SEMINAR: Examining the Emotional Legacy of Systemic Racism
November 6, 2021 | 10am CST
Presented by Depth Counseling and The Kedzie Center
This online seminar will provide a live view of how two psychoanalysts from two different countries and with different racial identities think and learn about race in the clinical setting. Amanda Kottler, a White South African clinician, will present the case of an ambitious young Black person climbing the ladder in an historically and still predominantly White profession in a country still experiencing the racial fallout of apartheid. Dionne Powell, a Black American clinician, will provide live supervision as Kottler explores the complex ways in which issues of trust, vulnerability and otherness entered into the therapeutic relationship, echoing themes from this patient’s early upbringing. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Huey Hawkins, Jr., a St. Louis-based clinician.
About the Presenters
Amanda Kottler is the co-author of Kohut’s Twinship Across Cultures: The Psychology of Being Human published by Routledge. Her recent writing and teaching focuses on Kohut’s idea of “being human among other human beings.” Kottler is a founding member of the Cape Town Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Group and an Emeritus Council Member of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.
Dionne Powell teaches and writes about race and psychoanalysis. She is the author of “Race, African Americans, and Psychoanalysis: Collective Silence in the Therapeutic Situation,” which won the 2018 New Author Price of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She served on the Executive Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and serves on the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Holmes Commission, a group of leading analysts empaneled to explored how the field of psychoanalysis has addressed issues of race.
About the Moderator
Huey Hawkins, Jr. is a St. Louis-based clinician who serves on the faculties of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and Smith College School of Social Work. His research and clinical interests focus on the intersection of culture, race, and psychodynamic theory and practice. Hawkins’ paper “The Antisocial Tendency and the Role of Deprivation: Facilitating the Maternal Environment” won second place in the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work’s Diana Siskind Excellence in Writing prize.