Harlem Family Services announces online Forensic Seminar Series with Dr. Gil Kliman

The new Social Justice Division of Harlem Family Services announces a seminar series led by forensic expert Dr. Gil Kliman, focusing on “Trauma through a Forensic Psychoanalytic Lens.”

These monthly virtual sessions will explore the theory and practice of forensic psychoanalysis as applied to cases of trauma. The first session will take place on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 11 AM EST via Zoom. Guest instructor Hasani Baharanyi, MD will be the featured speaker.

Participants may register via Zoom at this link (click here.) Registration is free for HFI/HFS candidates, faculty and staff. All others, please pay the $30 registration fee online via HFI’s website here.

Course Description

Psychological trauma will be defined in behavioral and psychoanalytic terms, together with a theoretical point of view consistent with modern evolutionary theory. In this seminar we will work together to identify the obstacles and opportunities presented by the legal system for psychoanalytic and psychodynamically-oriented expert witnesses. Countertransference problems will be discussed, ethical problems will be described, and most importantly the alleged and proven victims of psychological traumas will speak for themselves in various videotaped interviews which demonstrate the evidence of their psychological damage.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the seminar, participants will be able to: 

Describe what plaintiff and defense attorneys expect an expert witness to contribute to the education of a jury or to the settlement of a contested claim. 
Explain why a psychoanalytic point of view about the long-term effects of childhood trauma has special value in a court room and goes far beyond a behavioral cross section. 
Illustrate how to formulate a clinical life care plan in a way that is associated with cost estimates over a lifetime. 
Describe the power of adverse childhood events research in forecasting psychosomatic problems and physical health care costs over a victim’s lifetime. 
Demonstrate how to prepare a Meyerian Chart in a fashion that can be presented to a jury, instead of an ordinary legal timeline. 
Explain how to testify concerning “Loss of Parental Services.” 
Describe special features of scientific knowledge about the aftermaths of childhood sexual molestation. 
Describe special features of traumas involving “betrayal” by family, institutions, schools, and agencies. 

NOTE: Each Forensic Seminar will be recorded in order to ensure that interested colleagues may study them. In addition, numerous videos of evaluations concerning which we have permission will be shown and made available by HIPAA-compliant means. Upon receipt of separate confidentiality agreements, those videos may also be studied in-depth at leisure.

Statement on the Israel-Hamas Conflict

We at the Harlem FamiIy Institute and Harlem Family Services, New York, NY, urge compassion for all souls affected by the continuing conflict between Israel and Hamas and wish to press for humanitarian responses. While we condemn the recent and continuing violence and acknowledge the long-standing suffering of both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples, we believe that identification with the aggressor solves nothing and that only nonviolence engenders the transformations that can allow all to come together.

Following the example of African Americans who met the terrorism of white supremacy with nonviolence, as modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we implore both sides to break this cycle of violence. Lay down your armaments and open your hearts to each other’s anguish. See the basic humanity in those you call foe. Turn hatred into empathy, isolation into kinship, brutality into mercy.

Through compassion that lifts up the downtrodden, we can transform suffering into a higher purpose. Our shared burdens can blossom into enlightenment if we raise each other from pits of vengeance to peaks of unity. When we connect as fellow human beings through shared struggles, labels of race, nationality, or creed fade into the background.

The path of nonviolence and compassion is challenging. We harbor pain and anger that tempts us to answer violence with violence. But we must resist the cycle of retribution, which only leads to more innocent bloodshed. With empathy for the suffering on both sides, we appeal to the humanity that lies in all people beneath the labels that divide us. We believe peace is possible if we open our hearts, though the road may be long.

Reconciliation demands humility and sacrifice. We must be willing to understand those we call enemies. We must be willing to forgive, even amidst grievous injustice. We must be willing to seek nonviolent solutions, though they require work and compromise. The rewards are healing, hope, and dignity for all people. We urge perseverance of spirit despite setbacks. With shared courage and compassion, we can mend what is broken. For in the profound words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Saturday, Oct. 14: Bridging the Institute and the Community: a free and open online discussion forum for helping professionals

With Neil Altman, PhD, Paula Kliger, PhD, Sheila Johnson, MPS, LP, and other clinicians

This Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 am to 1 pm EDT
By Zoom

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER VIA ZOOM

For our October meeting, we’ll aim to pick up the threads we’ve been weaving. A big part of the challenge of community work is to find a way to support each other through thick and thin, despite disruptions, to return again and again to the beauty of the shared humanity we work resolutely to cultivate.  We hope to see you all, each and every one of you, again this Saturday – and the second Saturday of every month!

