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Chanda Griffin, LCSW: Clinical Conference Who's on My Couch? BIPOC patients and the natural environment

  • 20 Jan 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • In-Person & Zoom


(depends on selected options)

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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology presents

Chanda Griffin, LCSW

Who's on My Couch?

BIPOC patients and the natural environment 

In-Person and Zoom Clinical Conference

2 Continuing Education Credits

Saturday January 20, 2024

11am - 1pm

Image: Wangechi Mutu, Subterranea Serval, 2022 

Chanda Griffin will be discussing the above image as part of her talk. 

For more information about the artist, click: 

NYTimes article from 3/2/23 

Info on a Mutu sculpture at Yale Art Gallery

In-Person and Zoom

Albertus Magnus College,

Behan Community Room, New Haven, CT

Directions and Photo

Map of Albertus Magnus College

Conference Schedule

10am - 11am: In-person sign in and coffee hour

10:45 am: Zoom Sign-in 

11am - 1pm Presentation

1pm - 2pm Lunch included for registrants.

Free Book Exchange  Click or look below for more info

2 CECs (Division 39) 

2 CECs (NASW):  Approved for Social Work, LPCs & LMFTs 

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event.

The Talk  

Are psychoanalytic theories regarding the environment and the climate crises expansive enough to apply to the BIPOC psyche?

This presentation centers BIPOC subjectivity within a historical and current relational context with the natural environment, white supremacist culture and capitalism. Referring to black spatial and environmental scholarship, feminist writings, and art, the presenter offers clinical examples that explores competing ontological anxieties for the BIPOC patient and the dialectic between protecting the body/mind and the environment.

The Speaker

Chanda D. Griffin, LCSW, is a teaching, training, and supervising analyst at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and co-chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity at MIP. Additionally, she is a faculty member of the National Institute For the Psychotherapies. (NIP),The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP)and an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman Graduate School of Social Work at Hunter College. 

Chanda is the co-author of The Secret Society: Perspectives from a Multiratial Cohort (with Rossanna Eceygoyén and Julie Hyman) and author of "Who’s on my couch: BIPOC subjectivity and the climate crisis," the MIP blog essay: "Red Pill Psychoanalysis and the Matrix of Racial Roles,"  and the  Psychoanalytic Activist,: "Centered." Chanda is a member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and is in private practice in New York City.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Learn the BIPOC subject’s historical and current relationship to the environmental crisis.

2. Learn the relationship between the eco-crisis and anti-blackness

3. Learn a BIPOC centered perspective regarding eco-criticism and psychoanalysis.


Finney, C. (2014) Black Faces, White Spaces.  

Jackson, Z.I.(2020) Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World

Chanda D. Griffin (2022) "Who’s on My Couch? Considering BIPOC Subjectivity and the Climate Crisis," Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 32:4, 340-341, DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2022.2090807


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education credits by Div. 39. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Approved CECs from NASW-CT.

If continuing education credit is desired, please mark the appropriate box on the registration page, for our records. In addition,100% attendance and a completed evaluation form is required to receive CEC certificates. The evaluation will be provided to all attendees at the conclusion of the conference. 

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Scholarship registrants: if you need the registration code, contact William Hartmann, MFT.

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CSPP Membership:  Membership is open to all mental health professionals ($85 annual dues); early career (less than 7 years since degree, $50 annual dues); retirees ($30 annual dues); and graduate students ($20 annual dues).  For further information on membership in CSPP please click here: CSPP 

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 Ashley Warner, LCSW, BCD.

Free Book Exchange

Dear Colleagues -

We are once again offering a free book exchange to those who attend the conference in person.  We invite those of you whose libraries are overflowing with oldies but goodies, books you doubt you'll need to refer to again, to bring these books to our Conference.  

These books will then available for free for other members to take and  enjoy. We all look forward to being together in person.

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