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Social Justice and Human Rights Series: Trauma, Identity, and Social Justice

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April 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Series: Social Justice and Human Rights
Trauma, Identity, and Social Justice

Dr. Marilyn Charles

Saturday, April 1 |10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon



Opposing the trend towards simplistic ‘solutions’ to complex problems, the psychoanalytic lens is an invaluable tool that helps us to focus our efforts in ways that might make a difference.  This presentation addresses some of the ways in which our current society opposes the development of precisely the reflective capacities we need in order to work towards more effective and human solutions to our social problems, and will also suggest ways in which the psychoanalytic lens can be usefully applied in our efforts towards greater social justice.


Continuing Education Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Name one advantage to a developmental rather than a medical view of psychological distress when working in community settings.
  2. Describe one way in which a psychoanalytic perspective can help to avoid burnout when working under stressful conditions.
  3. Describe one benefit of applying a psychoanalytic lens to social justice issues.

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


Marilyn Charles is a staff psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. She is also a Training and Supervising Analyst and on faculty at Harvard Medical School, BGSP, and Universidad del Monterrey.  As Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and Past President of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the APA, she is actively engaged in mentoring, creating opportunities for dialogue between diverse groups with common interests, and promoting community involvement for those in the helping professions. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters and six books, most recently Psychoanalysis and Literature: The Stories We Live.

Fee:  Free or $25 per event for 2 CE’s/Clock Hours*



April 1, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


1581 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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