The past few years have brought to a head multiple points of conflict in U.S. society that deeply affect the people of Harlem, Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Join us or visit our websites frequently to learn about out our programs addressing what is at stake for our people with respect to abortion, guns, voting rights and many other issues of vital concern.

At our most recent meetings, people from various overlapping communities have discussed a range of issues that community members have been struggling with and have borne witness to these efforts as we strive to offer the Harlem Family Institute as a community resource for healing and action. Please feel free to invite others to our meetings.

For more than 30 years, the Harlem Family Institute has offered psychoanalytic-training and clinical-treatment services in Harlem and Northern Manhattan, training psychoanalysts and other mental-health professionals while helping hundreds of children, families, adolescents and others in schools, community centers and houses of worship.  

Now, more than ever, those of us on the front lines of mental-health care in our beleaguered, under-resourced communities, need to support each other. So, the Institute has launched this monthly discussion group to draw together clinicianstherapistsclergyeducators and counselors with city agencies, including law enforcement and trade unions from Harlem, Northern Manhattan and the Bronx to share and learn from each other . . .  

We hope that together we can create a forum for thoughtful and meaningful engagement about our often-times stressful and overwhelming work with our stressed and overwhelmed clients, students and congregations.   

We’ll aim to share and discuss dilemmas in our work to counter burnout and despair. Please join us to be part of the organization and inauguration of this group. Let’s share ideas about how we can best support each other. As a whole we can be more than the sum of our parts!

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Save the dates! Upcoming events and presentations this fall at HFI

Mark your calendars! The Harlem Family Institute’s “Saturday Talks” series and community outreach conversations are set to continue this fall. Stay tuned for further information and registration for each event.

Saturday, September 30, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time (virtual): “Saturday Talks: Harlem’s Psychoanalytic Renaissance” presents: Don Moss, “On Having Whiteness Revisited & A Composite of Outraged Whiteness.”

Friday-Sunday, October 27-29, in-person in Phoenix, AZ: an immersion weekend workshop in REFLECTIVE NETWORK THERAPY with Dr. Gilbert Kliman.

Saturday, November 25, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time (virtual): “Saturday Talks: Harlem’s Psychoanalytic Renaissance” presents: Jennifer Davids, “The Grenfell Tower Fire and The Social Psychoanalytic Work | Refugee Life, Race, Gender, and Privilege as Power | Faces of Othering 6 Years Later”

May 6, 2023: Harlem Family Institute Annual Open House

We’re seeking applicants with advanced degrees in any discipline and the self-awareness, intuition, curiosity and passion to become Licensed or Certified Psychoanalysts through our psychoanalytic training programs.

Please join us for the Institute’s annual 

Open House

on Saturday May 6 from 11 am to 1 pm (Eastern Time)

to learn about our clinical training programs in the community to become a psychoanalyst.

Applicants need to hold at least a master’s degree in any discipline – allowing individuals from across the humanities, sciences and social sciences to enter the field. Training to become a Licensed or Certified Psychoanalyst usually takes 4-5 years part-time, though swifter advancement is possible.

To register for HFI’s Open House, Saturday May 6, please click on this Zoom link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcOCpqz4uHNwxY8JsXU-Bv9Uz7SJfDdz-

Since 1991 we have worked to train tomorrow’s diversity-sensitive psychoanalysts by taking training and treatment out to the community in small clinical sites that we operate in Harlem and Northern Manhattan, where our candidates provide free and ultra-low-fee clinical services to children, families, adolescents and adults through both psychotherapy and play therapy.

Through play therapy, we offer youngsters a safe space to express their feelings, to learn to use their strengths to manage the challenges they face every day, and to discover new ways to relate to the world. We have served hundreds of parents and children through our school- and community-based playroom treatment centers, where we offer consistent, long-term therapy and play therapy. Clients meet with their therapist in a safe, pleasant space where they work together to address difficult issues through play or talk.

The candidates studying in our programs – many of African American or Latino heritage, including clergy of multiple faiths, from Harlem and the city’s most diverse communities – are able to develop careers as advanced mental-health professionals. The Institute’s more than 70 available faculty members come from many of the city’s and nation’s psychoanalytic institutes, drawn by its unique mission. The institute can admit suitable candidates, whether licensed or not, who hold a graduate degree in any discipline. Graduates of our Licensure-Qualifying Program may immediately sit the state exam to become Licensed Psychoanalysts.

