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Whiteness / Otherness / Psychoanalysis
The Dichotomous Construction of Whiteness and Otherness in the Psychoanalytic Field

Date: Sep 16, 2017 8:30 am

A One Day Conference About Otherness and Psychoanalysis

at Constantino Hall at Fordham University School of Law

150 West 62nd Street

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, includes Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunch

CE Credits available*


Saturday, September 16th, 2017



Registration & Breakfast



Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D., Chair


Introduction: Why Study Whiteness?

Toni Hellmann, LCSW


Keynote Address

Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D.

The US census projects that minority persons will constitute the majority population by 2042. Many social commentators believe that the paroxysm of regressive politics currently in play can be directly traced to this forthcoming change in how America will look, sound, and understand itself. Meeting the healthcare and behavioral healthcare needs of American communities ahead will require an intersectional framework and a diverse group of practitioners who are themselves open to new practices. What then are the implications for psychoanalysis, which remains a majority white professional practice? This talk will include the author's reflections on the challenges ahead for psychoanalysis as the demographics in our nation continue to shift.


Screening: A Videotaped Conversation between Ralph Greenson and Ellis Toney (circa 1976)


Anton Hart, Ph.D. and Dionne Powell, M.D.

What does whiteness look like in an interracial training analysis? Ralph Greenson, a well-known white psychoanalyst and Ellis Toney, one of the first black psychoanalysts, spoke to each other in front of an audience about their experience as an analytic couple from 1948 to 1954. Drs. Hart and Powell will discuss the historical context and psychoanalytic implications of the film.


Lunch and Discussion

In groups of two, conference participants will be asked to reflect with each other on their own racial identities with the following questions: When did you become aware of your assigned/perceived race? How has race shaped your identity? What commonalities and differences surface in the group with regard to race?


Clinical Presentation:

The Psychoanalyst as White and Whitening Object

Daniel Rosengart, Ph.D., Presenter

Orna Guralnik, Ph.D., Discussant

The consulting room as a whitening space. This paper explores the use of therapy by certain patients of color as a process that can impart a white cultural identity. This paper will describe and discuss two treatments that illustrate an initially unconscious attempt to remove undesirable  aspects of ethnic identities through treatment.


Q&A with all Panelists and audience





Orna Guralnik, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst on faculty at NIP and the Stephen Mitchell Center, editor of the Psychoanalytic Dialogues Blog, and associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender & Sexuality.  She co-founded the Center for the Study of Dissociation and Depersonalization at Mt Sinai Medical School, and publishes on the topics of culture, politics, and dissociation.  She is a graduate of the NYU PostDoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis.


Toni Hellmann, LCSW, is a senior candidate at the William Alanson White Institute. Her work focuses on the psychoanalytic articulation of normative and non-normative identities. She is a co-founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis and is in private practice in New York City.


Anton H. Hart, Ph.D., FABP, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. A member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), he is Chair of APsaA’s Department of Education’s Diversities Section. A Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, he supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt. Sinai/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety. He served as Associate Co-producer for the film, “Black Psychoanalysts Speak,” in which he was also featured. He is a Co-Founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis. He is writing a book, to be published by Routledge, entitled, Beyond Oaths or Codes: Toward Relational Psychoanalytic Ethics. He is in full-time private practice in New York City.


Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., M.P.A., is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and Chief Psychologist at the Cambridge Medical Alliance. She is also a faculty affiliate at the program on negotiation at Harvard Law School, an adjunct lecturer at New York University and is a Fellow of the William Alanson White Institute’s Center for Public Mental Health. Dr. Leary’s work on “negotiated transactions” in psychotherapy, as well as her study and work in the areas of conflict negotiations have expanded globally to include the study of “critical moments” in mediations to end armed conflict in Southeast Asia and researching social enterprise ventures in the Middle East. Dr. Leary is currently on assignment with The White House Council on Women and Girls.


Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D., is a Supervising Analyst and Faculty member, Conference Advisory Board (CAB) Chair; Director & Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service(EDCAS);  and Founding Director of the Eating, Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions one year educational certificate program at The William Alanson White Institute. She is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Co-Chair of the IH Faculty Selection and Curriculum Committee; and on the faculty for the Institute for Contemporary Psychology (ICP). She is an associate editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Editor of five books: including winner of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) 2016 Edited Book, Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge,2015); and most recently, Co-editor with S. Schoen of Unknowable, Unspeakable and Unsprung: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Truth, Scandal, Secrets & Lies (Routledge,2016). Dr. Petrucelli specializes in the interpersonal treatment of eating disorders and addictions and lectures nationally and internationally. She is in private practice on the upper west side in New York City.


Dionne Powell, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Most recent contributions include: The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, edited by Salman Akhtar, 2012: Contributor book chapter: Psychoanalysis and African Americans: Past, Present and Future, edited by John Barnhill; Presenter; Presidential Symposium Diversity, January 2015; chair, University Forum: Racism in America Darryl Pinckney, Lawrence Bobo, Jeffrey Prager January 2017 meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York, NY.


Daniel Rosengart, Psy.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the William Alanson White Institute. His work explores psychoanalysis’ many intersections with its neighbor disciplines, particularly anthropology, sociology, and theology.


Discounted Early Registration, now through June 30th only:

$130 for Professionals ($145 at the door)

$65 for Candidates and Graduate Students

price includes Continental Breakfast and boxed lunch

Register Here



Accreditation Information:

For Psychologists:


The William Alanson White Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists. The William Alanson White Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents.


For Social Workers:


William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0159.



For Licensed Psychoanalysts:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0007.


For Physicians:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the William Alanson White Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


For Mental Health Counselors:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0025




For Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0019.




IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


The William Alanson White Institute is a SEVIS approved school.


Continuing Education Credits:

CE credits are calculated on a credit per course hour basis.