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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.


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.



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.

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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.