Co-constructed Racial Realities:

African American Experience and Psychodynamic Understandings in Modern America

Instructor:  Carol Robinson, MEd, LPC, NCC

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Dates: Saturdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 2020

Time:  9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: At the Institute,  8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $120 + $60 Resource Fee

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 24.0 Credit Hours

This course will provide information on the definition and historical underpinnings of Anti-blackness in American culture. We will use psychoanalytic writings as well as additional sources to explore and discuss the ways in which psychodynamic/psychoanalytic thought conceptualizes racial minority mental health in general and work with African Americans in particular. Participants will have opportunities to explore their own ways of understanding and interacting with African American individuals through introspective journaling and case presentations.

This course is aimed to help participants get more comfortable being uncomfortable and will be a supported dive into our co-constructed racial realities.

This course is for:

  • Counselors
  • Educators and School Administrators
  • Therapists
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Social Workers
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Academics
  • Early Education and Care Professionals
  • Public Servants
  • Nonprofit Agency Employees
  • Anyone – especially those who feel drawn to this topic and this work

Course objectives:

This course is designed to help you:

  • Demonstrate awareness of medical, legal, and historic underpinnings of anti-blackness in the United States.
  • Discuss several theories of racial identity development
  • Identify potential impacts of historical trauma related to anti-blackness on individuals and clients
  • Critique the history of psychotherapeutic thought regarding race and mental health
  • Examine the nature and impact of internalized anti-black world views in their own lives
  • Create space in which race can be constructively discussed
  • Utilize self-awareness skills helpful in discussions of race
  • Assess and address anti-black counter-transference
  • Identify the implications of race in transference with clients of color

Course Level:  Introductory

Carol Robinson is the Chair of the St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Doctoral Candidate/Researcher at UMSL, and a former Research Fellow at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.

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