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Psychoanalytic Understanding of Poverty: The Importance of Context and Gender

September 14, 2021 — 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Speakers: Patricia Gherovici, PhD and Jhuma Basak, PhD

Discussant: Anne Adelman, PhD

Opening and Closing remarks: Margarita Cereijido, PhD

3 CME/CE Cultural Competence Credits

Sponsored by: The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis (Cultural Competence Conference and Community Outreach Committee) Contemporary Freudian Society International Psychoanalytical Association’s Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis (COWAP)


Patricia Gherovici, PhD, “Poverty: Text or Context?” Using clinical vignettes from my practice in Philadelphia’s Latinx Barrio as a psychoanalyst working with disenfranchised populations struggling with poverty and racism, I will touch on issues of racial and linguistic identification marked by the history of colonialism. I try to show how psychoanalysis can offer a certain way of undoing the effects of segregation. I will analyze the clinical material to introduce a first concept, Freud’s “narcissism of minor differences,” and move to a metapsychology of hate. Finally, I contend that to start tackling the complexity of structural racism we need be able to account for the pleasure gain provided by unconscious racism

Jhuma Basak, PhD, “When ‘poverty’ Encounters Psychoanalysis – A ‘poor’
Indian Perspective”  Psychoanalysis in India dawned amidst the turmoil of India’s pre-independence era and colonial weightage, problematizing its very birth as a ‘foreign import’ that was pronounced in an equally ‘foreign language’ (English), which added to the already implanted seeds of cultural imperialism brought in by colonialism. Here is the epitome of the problem — psychoanalysis arrives from the ‘west’ that commercializes the value of human affects in a land that essentially suffered from economic impoverishment and starvation. The intent of this paper is to reinstate psychoanalysis amidst the volatile socio-economic context of India that will help to re-examine/pragmatize its conceptual/clinical practices in India along with its reflection from the perspective of gender and culture of contemporary times.

Who should attend?
The program is extended to all mental health providers and students from the
Washington Baltimore metropolitan area and beyond (since it’s virtual), interested in in
psychoanalytic perspectives.

Learning Objectives:
1) Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to identify common
prejudices psychotherapists have about working with economically disadvantaged
2) Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to explain the relevance of
cultural context in understanding poverty.
3) Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to identify two ways in
which gender affects people’s experience of poverty.

To Register: https://www.wbcp.org/cgi/page.cgi/_evtcal.html?evt=594

Or visit the WBCP website and click on View All Events under Upcoming Events. Choose November on the calendar.
For registration assistance, contact the WBCP at
301-470-3635 / 410-792-8060 / 202-237-1854 or (admin@wbcp.org)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Registration Fees:
$70 WBCP/CFS Members (3 CME/CE credits)
$100 Non-WBCP/CFS Members
$60 WBCP/CFS Fellows who want CE/CME (3 CME/CE credits)
$35 Other Students (3 CME/CE credits)
No-Fee: WBCP/CFS Students (3CME/CE credits)
No-Fee: WBCP/CFS Fellows No CE/CME


September 14, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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