The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
The School to Prison Pipeline:
Socially Sanctioned Violence Against Black Girls and Boys
Saturday September 28, 2019
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven
Lunch will follow for all attendees
Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapyand co-editor of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. He is a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and Director of the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, where he also serves as the Director of the Derner/Hempstead Child Clinic. He is also a visiting faculty member and Honorary Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). He is a retired school psychologist and the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers for Child Mental Health of Brooklyn. He is an active member of the Research Council of the New York City Young Men’s Initiative and the chairman of the board for The Harlem Family Institute: a Multicultural Psychoanalytic Training Institute.
The contemporary mental health system has largely abdicated its responsibility to the psychological needs of Black Children through its failure to mentalize their experience. In the historic context of the traumatic object relations of slavery and the intergenerational transmission of trauma, African American youth attend an educational system that has become overcrowded, demoralized and punitive. In conjunction with this, the Juvenile Justice system has caused misbehavior to metastasize into criminality. Dr. Vaughans will describe how multiple historic and cultural factors have contributed to a system that prioritizes Black youth as prime fodder for incarceration at an alarming rate. This presentation is designed for clinicians from beginning to advanced levels who wish to advance their knowledge and expand their skill base in psychodynamic treatment of Black girls and boys.
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven
10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:30 – 12:30 Presentation
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch for All Attendees
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1. Vaughans, Kirkland C., Harris, Lisa. (2016). The police, black and Hispanic boys. A dangerous inability to mentalize. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. 15:3, 171-178.
2. Fonagy, P. & Allison, F. (2012). What is mentalization? In N. Midgley & I, Vrouva (Eds) . Minding the child. New York, NY. Routledge.
3. Vaughans, K & Spielberg, W (2015). The psychology of black boys and adolescents. Vol 1. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.
The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.
1. Participants will be able to identify how racism affects the issues of trust in work with children of Color.
2. Participants will be able to identify how their own attitudes about race can impact their ability to treat this population.
3. Participants will be able to identify how structural racism impedrd potential mentalization of these children of Color.
4. Participants will appreciate the inevitability of the racialized transference/ countertransference matrix in mixed racial dyads.
This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39) It meets cultural competency requirement for Social Workers.
Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.
Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.
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