Our founding Trustees included Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, MD, the nation’s first African American woman pediatrician and first African American psychoanalyst, who died in December 2019 aged 105. Our leadership includes Principal Consultant Dr. Paula Kliger, PhD, Honorary Dean Dr. Kirkland C. Vaughans, PhD, Executive Director Michael Connolly, MPA, LP, Training Director Dr. David Abrams, PhD, Academic Dean Robin Rayford, MA, MLLP, Clinical Director Ernest P. Smith, LCSW-R, and child & adult psychoanalyst Ann Marie Sacramone, MSEd, LP.

In addition to taking psychoanalytic training and treatment out to the community, the Institute aims to deepen an understanding of diversity and inclusiveness among tomorrow’s psychoanalysts.  Created in 1991 to help children and families at a small independent elementary school in Harlem, HFI seeks to draw individuals of all cultures and backgrounds as it helps them develop psychoanalytic skills in working with children, parents, adolescents and other adults. It operates small neighborhood therapy sites in schools, community centers and houses of worship in Harlem and Upper Manhattan. It offers evening classes and supervision in faculty members’ offices. It also offers supervised clinical-experience programs for students in graduate programs in psychology, LMSWs and others. The Institute is currently working to develop a bigger Harlem clinical and child-development operation, where it hopes to offer not only individual psychoanalytic work and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children, but also group work for pregnant women, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, Reflective-Network Therapy Nurseries for Preschoolers, and adolescent groups.

If you hold a graduate degree in any discipline and would like to become a psychoanalyst equipped to work with children, families, adolescents and adults in Harlem and nearby communities of New York’s great’s diversity, this event will help you get started by learning about the Institute and our training programs.

To register for HFI’s Open House, Saturday May 6, please click on this Zoom link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcOCpqz4uHNwxY8JsXU-Bv9Uz7SJfDdz-

May 21: A Workshop in Trauma-Response Guided Activity Workbooks for clinicians and educators

“My Book About the War and Terror in Ukraine” offers psychological first aid to displaced and traumatized children and families during the war in Ukraine

The continuing war and terror in Ukraine have caused havoc and suffering for millions of Ukrainians by killing, maiming, terrorizing and displacing them from their homes.  Here at the Harlem Family (Psychoanalytic) Institute in New York we are also all too familiar with atrocities. We know about lynchings, the genocide of Native Americans, rape, mutilations and transgenerational horrors in our own neighborhoods. We have an Acute Trauma Response Service (named after the first African American woman psychoanalyst) and have been regularly presenting extraordinary workshops, including powerful videos of how psychoanalysts can listen, give voice to, understand and sometimes deeply strengthen the lives of child and family victims. 

“My Book About the War and Terror in Ukraine,” a new Guided-Activity Workbook aimed at helping young war victims deal with the trauma of recent events

To help guide caregivers and therapists, child & adolescent psychoanalyst Gilbert Kliman, MD, with several co-authors and translators, has prepared a new guided-activity workbook: My Book About the War and Terror in Ukraine. (It is based on previous editions, which have helped recovery from natural and human-caused disasters.) Published digitally in numerous languages by the Harlem Family (Psychoanalytic) Institute in New York, it is offered on the Institute’s website. It is part of the Institute’s focus on responding to trauma and loss, whether in New York or elsewhere in our so-often cruel and troubled world.

The workbook provides a structure to help as many children, teens and families in many nations as quickly as possible, whether affected directly or indirectly. 

We are now beginning a series of Saturday trauma-focused workshops for clinicians, educators and others. The workshops will facilitate the use of our psychoanalytic and other caregiver selves and our ways of helping traumatized people. They will focus on real experience of countertransference and technique in catastrophic traumas in many contexts. We welcome and hope to include Ukrainian and other European colleagues and their evolving work.

The Harlem Family (Psychoanalytic) Institute in New York invites you to join us via Zoom for: 

Trauma-Focused Workshops
for Clinicians & Educators

including how to help Ukrainian and other children & families to use 

My Book About the War and Terror in Ukraine

The digital publication is an evidence-based, 98-page, guided-activity workbook designed to support children’s, teens’ and adults’ mental and emotional health amid the war and terror in Ukraine. It is available from the website of the Harlem Family Institute for single-copy download for a donation to the Institute of whatever amount each individual acquirer wishes. It is in English, Ukrainian, Polish, German, French, Italian and Spanish, and soon in Russian. 

