The topic of this presentation – the impact of growing up feeling hated – has become even more salient and painful in a political and social climate in which there are increased outlets for voices of bigotry and prejudice. What are we to tell children who are observably “of color?” How do we explain to them that there are people who will react to them on the basis of the most superficial of characteristics – e.g., skin tone, hair, body type or shape, manner of dress, and name. How do we do this in a manner that is attuned to their developmental level of understanding? How do we inculcate a sense of pride, security, and trust in children when there is so much in the world around them that conveys reasons to be frightened, wary, and self-doubting?
Dr. Levy-Warren introduces the concept of the “not REALLY me/me”, the aspects of ourselves that others might see and to which they might react but which are superficial aspects of ourselves not fundamental to who we are. She describes how to help children identify a “not REALLY me/me” while deepening and strengthening their core sense of identity as a buffer to experiences of prejudice and hatred.
Marsha H. Levy-Warren, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who writes, teaches, lectures, and consults both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Adolescent Journey (Jason Aronson, 1996; reissued by Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), and numerous articles on clinical and developmental theory, adolescence, and various aspects of culture. She is Past-President of The Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS), a component society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst in both the CFS and the IPA. She is currently Director of The Child/Adolescent Training Program at CFS. She also is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology and a Clinical Consultant in New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and The Journal of Child, Infant, and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Dr. Levy-Warren has a clinical practice with adolescents and adults, and a consulting practice with parents on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and first-editor of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. He is a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and a faculty member of their Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, a clinical supervisor at the National Institute for Psychotherapies, and visiting faculty member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). He is also an Honorary Member of IPTAR. He is a school psychologist at Hempstead High School and the former Regional Director of the now defunct New Hope Guild Centers of Brooklyn. He has published articles on the intergenerational transmission of trauma among African Americans and presented widely on topics effecting Black male youth. He is an active member of the Research Council of the New York City Young men’s Initiative and the chairman of the Board for The Harlem Family Institute: a multicultural psychoanalytic training institute.
At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:
- Discuss the developmental stages of children’s awareness of hate and being hated
- Elaborate on the concept of the “not REALLY me/me” and its relationship to children’s experience of being the object of prejudice or hate.
- Explore ways that parents and therapists can foster children’s resilience in the face of prejudice and hate.
Who should attend
The instructional level for this activity is advanced. Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.
CFS Members $25
Non-CFS Members $25
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $25
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com or 732-446-4867.