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A Game You Cannot Win: Failed Identifications with Whiteness in BIPOC Patients Featuring Carlos Padrón, MA, MPhil, LP (Lecture)

  • January 21, 2022
  • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom
  • 58


(depends on selected options)

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Description: This talk, directed to psychotherapists of different backgrounds, will address, from a psychoanalytic perspective, the multiple conflicts and tensions arising when BIPOC patients identify with whiteness but inevitably fail. These will be called “failed identifications with whiteness”; why they are destined to fail (“a game you cannot win”) will also be talked about in relation to both psychic and social causes. Issues around racial identity formation will be discussed as well as how they intersect with issues related to gender and sexual identity. Clinical vignettes will be offered to exemplify the complex dynamics at play here.

CME Objectives: 

  1. Explain the notion of a “failed identification with whiteness” in BIPOC patients.
  2. Discuss the psychic and social sources of such failed identifications.
  3. Explain how conflicts around race identity formation in BIPOC patients intersect with issues related to gender and sexual identity.

Biography:  Carlos Padrón is a licensed psychoanalyst with a background in philosophy and literary studies. He has written and presented on the intersections between philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and Latin American thought. He was a faculty member at John Jay College (City University of New York, CUNY), the Contemporary Freudian Society, and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Carlos is currently a faculty member at IPTAR (a component member of the IPA) where he co-teaches a class on clinical aspects of diversity. He is also the co-chair of Iptar's Diversity Committee. He teaches the Seminar on Psychodynamic Theory (Masters in Social Work) at the Silberman School of Social Work in CUNY. Carlos participated in the documentary "Psychoanalysis in El Barrio" a film on working psychoanalytically with underprivileged Latinx patients in the U.S., and has given talks and published on this topic and on clinical issues related to difference: race, culture, gender, class, ethnicity. Lately, he published an essay in the edited volume Psychoanalysis in the Barrios (Routledge, 2019) entitled The Political Potentiality of the Psychoanalytic Process; he wrote an essay titled Eight Inconclusive Notes on the Whiteness of the 'Good White for the special edition of Division Review #22 dedicated to COVID-19 and racism; and was invited with other psychoanalysts around the world to publish a text (Pandemic Diary: 19 Fragments) in a special issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology titled Notes from a Pandemic: A Year of COVID-19. Carlos has worked psychoanalytically in different settings and is currently a clinical associate of the New School Psychotherapy Program where he supervises PhD students in Psychology. He is the the co-founder, with Tracy Sidesinger, of the New York Center for Community Psychoanalysis.


Please note that the event will take place
from 7:00 - 8:30 PM Mountain Time

Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering.

  • CME credit for DPS Members: $30
  • CME credit for non DPS Members: $40
  • No CME credit: Free - $0

Registration: Registration is required. Registration will close at noon on January 20, 2022. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the start of the event.

Confidentiality: During lectures, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this lecture. No recording of case material is allowed. 

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the lecture and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, attendance, and completion of the evaluation. For virtual events, CME credit will be equal to the actual time participated.

Cancellation & Certificate Replacement Policy:  There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 3 days of the event.  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. (Updated July 2021)

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