Each 90-minute trauma-response workshop will be offered for US$60 on Saturdays. It will be offered free to Ukrainian colleagues who contact us. We begin May 21 at these times: 

5 to 6:30 pm:          Ukraine, Israel

4 to 5:30 pm:          Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Warsaw 

3 to 4:30 pm:          London 

10 to 11:30 am:      New York 

9 to 10:30 am:        Dallas, Chicago

7 to 8:30 am:          San Francisco, Tucson 

10 to 11:30 pm:      Beijing 

The workshops will be offered by child & adolescent psychoanalysts Gilbert Kliman, MD, the lead author on the workbook, and Paula Kliger, PhD, an expert in trauma, disaster and crisis response. 

Dr. Gilbert Kliman, MD
Dr. Paula Kliger, PhD

Click here to register on Eventbrite

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Email: hfi.admin@harlemfamilyinstitute.org | Website: https://harlemfamilyinstitute.org.

The Harlem Family Institute

continues its Saturday Talks series, 

Harlem’s Psychoanalytic Renaissance”

Indigenous and Still Here:

Reclaiming and Reconnecting our Narrative 

with Reflective Network Therapy

with Kathryn McCormick, MA, LMFT

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Saturday, April 30 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm ET 

via Zoom

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The program offers 2.5 New York State continuing-education contact-hour credits 

for New York State Licensed Psychoanalysts and Social Workers.
It also offers Certificates of Attendance. Details below.

Kathryn McCormick, MA, LMFT

About This Presentation

This presentation will highlight how an evidence-based, psychoanalytically-informed treatment method called Reflective Network Therapy (RNT) helps children and their natural networks (parents/caregivers, teachers and classmates) heal the experiences of intergenerational trauma, grief and loss, and the role that forming a coherent narrative plays in treatment.  Perspectives in working with Indigenous and First Nations peoples will be considered.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe an understanding of the role of colonization in the transmission of intergenerational trauma. 
  • Clarify and articulate the benefits that an evidenced-based psychoanalytic treatment method called Reflective Network Therapy (RNT) can bring children who have experienced intergenerational grief, loss and trauma and/or developmental disturbances.           
  • Explore how Indigenous and First Nations preschoolers, their caregivers and tribal communities can experience healing from the impact of intergenerational grief, loss, and trauma through the process of building epistemic trust and the formation of a coherent narrative.

About Kathryn McCormick

Kathryn McCormick, MA, LMFT, CMHS, EMMHS, is a bilingual (Spanish) child analyst and an advanced candidate in adult training at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.  She has worked for over two decades in a northwest tribal community as a clinician, including for over 10 years as the Administrative Clinical Supervisor of a tribal Child, Youth and Family (CYF) Mental Wellness Program. For the past six years, she has served as the Administrative Clinical Supervisor of the tribes’ Birth to Five Center, and as the head and lead clinician in the psychoanalytically informed, evidence-based Reflective Network Therapy (RNT) program for children (aged 2½-5) challenged with trauma, developmental delays and/or social, emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. 

Internationally, Kathryn has held numerous administrative and executive positions with IPSO (the candidate organization of the IPA) including as the former IPSO VP Elect of North America – 2013-2015, IPSO VP of North America – 2015-2017, IPSO President Elect 2017-2019, and most recently IPSO President, 2019-2021. 

Additionally, she has held several positions in the IPA both on the IPA IPSO Relations Committee (IIRC) from 2013-2020, IPA Health in the Community Committee.

Kathryn currently serves on the IPA Education in the Community Committee.  


Spotlight on HFI’s New Community Outreach

This presentation is part of our multifaceted new
Community Outreach programs, including:

  • This Saturday Talks series, Harlem’s Psychoanalytic Renaissance, on many Saturdays at 11:30 am ET, featuring leaders on issues of diversity, discrimination, social justice, human rights and other global, community and individual needs.
  • A weekly clinical discussion group, Bridging the Harlem Family Institute and the Community,for neighborhood clinicians, clergy and teachers, led by Paula Kliger, PhD, and Neil Altman, PhD.
  • The Margaret Morgan Lawrence Acute Trauma-Response Service providing especially veteran psychoanalysts to help those suffering after traumatic events, led by Gilbert Kliman, MD, and Paula Kliger, PhD.
  • The Institute is also working to launch a service for young children, Reflective Network Therapy in Preschool Classrooms, created by Gilbert Kliman, MD. We seek preschools, daycare centers and child clinical centers interested in collaborating with us.

