In 2020, a group of CSPP members came together to reflect on how to incrementally move our organization to becoming more multicultural and anti-racist. In ongoing conversation with Dr. Dietra Hawkins, a diversity and inclusion consultant, CEDEA was born. The programs and projects listed below are the result of this continued work.
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Black Lives In Mind Series:
Racism, Mental Health & Resilience
Amanda Calhoun, MD, MPH. Derrick Gordon, PhD. Dietra Hawkins, PsyD.
Healing Begins Where the Wound Was Made
Bandy Lee, MD, MDiv. Kevin Washington, PhD
The Lived Experience of Mass Incarceration, Trauma and Recovery"
Amber Kelly, PhD. Daryl McGraw, MA, CAC, CCJP. LaToya Willis, Jewu Richardson
We are Powerful Because we Have Survived: Black Resilience and the Care of the Self (Co-sponsored with the National Association of Black Social Workers)
Dietra Hawkins, PsyD. Nakia Hamlett, PhD. Janan Wyatt, PhD.
Partners in Liberation and Recovery: The Black Church and Mental Health Care
Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD. Kelcy Steele, MDiv, Jerry Streets, MDiv, MSW, DSW, LCSW
Cultural Consultations: Bridges & Barriers
Katherine Pogue White, PhD. Maria Elena Oliva, PhD, LCSW. Holly Hinderlee, PhD
Black Maternal Health: Supporting New Beginnings
Carolyn Kagen, LCSW, PMH-C, Autumn Cloud-Ingram, LCSW, C-CCE, Janina Tauro, LCSW
Braiding The Threads--Young, Black & Queer
Claude Louis, MS, LPC, Ty Browne, LCSW, Jeffrey Harris, LPC
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Racialized Experience Reading and Study Group (established in 2014)
Please click HERE for a list of our current readings.
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The goal of cultural consultation is to improve the delivery of mental health services to culturally diverse populations including immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural minority groups. Consultants are licensed clinicians who can provide guidance and insight. This falls under the umbrella of culturally informed practice, a standard recognized in the ethical codes of all professional mental health organizations.For details click HERE
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CEDEA has a Consultation Committee that works with the CSPP board to recommend organizational changes. The purpose of this work is to move CSPP towards a deeper commitment to anti-racism and multiculturalism.
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Our Commitment to and Implementation of Diversity Principles
In addition to our mission of promoting and enhancing the understanding and application of psychoanalytically informed thinking and practice, the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology is also committed to adhering to the multicultural guidelines and competencies as outlined by both the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers. Adhering to the principles of affirmative diversity, action, and inclusion, these guidelines uphold acceptance of and respect for fundamental human rights and differences across individuals and groups. These include, but are not limited to, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, and socio-economic status. We value all intersectionalities as they apply not only to ourselves as clinicians, but also as they apply to our clients and patients and to society at large. In light of our commitment as outlined above, CSPP makes a great effort to put these principles in context and action by:
Board & Membership:
● Striving to recruit a Board of Directors that reflects diverse backgrounds.
Contact: Bri Pollock, PhD
● Striving to recruit and serve members who represent a breadth of diverse backgrounds.
Contact: Pamela Siemon, JD, LCSW
● Upholding CSPP diversity principles in all forms of CSPP’s electronic communications and social media.
Contact: Maria Crouch, PhD
Training & Education:
● Providing clinical conferences and programs that examine diversity as it is referenced in current psychoanalytic thinking. Contact: Ellen Nasper, PhD
● Providing opportunities for members to engage in study groups that examine racialized experience.
Contact: Ellen Nasper, PhD
● Providing support and mentoring for early career practitioners who represent diverse backgrounds.
Contact: Johanna Rayman, LCSW and Angela Allen-Peck, PsyD.