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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


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

via Zoom


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.
  • Lastly, the Institute is merging with the Children’s Psychological Health Center, a public-benefit nonprofit that provides forensic expert services for traumatized persons and guided-activity workbooks for community catastrophe responses throughout the world, as well as training, research and supervision in evidence-based Reflective Network Therapy for disturbed and/or autistic preschoolers. 

Further announcements about these efforts will follow.


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.

The Harlem Family Institute | Admin. Office: 2 Riverside Drive #5D, New York, NY 10023 Phone: 212-920-7965 | Email: hfi.admin@harlemfamilyinstitute.org

BOOK LAUNCH: “White Privilege: Psychoanalytic Perspectives” by Dr. Neil Altman – Saturday, Dec. 12

Dr. Altman will discuss his new book over Zoom on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at 11:30 AM EST, in conversation with integrative arts psychotherapist Eugene Ellis, MA, and child & adult psychoanalyst Ann Marie Sacramone, MSEd, LP.
The book launch will inaugurate the Institute’s new Public Programming, under the leadership of HFI senior Faculty member, Jungian psychoanalyst Dr. Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA, LP.

In “White Privilege: Psychoanalytic Perspectives,” Dr. Altman examines the significant role race and the concept of unearned “white privilege” plays in society and in clinical practice, suggesting that there are hidden assumptions in the idea that perpetuate the very same prejudicial notions that are purportedly being dismantled.

This book examines in depth the polarized, black-and-white, socially constructed racial categories that rest on fallacious ideas of physical or psychological differences among peoples. Neil Altman also critically examines related concepts including privilege, guilt, and power. He suggests that the polarization of our political positions also contribute to stereotyping between people with different political leanings, foreclosing mutual respect, dialogue and understanding. Finally, Dr. Altman’s book explores in detail the implications for the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Drawing on Neil Altman’s rich clinical experience and many years of engaging with racial and societal problems, the book offers a new agenda for understanding and offering analytic practice in contemporary society.

Admission cost: a donation of any amount to the nonprofit Harlem Family Institute

Dr. Neil AltmanPhD, is a member of the faculty at the William Alanson White institute in New York. He is Joint Editor Emeritus of “Psychoanalytic Dialogues: the International Journal of Relational Perspectives,” and a member of the editorial board at “Ricerca Psicoanalitica,” “The Journal of Child Psychotherapy,” “The Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy” and “The International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.” He is a member of the Harlem Family (Psychoanalytic) Institute’s Advisory Council.

He is author of “The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture through a Psychoanalytic Lens” (Routledge, 2010) and “Psychoanalysis in Times of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization” (Routledge, 2015). He has written numerous articles on clinical work with underserved and marginalized people, as well as his new “White Privilege: Psychoanalytic Perspectives” (Routledge, 2020).

Eugene EllisMA, Dip. PSA accredited, is an integrative arts psychotherapist practicing in the U.K. He has worked for many years with severely traumatized children and their families in the field of adoption and fostering, as well as in private practice. He has a special interest in body-orientated therapies and is also the founder of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network.

His coming book “The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue,” explores not just the cognitive and historical development of the race construct but also focuses specifically on the nonverbal communication of race, both as a means of social control and as an essential part of navigating oppressive patterns.

He is the author of many articles, including Silenced: the Black Student ExperienceTowards a Rainbow-Coloured Therapeutic CommunityUpdating Psychotherapy training: equality and diversity issues in psychotherapy training and Why strong black people do go counselling (Voice newspaper).

Ann Marie SacramoneMSEd, LP, is Chair of the Schools committee at the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Co-Chair of the Child, Adolescent and Parent Committee at the International Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is also a senior faculty member at the Harlem Family (Psychoanalytic) Institute

The basis of Ms. Sacramone’s approach to fostering change with clients is based on the developmental processes that we understand through neuroscience, video microanalysis and attachment research. We influence and respond to each other when we interact with each other. Over time, those interactions can change how we think, feel, work, play and have relationships.

In her practice, Ms. Sacramone views that influence, response and change as a  therapeutic process. She practices that process in ways that lead to the vital growth of the client.  Part of that vital growth is the development of rich and fulfilling relationships in love and work. Ms. Sacramone treats adults and children.  In addition to her private practice, she has designed innovative models for school and community interventions that help both children and adults.

She has published and presented widely on psychoanalytic perspectives and applications in large social groups.A selected list can be found here.

Dr. Fanny BrewsterPhD, MFA, LP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Philadelphia. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and is a New York State Licensed Psychoanalyst and Certified SchoolPsychologist. She is a senior faculty member at the Harlem Family (Psychoanalytic) Institute, where she is establishing the Institute’s new Public Programs. 

She is the author of several recent books, including The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race,” 2019; Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss,” 2018; and African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows,” 2017.