Further announcements about these efforts will follow.


Registration 

To support the Harlem Family Institute’s work, we are charging attendees $60 for this event. Registration takes place via Eventbrite and you will receive the Zoom link by email prior to the event.

Discounts are available for unlicensed candidates at psychoanalytic training institutes and unlicensed students who can demonstrate this status and for whom this fee would be a hardship.

Click Here to register via Eventbrite


CE Contact-Hour Credits & Certificates of Attendance

New York State Continuing Education Contact-Hour Credits will be available for New York State Licensed Psychoanalysts and Social Workers who attend the entirety of the presentation and remain on screen throughout. HFI Certificates of Attendance will also be available on the same basis. Please note that we can offer CE credits only to Licensed Psychoanalysts and Social Workers currently licensed in the State of New York. Other licensed clinicians should check with their licensing agencies to see if the agency will accept an HFI Certificate of Attendance.

CE contact-hour credits will be granted only to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form who have registered for them. No partial credit will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 2.5 Contact-Hour CE credits. Certificates of Attendance will be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program who have registered for them. 

The Harlem Family Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts, #P-0048. The Institute is recognized by the same Board as an approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, #SW-0648. 

The Harlem Family Institute is deeply committed to diversity as it trains candidates from many different backgrounds to become psychoanalysts through clinical work in underserved communities. It is authorized to train anyone with a master’s degree in any field recognized by the NY State Education Department. Graduates may sit the state licensing exam in psychoanalysis upon graduation. The Institute is especially interested in issues of diversity and discrimination in race, ethnicity and gender and works especially with children and families as well as with adults in Harlem and other underserved communities.


Cancellations: Professionals who are unable to attend a course for which they have registered may obtain a 60% refund through Eventbrite up to 24 hours before the class. Less than one day, no tuition will be refunded. If you are in need of further assistance with a refund, please contact the Institute (hfi.admin@harlemfamilyinstitute.org) in writing. 
Disclosure Information:None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Recording: As the presentation will be recorded, participants’ registration and attendance represent their permission to be recorded and for their name and/or image to be included in subsequent presentations of the recording.


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Next in our Harlem’s Psychoanalytic Renaissance series of Saturday talks: “Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads” with Dr. Harriet Wolfe, MD

Saturday Feb. 26 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm ET

via Zoom

Detail, Vincent Smith’s “The Movers and the Shakers” mural at 125th St. 2-3 line subway stop, Harlem.

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On Saturday, February 26, our virtual Harlem’s Psychoanalytic Renaissance Saturday Talks series continues with the illustrious Dr. Harriet Wolfe, MD, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association, speaking on “Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads.”

In a time of growing awareness of social justice problems and structural racism, how can psychoanalysis take action as part of the solution?

The next few years will be especially important for psychoanalysis. As Fred Busch proposes in a book he is editing: It is a time to be thinking about Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads. The profession has an early and venerable history of commitment to social issues and social justice. In recent decades, it has engaged in a more limited focus on its functions and a preoccupation with internal controversies over training standards and theoretical differences.

The Harlem Psychoanalytic Renaissance offers a timely and deeply important opportunity to consider the possible role of psychoanalysis in moving members of the general public to recognize the impact of social inequity, economic need, cultural discrimination, prejudice, and environmental crisis on the development of individual and group minds. False beliefs are becoming so-called “facts.”

One role of psychoanalytic activism is the correction of false facts. False beliefs include the idea that therapists and people of color have equal access to mental health care, including psychoanalytic treatment and psychoanalytic training.

The Harlem Psychoanalytic Renaissance will be discussed as an example of the potential for a psychoanalytic commitment to social issues through treatment, community outreach, and training. Its growth will support psychoanalytic values important to society: truth, insight, freedom of thought, and justice for individuals and groups.

About Dr. Harriet Wolfe

Harriet Wolfe, M.D., is President of the International Psychoanalytical Association, Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. 

