Annual Conference

Reflective Spaces | Material Places 6th Annual Daylong Conference

September 15, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM @ Instituto Familiar de la Raza, SF

Sliding Scale Fee: $20-$100


Our intention for the 2018 conference is to continue our ongoing conversations about how the intersections of racism and colonialism are woven into the fabric of our clinical work and community processes.

We aim to utilize the space for collaborative discussion on how issues of colonialism, historical trauma, and racial melancholia impact each of us, our relationship with patients, and the systems in which we operate. The conference will feature a panel of discussants who will engage in thoughtful conversation on the identified topics. The larger group of conference participants will also have opportunities to engage in these discussions.

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Co-Sponsored by PINC, NCSPP, & Access Institute



Previous RSMP Conference Details are Below!

2017 Conference: Precarious Identities in Precarious Times: Growing Up as an Immigrant featuring Usha Tummala-Narra

Saturday, September 16, 2017

With an increased awareness of violence and conflict in the world, we have become more attentive to our boundaries, both national and personal. In the U.S., the immigrant, the foreigner who crosses our borders, has become the focus of concern, but also of our fear, the target of our anger and violent attack. Please join us as we take a closer look and think together about how the immigrant has become an important symbol of our struggle to feel secure in an increasingly changing and diverse world. We invite you to share your experiences of how this projection and climate of violence has impacted us all.

Usha Tummala-Narra will offer us her perspective, built on her research into intersections of culture, race, gender, immigration, and trauma, and culturally informed psychotherapy practice. Through the medium of a case presented by Suzanne Hausler, Usha will lead the group in a discussion about the effect of the national focus on the immigrant as a dangerous “Other”, and on the developing identity of a young Muslim boy in the Bay Area.

2016 Conference: Selfhood In Otherness: Relational Spaces as Transitional Spaces featuring Dr. Cleonie White, PhD

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Cleonie will share her thoughts, reflections, and clinical experiences to expand and explore several issues: How is otherness defined? How can our subjectivities and individualities be found and be recognized despite feeling mutually different? How do we address these issues in our intimate engagements with the individuals with whom we work? In the spirit of RSMP, we will engage with each other and Cleonie to collectively think and reflect about how clinicians and the individuals they work with in various settings can co-participate and co-construct race, class, and differences.

Cleonie White, Ph.D., is Fellow, faculty, and supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology. Cleonie is the 2015-2016 President of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. She is Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and is also faculty and supervisor at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. Cleonie is a member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is an Associate Board member of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Her interests and writing are in the areas of trauma and dissociation, race, class, the immigrant/foreigner Other, identity, and creativity in psychoanalysis. Cleonie enjoys the arts in all their glorious forms and maintains a private practice in New York City.

Our 2015 Conference featured Lynne Layton’s psychoanalytic perspective on the psychic and social effects of neoliberalism. Here are some related readings: