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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: 


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: 


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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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.

Continuing Education: An Afternoon with Dr. Fanny Brewster – “The Racial Complex: Race, Racism and Cultural Complexes” – Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

Fanny Brewster, PhD (Psych.), MFA, LP

The Racial Complex:  Race, Racism and Cultural Complexes

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, from 1:00-2:30 pm

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The Harlem Family Institute presents an afternoon with
Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA, LP

Just as the colored man lives in your cities and even within your houses, so also he lives under your skin, subconsciously.  Naturally it works both ways.  Just as every Jew has a Christ complex, so every Negro has a white complex and every American (white) a Negro complex.

– C.G. Jung Collected Works, Vol. 10, para 963.

As we encounter the issue of race and therefore racism, witnessing the constellation of cultural complexes in actions of racial violence, marching protests and global engagement, it appears important to visit the Jungian concept of psychological complexes.  Jung’s early work on the “color” complex, what I have named the racial complex, has with few exceptions, not been reviewed and investigated for almost one hundred years.  Jung’s early attempt to define ethnicity and culture within the context of a racial complex, had the hallmark of 19th Century colonial-influenced thinking.  As we work within a 21st century consciousness, we are required to deconstruct psychological theories that are relevant specifically to Jungian psychology and in general to the field of Psychoanalysis.  This deconstruction allows us to question, inquire of and re-define both the interior unconscious space of complexes, and the exterior relationship with a differing cultural/ethnic “Other,” in deepening our understanding of racial relationships within the clinical setting.

The program offers 1.5 continuing education credits for Licensed Psychoanalysts. 

Dr. Brewster is a Jungian analyst and Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and is a New York State Licensed Psychoanalyst and Certified School Psychologist. She is a senior faculty member at the Harlem Family (Psychoanalytic) Institute, where she is establishing the Institute’s new Public Programs. She is also the author of several recent books, including:

 The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race, 2019, nominated for the 2020 Gradiva Award; 

Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss2018; and

 African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows, 2017.  


1.  Learn C.G. Jung’s general theory of psychological complexes and its applicability to clinical practice in terms of the Transference relationship.

2.  Learn two characteristics of C.G. Jung’s “color”/ racial complex, its theoretical history and contemporary influence on the development of cultural group process.

3.  Define C.G. Jung’s perspective on the American collective societal issue of racism as described in his Collected Works writings from the 1930s.

Registration: $60
To register: Pay $60 here via the Donate button, and then register here.

To receive CE credits, participants must be visible at all times during the presentation.

Cancellations: Professionals who are unable to attend a course for which they have registered may obtain a 60% refund if they notify the Registrar (emily.forche@hfi.nyc) in writing, no later than 24 hours before the class. Less than one day, no tuition will be refunded.

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.