Her scholarly interests include clinical applications of psychoanalytic research, organizational processes, female development, and therapeutic action. She has a longstanding commitment to psychoanalytic public health intervention. She has co-authored several guided-activity workbooks for children, parents and teachers to help children cope with natural and manmade disasters.

She teaches analysts-in-training, psychiatric residents, and junior faculty psychodynamic understandings of severely ill patients and the value of listening to listening in the clinical setting. She has a private practice of psychoanalysis, and individual and couple’s psychoanalytic psychotherapy in San Francisco.

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Registration

To support the Harlem Family Institute’s work, we are charging attendees $60 for this event. Registration takes place via Eventbrite and you will receive the Zoom link by email prior to the event.

Discounts are available for unlicensed candidates at psychoanalytic training institutes who can demonstrate this status and for whom this fee would be a hardship.

Click Here to register via Eventbrite

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CE Contact-Hour Credits & Certificates of Attendance

New York State Continuing Education Contact-Hour Credits will be available for New York State Licensed Psychoanalysts and Social Workers who attend the entirety of the presentation and remain on screen throughout. HFI Certificates of Attendance will also be available on the same basis. Please note that we can offer CE credits only to Licensed Psychoanalysts and Social Workers currently licensed in the State of New York.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe and trace the early evolution of a socially conscious and responsible psychoanalysis, exploring the conception and implementation of “free clinics” as pragmatic solutions to making treatment more accessible to all people.
  1. Participants will be able to identify and describe the structural changes in psychoanalysis, from its varied location within Europe and the U.S., as an institution and culture, as an evolving profession with multiple theoretical perspectives and practices.
  1. Participants will be able to describe the current arguments around whether “community psychoanalysis” or “applied psychoanalysis” is “pure gold” psychoanalytic work.
  1. Participants will be able to identify at least two psychoanalysts whose historical or current role in social activism influenced the psychoanalytic focus on “the complexities of societal suffering.”
  2. Participants will be able to link the mission / activism / practices of early psychoanalysts, addressing transgenerational trauma, social injustice and inequity, discrimination, marginalization, and stress-based human suffering, to current efforts to do the same by psychoanalysts engaged in “bridging psychoanalysis and the community.”

CE contact-hour credits will be granted only to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form who have registered for them. No partial credit will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted2 hour Contact-Hour CE credits. Certificates of Attendance will be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program who have registered for them. 

The Harlem Family Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts, #P-0048. The Institute is recognized by the same Board as an approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, #SW-0648. 

Introducing the “Saturday Talks” Community Outreach Series

Saturday, January 22, 2022 marks the first in an ongoing series of conversations on Harlem’s Psychoanalytic Renaissance, featuring leaders on issues of diversity, discrimination, social justice, human rights and other global, community and individual needs.

“And How Are the Children?”

Intergenerational Trauma and the Development of Black Children in America 

with Kirkland Vaughans, PhD

and Discussants

Paula Kliger, PhD, Sherwood McPhaul, LCSW-R, and Warren Spielberg, PhD

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~ Saturday January 22, 11:30 a.m. to 2 pm ET by Zoom ~

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Meet our panelists:

Kirkland Vaughans

KIRKLAND VAUGHANS, PhD – the Harlem Family Institute’s Honorary Dean and former Board Chairman – is a clinical psychologist and Fellow/ training and supervising Analyst of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and at the Harlem Family Institute. He is Adjunct Professor in both the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the Mitchell Relational Study Center, as well as Clinical Director of the Derner/Hempstead Child Clinic and Senior Adjunct Professor at the Derner School of Psychology. He is the founding Editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-edited the two-volume “The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents” and has published articles on generational trauma and the school-to-prison pipeline. In addition, he maintains a private practice in New York City with adolescents and adults.

Paula Christian-Kliger

PAULA CHRISTIAN-KLIGER, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified psychologist and a psychoanalyst who founded Psychological Assets, PC and Kliger Consulting Group, LLC, more than 30 years ago. Having a broad professional practice, she works with children/adolescents and adults, with families, organizations, and communities, from diverse social, generational, and cultural backgrounds. She specializes in complex cases involving people who have suffered from multiple crises, disaster, and/or historical and transgenerational trauma and other stress-based adversities. She is a leadership and organizational consultant. Dr. Kliger was awarded a 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist Award in Poetry and Illustrations for “Power Your Heart, You Power Your Mind: Self Study, Then Build a Bridge to Someone.” found on Amazon.

