As part of our commitment to community education, Hamm Clinic hosts an annual public conference featuring local and national mental health experts. Recent conferences have focused on integration of anti-oppressive and psychodynamic practice.
The 2023 Hamm Spring Conference is May 19, 2023 Build Resilience – Nurture Joy: Explore the Science and Soul of Healing TICKETS and INFO ARE AVAILABLE at www.hammclinic.org/conference
Build Resilience – Nurture Joy
Explore the science and soul of healing with Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. Aimee Prasek, founders and co-hosts of the JoyLab program and podcast. Experts in evidence-based techniques for promoting resilience, Drs. Emmons and Prasek will engage attendees in a process of discovery and understanding around resiliency, finding joy, and developing techniques for sustaining mental health.
Tickets at www.hammclinic.org/conference
2022 Conference Highlights
The 2022 conference, Intersectional Trauma and Resilience: A Day of Learning, Community, and Care was held October 7, 2022 at the Saint Paul Student Center of the University of Minnesota. For more info visit: https://hammclinic.org/symposium2022/
2020 Conference Highlights
In October of 2020 Dr. Lisa Moore, LICSW, PhD, spoke on “Race, Black Bodies, and Psychodynamic Therapy.” The virtual convening explored how one identifies fear as it resides in those with power and suggested approaches for addressing the effects of this fear in the context of clinical practice.
Dr. Moore helped us to identify and distinguish the presentation of mental health symptoms as responses to various forms of racism versus those emerging due to organic mental health concerns and identify the stages of dehumanization that shape dominant forms of oppression by individuals and institutions. She discussed Frantz Fanon’s theories and the application of psychodynamic theories in clinical practice cross-racially.
The conference also featured a special performance by poet, activist, and educator Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance. Guante strives to cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency. 2020 Conference Brochure.
2019 Conference Highlights
In May 2019, Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD presented “Sociocultural Identity and Oppression: A Psychoanalytic Perspective.”
She highlighted psychoanalytic understandings of sociocultural context in psychotherapy, focusing specifically on experiences of sociocultural oppression— such as racism, sexism, heterosexism and classism—and intersecting experiences of interpersonal violence.
She covered contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives that emphasize the impact of sociopolitical contexts on mental health and the centrality of the therapeutic relationship in addressing effects of oppression on clients’ sense of safety, functioning and relational life. Clinical vignettes helped to translate culturally informed psychoanalytic theory to practice.