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Race in the Psychoanalytic Classroom 2022F
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Category: Courses

Race in the Psychoanalytic Classroom (911)
Instructor: Kate Leslie, MSW
Antoinette Calabria Visiting Lecturer in Psychoanalysis
Teaching Assistants: Elissa Baldwin Murphy, PhD; Christine Tronnier, PhD;
Kris Evans, MSSW; and Heather Craige, MSW

Description:  Using a relational approach to learning, the class will work together to discover ways to teach about race and intersectional identities in the psychoanalytic classroom. Students will be expected to read and synthesize assigned articles and videos, and to participate in classroom discussions. Sharing of experiences with race, and intersectional identities in the classroom and in life by both instructors and participants will be encouraged. This course is for those who are actively teaching or who aspire to teach in a psychoanalytic post-graduate training program. Small break-out groups will provide time for participants to reflect on their teaching about race, including, for example, their own experiences with power dynamics, whiteness, privilege, the Eurocentrism of psychoanalysis, and repairing micro-aggressions in the classroom. By the end of the course, participants will be more comfortable expanding psychoanalytic teaching to include a modern understanding of race and intersectional identities.

Target Audience:  This class will be limited to 20 students and is designed for students at an intermediate level.

Format:  This class will combine lecture, seminar, and small group formats. Students will be expected to read and synthesize course readings and materials and participate in classroom discussions. Sharing of clinical material by both instructors and participants will be encouraged.

About the Instructor:
Kate Leslie, MSW is originally from Atlanta, GA. She received her Honors Graduate BA in Modern Culture and Media (Semiotics) from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2001, where she focused on post-colonial literature and politics. After working in social services agencies for LGBTQ youth in Portland, Oregon for several years, Kate received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. Her training placements at Smith were in San Francisco, providing psychotherapy to HIV-positive clients and transgender youth. After graduation, she received a post-master’s training fellowship at the McAuley Institute at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, a psychiatric inpatient unit for adolescents, staffed with training analysts from the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Following her work at McAuley, Kate was instrumental in helping to start the Masonic Center for Youth and Families outpatient clinic, alongside Terrence Owens, PhD and Paul Williams, PhD, and with training from Mary Target, PhD. Her exposure to psychoanalysis in San Francisco sparked her interest in neo-Kleinian theory and has led her to focus on how fractured mind-states interact with race and racism, homophobia, and transphobia. After moving to North Carolina with her family, she became acquainted with the PCC through Smith alumni while working at the Veritas Collaborative in Durham, NC. She is a member of the AAPCSW and is the Smith School for Social Work regional alumni representative for Colorado. Currently, she is in private practice in Boulder, CO.





Where: Via Zoom
When: Class meets monthly on Wednesdays evenings from October 2022—May 2023 on the following dates:
October 12, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 19, May 3.

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time
CME Credits: 16 / CE Credits: 16 / NBCC: 16 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance




Prerequisite: This class is designed for those who are actively teaching or who aspire to teach in a psychoanalytic post-graduate training program. Current or former PCC students, in either psychotherapy or psychoanalysis tracks, who have completed the Core Curriculum are welcome. Priority will be given to PCC members until September 1, 2022; at that time, the course will be opened to similarly qualified others with the permission of the instructor.

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs. Students must complete the course assignments to receive training program credit.

Continuing Education Credit: At the end of the course, participants must complete the evaluation form to receive continuing education credits. The instructors have signed a financial disclosure form and have no commercial support that presents a conflict of interest.

Course Syllabus: Race in the Psychoanalytic Classroom Syllabus

Registration and Tuition Deadline is September 30.
$25 Registration Fee is due at the time of application.

Tuition: Tuition: $315.  
Free tuition for active PCC faculty, study group leaders, and PCC students and graduates who have completed the core curriculum and aspire to teach with the PCC (see Categories 1, 2 and 3 below).

Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

This course is for those who are actively teaching in a psychoanalytic post-graduate training program, or who aspire to teach. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Priority will be given to applicants in the following order:

  1. Active PCC faculty, defined as those who have taught during the past three years or are scheduled to teach during 2022-2023.
  2. Current PCC Study Group facilitators.
  3. PCC students and graduates who have completed the core curriculum and aspire to teach with the PCC.

PCC members will be notified that they are in the course on September 1, 2022, based on the priorities given above. If the course is not fully enrolled by September 1, 2022, it will be opened to non-PCC members who are actively teaching in a psychoanalytic program, at the discretion of the instructor.
If more than 20 PCC members apply to participate, a waiting list will be established. Please note, that the PCC study group on Psychoanalysis and Race is open to new members.

Course Cancellation Policy






Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be able to:

  1. Apply a critical, postmodern, sociological method of inquiry to race, racism, and psychoanalysis.
  2. Analyze social identities and positions.
  3. Discuss capitalism and its relationship to racism.
  4. Analyze power and privilege in social relations, both in terms of intra- and inter-group, including the therapeutic relationship.
  5. Apply Kleinian, Lacanian, and relational concepts to discussions of intersectional identities.
  6. Utilize diversity and difference in clinical practice and in teaching using psychoanalytic concepts.
  7. Increase skill in teaching about and across differences.
  8. Increase capacity to tolerate the complex feelings that often accompany discussions of race and intersectionality.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of how to attend to intersectional identities in clinical practice and in teaching.
  10. Discuss and demonstrate teaching techniques that promote openness and possibilities of connection.

CE & CME 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 provider ship of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. 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 16 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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