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The Non-Facilitating Environment and Working Through: From Othering to Community

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom


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The Non-Facilitating Environment and Working Through:  From Othering to Community

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture (CSREC) of the Washington School of Psychiatry

CE continuing education - 3 credit hours

We and our patients are critically impacted by our culture and our historical narratives. Our psychotherapy theories have been shaped the same influences. Dr. Pieczanski will discuss abrupt termination of treatments due to political turmoil in her home country of Argentina and the clinician’s emigration.  The situation crossed the frontiers of what is and what is not possible to work through when confronted by internal and external turmoil and the real fear of death by both analyst and patient.  Clinical material of adolescents and adults will illustrate the multiple reactions and outcomes to the central issues of loss and mourning in these forced terminations. The program will address these questions by exploring clinical work through the lens of multiple socio-political environments as we think about what containment looks like in the twenty-first century.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able: 

  • to describe their awareness of personal reactions and the challenges that emerge in therapy within and across cultural identities 

  • to compare the expression of internal anxieties with the expression of reality based externally evoked anxieties within their patients 

  • to name two ways to personally or professionally challenge injustice/inequity in our community


10:00 a.m. Welcome.  The Mental Health Community in this Moment 

10:30 a.m. Presentation

11:25 a.m. BREAK

11:40 a.m. Small Group Discussion

12:30 a.m.  BREAK

12:45 - 1:30 Wrap up and Closing

Dr. Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski

Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski MD is a Child and Adult psychoanalyst, trained at the British Psychoanalytical Institute.  She is a training and supervising analyst of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.  She has been an active member of the Washington School of Psychiatry for thirty years.  She is the founding Chair of the “Observational Studies Program: seeing the Unseen in Clinical Practice” at the Washington School of Psychiatry and is the scientific adviser of the Infant Observation Program in “Mind in Mind”, Beijing, China. (WSP Partners)

She has written and published papers on Child, Adolescent and Adult analysis and is the co-editor with Alberto Pieczanski MD of “The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America” New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge, U.K.

About the Presenter: Dr. Ron Hopson, PhD

Dr. Ronald E. Hopson holds a joint appointment at Howard University in the department of Psychology, and in the School of Divinity. He teaches courses on Psychopathology, the Philosophy of Science, Psychotherapy, the Psychology of Religion, and Pastoral Care. He is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ, and a licensed clinical psychologist in the District of Columbia. He has done community building work in England, South Africa and the U.S. through his affiliation with M. Scott Peck and the Foundation for Community Encouragement. He has published in the areas of Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse and Drug Addiction, Christian Fundamentalism in the U.S., and Pastoral Care. His most current work is in the area of Sexuality and the Black Church and the psychological implications of Christian atonement theology.  

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