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.
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.