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CF 661: Diversity, Race, Gender & Sexual Orientation

Ph.D. Program: spring 2012-13


Michael Casali, PhD


Course Description and Goals

This course presents issues of race, gender and sexuality as addressed in the psychotherapeutic/psychoanalytic context and examined from the relational and intersubjective theoretical perspectives.  This course has four primary goals: 1) to locate the clinician and client within a greater historic and socio-cultural context; 2) to stimulate awareness of difference and its role within the relationship between the therapist and the client; 3) to encourage the breaking of difference-based barriers to effective psychotherapeutic treatment through awareness; and 4) to understand multiple frameworks for thinking about difference.


Course Requirements

Your performance in this class will be evaluated based on the following:

 Assignment                                                          Final  Grade

1.  Attendance and participation                                   25%

2.  Weekly reading summaries                                       25%

3.  Presentation                                                                   25%

4.  Final Paper                                                                     25%


Required Texts

  • Moodley R. and Palmer, S. (Eds.) (2006). Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice. New York:  Routledge.
  • Fairfield, S, Layton, L. and Stack, C. (Eds.) (2002). Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis.  New York, NY:  Other Press.

All other articles are available on the PEP archive, have been scanned and placed on the ICSW web site, or will be provided by the instructor electronically or in hard copy.


Weekly Course Schedule

Class 1 – January 26

Moodley, R. and Palmer, S. (2006). Race, culture and other multiple constructions:  an absent presence in psychotherapy.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 11-25). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 1 **

 

Aron, L. (1991).  The patient’s experience of the analyst’s subjectivity. In L. Aron & A. Harris (Eds.), Relational Psychoanalysis:  The Emergence of a Tradition (pp. 243-268).  Hillsdale, NY:  The Analytic Press. [Available on PEP Archive as cited in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 1(1), 29-51]

** PEP **

 

Altman, N. (1995).  Race, culture, and social class.  In The Analyst in the Inner City (pp. 74-118).  Hillsdale, NJ:  The Analytic Press.

** Scanned copy is on ICSW.edu **

Class 2 – February 9

Holmes, D.E. (2006).  Racial transference reactions in psychoanalytic treatment: An update.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 61-73). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 5 **

 

Yi, K. Y. (2006).  Transference and race:  An intersubjective conceptualization.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 74-88). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 6 **

 

Tang, N.M. and Gardner, J. (2006).  Interpretation of race in the transference:  perspectives of similarity and difference in the patient/therapist dyad.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 89-99). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 7 **

Class 3 – February 23

Layton, L. (2006). Racial identities, racial enactments, and normative unconscious processes.  Psychoanalytic Quarterly, vol. 75(1), pp. 237-270. [Available on PEP Archive as cited]

** PEP **

 

Leary, K. (1997).  Race, self-disclosure, and “forbidden talk”:  Race and ethnicity in contemporary psychoanalytic practice.  In L. Aron & A. Harris (Eds.), Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 2:  Innovation and Expansion (pp. 417-440).  Hillsdale, NY:  The Analytic Press. [Available on PEP Archive, as cited in Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 1997, vol. 66, p. 163]

** PEP **

 

Eng. D.L. and Han, S. (2002).  A dialogue on racial melancholia. In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (pp. 233-267).  New York, NY:  Other Press. [Also available on PEP Archive, as cited in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2000; Vol 10(4), p. 667]

** Fairfield, Chapter 7 **

 

Keval, N. (2006).  Understanding unbearable anxieties: The retreat into racism.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 150-159). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 12 **

 

Tan, R. (2006).  Racism and similarity: Paranoid-schizoid structures revisited.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 119-129). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 9 **

Class 4 – March 9

Altman, N. (2006).  Black and white thinking:  A psychoanalyst reconsiders race.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 139-149). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 11 **

 

Thomas, B. (2008).  Seeing and being seen:  Courage and the therapist in cross-racial treatmentPsychoanalytic Social Work 15(1) (pp. 60-68).

** PDF Handout **

 

McIntosh, P. (1988).  White privilege:  Unpacking the invisible knapsack. http://www.nymbp.org/reference/WhitePrivilege.pdf

** Online **

 

Boykin, K. (2005).  A thousand different meanings.  In Beyond the Down Low:  Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America (pp. 1-21).  New York:  Carroll & Graf Publishers.

** Scanned copy is on ICSW.edu **

Class 5 – March 23

Layton, L. (2002).  Cultural hierarchies, splitting, and the heterosexist unconscious. In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (pp. 195-223).  New York:  Other Press.

** Fairfield, Chapter 6 **

 

Leary, K. (2002). Response to Layton. In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (pp. 225-231).  New York:  Other Press.

** Fairfield, Chapter 6a **
 

 

Burch, B. (1998). Lesbian Sexuality/Female Sexuality: Searching for Sexual Subjectivity. Psychoanalytic Review, 85(3), 349-372. [Available on PEP Archive as cited]

PEP

 

Harris, A. (1991).  Gender as contradiction. In L. Aron & A. Harris (Eds.), Relational Psychoanalysis:  The Emergence of a Tradition (pp. 305-335).  Hillsdale, NY:  The Analytic Press.  [READ ONLY Pages 322 to end, including Afterword].[Available on PEP Archive, cited in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol 1(2), pp 197-225]

PEP

Class 6 – April 6

Dimen, M. (2001).  Perversion is us?  Eight notes.  In L. Aron & A. Harris (Eds.), Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 2:  Innovation and Expansion (pp. 377-415).  Hillsdale, NY:  The Analytic Press.  [Available on PEP Archive as cited in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, January 1, 2001, Vol. 11, Issue 6]

** PEP **

 

Bronski, M. (2002). Doctor Fell.  In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (pp. 279-294).  New York, NY:  Other Press.

Dimen, M. (2002).  The Disturbance of sex:  A letter to Michael Bronski.  In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (295-308).  New York, NY:  Other Press.

Bronski, M. (2002).  Sex, death, and the limits of irony:  A reply to Muriel Dimen.  In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (pp. 309-323).  New York, NY:  Other Press.

** Fairfield, Chapters 8, 8a and 8b **

Class 7 – April 20

Strenger, C. (2005).  Finding ethnic identity and a place in western society.  In The designed Self:  Psychoanalysis & Contemporary Identities (pp. 99-126).  Hillsdale, NJ:  The Analytic Press.

** Scanned copy is on ICSW.edu **

 

Lijtmaer, R.M. (Black, white, Hispanic and both:  Issues in biracial identity and its effects in the transference-countertransference.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 130-138). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 10**

 

Mishne, J. (2006).  Cultural identity and spirituality in psychotherapy.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 217-227). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 17 **

 

Stack, C. (2002). (Ir)reconcilable differences: A postmodern relational approach to a clinical case of alleged satanic ritual abuse.  In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (pp. 33-67).  New York, NY:  Other Press.

** Fairfield, Chapter 3 **

Class 8 – May 4

Dalal, F. (2006).  Culturalism in multicultural psychotherapy.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 36-45). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 3 **

 

Hoffman, I.Z. (2002).  In S. Fairfield, L. Layton & C. Stack (Eds.), Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (pp. 33-67).  New York, NY:  Other Press.

** Fairfield, Chapter 1 **
 

Christopher, J.C. and Smith, A.J. (2006).  A hermeneutic approach to culture and psychotherapy.  In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 265-280). New York:  Routledge.

** Moodley, Chapter 21 **

 

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