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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

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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. 

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.