Sherwood McPhaul

SHERWOOD McPHAUL, LCSW-R, is a graduate of New York University, Silver School of Social Work, and a graduate of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP), where he is on faculty, a supervising psychoanalyst, and Director of the One-Year Program: Psychoanalysis in the Sociopolitical World. He is committee chair of the MIP Sexuality and Gender Initiative (SGI) and is an active member on the MIP Committee on Race & Ethnicity (CORE). Sherwood is an adjunct clinical professor at Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work and is a private practicing psychoanalyst in New York City’s East Village/Union Square area working with adolescents and adults, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and complex/intergenerational trauma with a focus on interpersonal psychoanalytic theory, race & racism, sexuality & gender.

Warren Spielberg

WARREN SPIELBERG, PhD, Fulbright Scholar, psychologist, psychoanalyst is an Associate Teaching Professor at the New School in New York. He is also visiting faculty at the William Alanson White Child and Adolescent Training Program and faculty at the Adelphi University Trauma Program.  In addition he is visiting  teaching fellow at the Child Institute at  Al Quds University on the West Bank. He is Co-Editor of  “The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents- Two Volumes,” Praeger 2015.  He is also the co-author of  the coming report  “Making the Connections – Male Norms and Trauma” published by  NGO PROMUNDO GLOBAL, an international NGO that works to promote gender equity and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in healthy practices in partnership with women and girls. He is the recipient of the Practitioner of the Year Award by the APA for his work with the FDNY after 9/11. His consultative work has included the U.N. Office of Migration, UNICEF, the NYC Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative and the Obama Foundation.


Pay & Register Here

To support the Harlem Family Institute’s work, we are charging attendees $60 for this event. Registration is a two-step processBreaks are available for unlicensed candidates at psychoanalytic training institutes who can demonstrate this status and for whom this fee would be a hardship.

1. Click here and pay $60 on the Donate button. State that the payment is for the Kirkland Vaughans presentation.

2. Register here for the event, providing information requested if you want CE credits or a Certificate of Attendance. Details below.

CE Contact-Hour Credits & Certificates of Attendance

NY State Continuing Education Contact-Hour Credits will be available for Licensed Psychoanalysts and Social Workers who attend the entirety of the presentation and remain on screen throughout. HFI Certificates of Attendance will also be available on the same basis.


The program offers 2.5 NY State continuing-education contact-hour credits for Licensed Psychoanalysts and Social Workers.
It also offers Certificates of Attendance. Details below.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify how structural racism impedes the potential mentalization of Black children.

2. Participants will be able to describe two factors of the educational systems that contribute to and transmit inequality.

3. Participants will be able to appreciate that, of all the punishments leveled against those who were enslaved, the most hideous for them was “Loss”

4. Participants will be able to identify the historical basis for the “school to prison pipeline,” its profit motive, and its continued destructive nature on Black children and their families. 

5. Participants will be able to identify at least two psychoanalysts whose role in social activism influenced the outcome.

Contact-hour CE credits will be granted only to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form who have registered for them. No partial credit will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 2.5 hour Contact-Hour CE credits. Certificates of Attendance will be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program who have registered for them. 

The Harlem Family Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts, #P-0048. The Institute is recognized by the same Board as an approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, #SW-0648.

New Guided-Activity Workbook Offers Mental Health First Aid to Children During Wildfires in California

Dr. Gil Kliman’s acclaimed series of interactive tools for promoting emotional processing and resilience after traumatic events has a new entry.

Help for children facing anxiety and trauma is an urgent issue. All around the world, the natural disasters of the past year and a half have had an immense impact on young people’s mental health.

HFI Chairman Dr. Gil Kliman has developed a series of Guided Activity Workbooks for young people in the wake of such disasters. In these books, children and adolescents find a safe space to work through their feelings, record their experiences, and begin to make sense of what has happened. The books can also serve as diagnostic tools for mental health professionals to identify signs of trauma that may need more intensive treatment. A recent edition deals with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest entry in the series focuses on the California wildfires, and is available HERE through the Children’s Psychological Health Center.

Based on Dr. Kliman’s own Reflective Network Therapy and backed up by decades of experience and evidence-based findings in disaster response, this workbook is for everyone grades K-12 and their families, educators, and caregivers. It encourages learning and healthy emotional expression, introduces young people to appropriate coping and recovery skills, and encourages scientific thinking.