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


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


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.