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Social Justice and Human Rights Series: Defining Cultural Competence

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April 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Series: Social Justice and Human Rights

Defining Cultural Competence

Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra

Friday, April 14 | 7:00 to 8:30 PM


This presentation highlights psychoanalytic understandings of sociocultural context in psychotherapy, and describes a framework with a systematic inclusion of cultural competence as a core emphasis of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. A historical overview of both psychoanalytic neglect and contributions to understandings of sociocultural context, and specific contemporary psychoanalytic approaches to culturally informed practice, such as the recognition of social oppression and the complexity of cultural identifications, will be discussed.  A case illustration and discussion will serve to translate culturally informed psychoanalytic theory to practice.


Continuing Education Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe ways in which the sociocultural context of the client and the therapist influence conceptualizations of health and pathology in development.
  2. Recognize and discuss how psychoanalytic theory informs and deepens an understanding of sociocultural context in psychotherapy.
  3. Identify how experiences of privilege and oppression contribute to complex and sometimes contradictory cultural identifications, and challenging dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.

CE Target audience:  Psychologists (all levels), Social Workers, Counselors


Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College.  She is also in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA. Her publications focus on the topics of immigration, trauma, cultural competence and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  She has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), as a member of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in the American Psychological Association, and as a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. She has served as a Member-at-Large in the Board of Directors in Division 39 and is currently a member of the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy, published by APA Books in January 2016.

Fee:  Free or $20 per event for 1.5 CE’s/Clock Hours*



April 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


1581 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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