Complexity Matters: Cultural Identity from a Psychoanalytic Perspective.
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
Identity develops in the context of dynamic cultural change and transformation. The complexity of cultural identity formation requires a psychoanalytic perspective and an integration of knowledge rooted in other traditions (e.g. feminist psychology, multicultural psychology). This presentation will describe conflict in cultural identity development as situated in social context, and in the cultural narratives of the therapist and the client. I will explore the ways in which psychoanalytic theory challenges simplistic conceptualizations of cultural identity development, and how an understanding of unconscious conflict and subjectivity of internal experience contributes to a more complex understanding of cultural identity and the development of co-existing, divergent cultural identifications.
Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College. She is also in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Tummala-Narra received her doctoral degree from Michigan State University and completed her post-doctoral training in the Victims of Violence Program at the
Participants: The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.
This conference is being reviewed for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)
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