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Analysis and Activism: The Crisis of Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis in the United States is now in a state of crisis and, at last, we are starting to see some indepth public debate which analyses the threat posed by Critical Social Justice concepts and praxis to this school.

The American Psychoanalytic Association, founded in 1911, has fractured due to charges that it is riddled with systemic racism. As a result, the psychoanalytic profession is now in peril. At the heart of this crisis are disparate visions of the proper relationship between clinical training and practice, on the one hand, and political activism on the other. A central figure in the heated and protracted conflicts around these issues is Dr. Lara Sheehi, President of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, and co-author of Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Practicing Resistance in Palestine. This webinar explores these issues and addresses the possible impact of Dr. Sheehi’s political positions and prescriptions on the future of the psychoanalytic training.
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Burston, an Associate Professor and former chair of the Department of Psychology at Duquesne University
Respondent: Don Carveth is emeritus professor of sociology and social and political thought at York University in Toronto

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