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Engaging Diversity Through Being Available to Be Moved: Radical Openness to the Foreign Things Taken in by the Analyst
Speaker: Anton Hart, Ph.D., FABP, FIPA

October 10 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Every psychotherapist has had the experience of being experienced, by the people whom we are trying to help, in ways that are different from how we experienced ourselves-e.g., feeling dedicated to and engaged with the patient yet experienced by the patient as detached or insufficiently caring.Therapeutic dialogues across the borders of racial, ethnic, or other diversities can intensify this dynamic. As psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst, we often rely on the concepts of projection and transference to emotionally protect ourselves and sustain us, as we attempt to survive the discomfort of felling for therapeutic effect. This workshop offers an introduction to the presenter’s concept of :radical openness” as an alternative to a stance of emphasizing transference conceptualization and interpretation. We will engage in case-based exercises designed to enhance our abilities to listen openly and receptively to communications that we might otherwise be inclined to experience as misplaced of foreign. A stance of radical openness will be shown to shown to seek to receive our patients’ strange experience of us as if they are bound to contain personal truths and insights, for both them and us alike.

Learning Objectives
Participants in this presentation will be able to:
1.Formulate the anxieties associated with engaging issues of diversity, difference and otherness.
2. Identify the central roles of curiosity and radical openness as antidotes to cultural ignorance and insensitivity.
3. Describe pitfalls and breakdowns that can occur in diversity-related explorations and find ways to use these in the service of the restoration of open dialogue.
4. Engage receptively in the psychotherapeutic process by implementing a stance for radical openness.

Anton Hart, Ph.D., PABP, FIPA,
Dr. Hart is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. He supervises at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is a Member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies National Program, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. He serves as Chair of the Diversities Section of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Department of Psychoanalytic Education. He is in full-time private practice of psychoanalysis, individual, family and couple therapy, psychotherapy supervision and consultation, and organizational consultation, in New York City.


October 10
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Via Zoom