Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Diversities 
(and Vice Versa) 


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*This course will begin virtually and may return to in-person learning later in the year. If so, you may continue to take the course virtually for the entire year if you prefer. 

Duane Dale, MD

10/6, 11/3, 12/1/21, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1/22

7:00 - 8:30 pm


Over the past several years, the psychoanalytic world has begun to pay much attention to the issues of diversity, racism, privilege, culture, and biases and their impact on clinical work. In this monthly seminar, readings will be selected that explore from various psychoanalytic perspectives the unconscious and conscious forces that make it difficult to achieve the kind of openness described in the quote below from Anton Hart’s paper, “Multicultural Competence to Radical Openness: A Psychoanalytic Engagement of Otherness.” Realizing that an openness to these issues can never be fully achieved, a goal for this seminar is to create an experience through the reading and discussions where our capacities for openness and recognition of the barriers to this can develop more. Discussion of clinical material of participants will be encouraged and of our challenges in recognizing and working clinically with issues of racism and diversity. A further goal is to think about how both diversity and psychoanalysis can enrich each other, even need, each other to continue to expand and grow.

 “The heart of the matter is learning how to become increasingly undefended around matters of diversity and otherness such that you can be open: open to the other person who will be, in some significant ways, most certainly different from you. A psychoanalytic sensibility suggests to us that genuine openness can only emerge in the context of an unscripted dialogue, one that involves making contact with and participating in an exchange that will, necessarily, threaten the dialogic participants’ understandings, identities and perceptions.”


  1. To discuss current psychoanalytic writing addressing unconscious and conscious forces related to issues of diversity.
  2. To apply our experience of discussing and understanding these issues to our clinical work.
  3. To appreciate and integrate how psychoanalysis needs diversity and how diversity needs psychoanalysis for both to grow and expand their reach.


Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. 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  13.5  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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.