
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

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

This intermediate-level presentation describes an ethnographic research project and three interrelated, psychoanalytically informed interventions conducted in Hempstead, Texas, where conflict-laden residues of the Jim Crow era had continued to affect race relations. The project drew from psychoanalytic notions of the relation between trauma and memory, as well as the importance of “giving voice” and representation as essential elements of a healing process for both individual and collective traumatic experience.

The first intervention (the creation of a space within which Jim Crow– and Civil Rights–era narratives could be spoken and explored) and the second intervention (the creation of a documentary film) were closely linked because they were part of a process in which interviews gave testimony about a decisive, transformational experience. The third intervention created a public event where that which had been denied and excommunicated from the dominant narrative of the community’s educational history could be “spoken.”

  1. Describe the use of psychoanalytic concepts beyond the consulting room in community settings.
  2. Give 2 examples of psychoanalytically-informed interventions in community settings.
  3. Explain the concept of Psychoanalytic Ethnography.

Ricardo Ainslie, PhD holds the M.K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching in the department of Educational Psychology. He is also the director of the LLILAS-Benson Mexico Center. In addition, he has a private practice in Austin. He was an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies from 1994 to 2011, and founding member and past president of Austin Psychoanalytic. In books, articles, and documentary films, his work ranges from clinical topics to the application of psychoanalytic ideas to socio-cultural issues. Dr. Ainslie has presented his work widely and received numerous awards, including Texas Psychological Association's “Outstanding Contribution to Science Award” in 2002, the American Psychoanalytic Association's “Outstanding Contribution to Psychoanalytic Education Award” in 2004, and the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis Science Award in 2009. His books include No Dancin’ In Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change (1995), The Psychology of Twinship (1997), Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder in Jasper, Texas (2004), and The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico’s Drug War (2013).
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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 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.

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