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CFDL 661: Psychodynamic Approaches to Difference

Ph.D. Program - Distance Learning: spring 2012-13


Gabriel Ruiz, MA, LCPC

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  • gruiz@icsw.edu
  • Class Meeting Time:  Scheduled Tuesdays, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • On-site dates: Scheduled Sundays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Class Meeting Dates:  January 27th (on-site) February 5th and 19th, March 5th and 24th (on-site), April 2nd and 16th.

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
  4. to understand multiple frameworks for thinking about difference

Course Requirements

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

  • 25% of grade:  Attendance and participation in class.
  • 25% of grade:  One case discussion presentation based on the readings for the class.
  • 50 % of grade:  One final paper 12-15 pages in length responding to the question: “How do you understand the place or significance of difference in clinical work?”  This is a theoretical paper not a case presentation though you may refer to specific clinical work for illustrative purposes.  You may select any area of difference that has been covered in the course of the class.  Use a minimum of six readings.  Please follow APA guidelines in formatting your paper.
  1. This paper is due on April 2nd.
  2. Late papers will not be accepted.

Required Texts:

  1. Moodley R. and Palmer, S. (Eds.) (2006). Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice. New York:  Routledge.
  • Available on Amazon.com

  2. Fairfield, S, Layton, L. and Stack, C. (Eds.) (2002). Bringing the Plague:  Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis.  New York, NY:  Other    Press.

  • When looking on Amazon.com, please search only for the first three words in the title, Bringing the Plague.

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.


Course Outline

Class 1 – January 27th (On-site)

  • 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 5th

  • 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.)Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 74-88). New York:  Routledge. Moodley, Chapter 6
  • Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 89-99). New York:  Routledge. Moodley, Chapter 7
  • Olson, J. (1997).  Detour Spotting for White Anti-Racists. Hamburg, PA:  Cultural Bridges. PDF Handout

Class 3 – February 19th

  • 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
  • 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 5th

  • 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 treatment.  Psychoanalytic 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
  • Cohler, B.J. and Galatzer-Levy, R.M. (2000).  Perspectives on the study of sexual orientation.  In The Course of Gay and Lesbian Lives: Social and Psychoanalytic Perspectives (pp. 19-47).  The University of Chicago Press. [READ ONLY pages 24-30] Scanned copy is on ICSW.edu
  • Greene, B. (2006).  African-American lesbians and gay men in psychodynamic psychotherapies? In R. Moodley & S. Palmer (Eds.) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy:  Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (pp. 163-176). New York:  Routledge. Moodley, Chapter 13

Class 5 – March 24th (On-site)

  • 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

Class 6 – April 2nd

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. Fairfield, Chapters 8, 8a and 8b

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. Fairfield, Chapters 8, 8a and 8b

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 16th

** FINAL PAPER DUE **

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

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