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series: connections and conversation

Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting, cultivating creativity and freedom of thought and feeling. We invite you to engage with our presenters and community as they share their interests and passions in conversation on current topics in psychoanalysis.

This free event alternates between Thursdays at 7pm, Saturdays at 9am, and Sundays at 2pm (please note March 12 will be at 1pm) Pacific Time. The meeting begins with a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of conversation.

This series is open to all.

Psychoanalysis as a Means of Liberation

Thursday, May 25 at 7 PM PST

Individuals engage in psychoanalysis motivated by dissatisfaction with life as they experience it.  In psychoanalytic training, we spend a great deal of time preparing to understand family of origin, relationship, and developmental discontinuities. Too often, socio-cultural discontinuities do not receive significant emphasis as warranted. I intend to analyze my personal biography using eclectic psychoanalytic theories to demonstrate the potential to use psychoanalysis in the service of personal liberation. Mentalization, as well as, Developmental and Attachment psychoanalytic theories may be used in an emancipatory effort by those currently oppressed or marginalized in our society when trained psychoanalysts are accessible. I believe the history of anti-Black racism is relevant to the psychoanalysis of patients regardless of race. The concept of ‘Racial Battle Fatigue’ will be described and applied to the analysis of myself, a person of African descent.

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Debra J. Myers, MD, PsyD

Debra J. Myers, MD, PsyD (DebraMyersMD.com) has a private practice of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in West Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard Medical School with training at Stanford Medical Center in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Medicine at UCSF. She received
her PsyD in Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

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CE Credit

Connections and Conversation is not eligible for any CE Credits
No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Special Accommodations

Please submit any requests for Special Accommodations to the ICP Office prior to registering or at your earliest convenience to ensure that we are able to assist.