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SPSI Scientific Session: Diversity and Difference
Event Start Date: 4/16/2019 7:30 PM
Event End Date: 4/16/2019 9:00 PM

Diversity and Difference: Psychoanalytic Challenges and Opportunities in the Consulting Room and the Analytic Institute

Presented by the SPSI Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee will present a short video about Mark Solms, psychoanalyst and White South African who endeavored to address racial and economic inequality on the land his family possessed.  Solms grapples with the mismatch between his intentions to do good and the recognition that his efforts were experienced in a very different manner.

Using the video as a discussion point, attendees and committee members will together explore issues of power and privilege and how these are consciously and unconsciously inscribed in the relational and institutional field. The committee will facilitate an open dialogue to begin thinking together as a community about how we address these issues in the therapeutic dyad and within our analytic institutes.  References to recent psychoanalytic writings on race in the psychoanalytic field and institution will also help to contextualize our conversation.


SPSI Diversity Committee Members

  • Piyale Cömert, PhD, is a faculty member at SPSI. She is in private practice in Seattle and conducts therapy in Turkish and in English. She is the immediate past president of the SPSI board of directors.
  • Jacqui Metzger, LICSW, has a private practice in Seattle. She is a SPSI faculty member, chair of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and has a special interest working with adults with hearing loss.
  • Sandra Walker, MD, has a private practice in Seattle, consults with a number of community mental health agencies and volunteers her clinical services at Garfield High School.  She is a member of the SPSI faculty and a Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Babs Glover, MA, LMHC, is in private practice in Seattle.  She is a SPSI faculty member and current chair of the SPSI Curriculum Committee
  • John Cardinali, PsyD, is a training and consulting analyst at SPSI. He is in private practice in Seattle.
  • Susan Hawkins, JD, PsyD, is a 6th year clinical associate at SPSI. With a background in law and university mental health services, she maintains a diverse independent practice working with individuals and couples.
  • Sarah Matlock, LICSW, is a 3rd Year Clinical Associate at SPSI. She is in private practice and provides services in English and Spanish as well as supervision at Sea Mar Community Health Center.

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