Lynne Layton – Intersectionality, unconscious processes, and racial enactments

Lynne Layton – Intersectionality, unconscious processes, and racial enactments

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Macht Auditorium

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Date(s) - 12/14/2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Intersectional analysis has been a hallmark of the theorizing of feminist women of color from Sojourner Truth to the Combahee River Collective to the work of historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham and critical legal race scholar Kimberlè Crenshaw. As an analysis not only of simultaneously interlocking local and global oppressions but of the way these oppressions are subjectively and relationally lived in specific historical contexts, intersectional analysis can be fruitfully articulated with and expanded on by analyzing conscious and unconscious relational experiences in the clinic. The talk offers several examples of the importance of viewing clinical material through an intersectional lens. Layton articulates an intersectional analysis with her concept of normative unconscious process, which focuses on the ways that clinicians and patients, as well as psychoanalytic institutions, unconsciously reproduce simultaneously interlocking local and global oppressions. Following the paper, Sarah Moon will offer reflections in conversation with Lynne Layton.

The more clinicians are aware of their own and their patients’ location within power hierarchies, the less likely they are unconsciously to reinforce the wounds wrought by cultural inequalities rather than work to explore and challenge such wounds.

Presenter – Lynne Layton, Ph.D.

Discussant-  Sarah Moon, Psy. D.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

9:30AM – 12:30PM

FREE

Macht Auditorium, Cambridge Hospital

LynneLayton, Ph.D. is a MIP graduate and supervisor; Assistant Clinical Professor, Part-Time, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Adjunct Faculty in the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and founder of Reflective Spaces/Material Places-Boston
Sarah H. Moon, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Brookline, MA, and adjunct psychologist at the Danielsen Institute of Boston University. She is a diversity, social justice, and inclusion consultant and educator, and a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Dr. Moon has published on the topics of cultural humility for people of color, intercultural competence, spirituality, and humility.

For social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and licensed mental health care providers with introductory, intermediate, or advanced understanding of this topic

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe an intersectional understanding of the formation and enactment of identity categories.

2. Recognize and identify internal processing of information regarding identity categories.

3. Recognize and describe enactments that develop due to the formation of identity categories and develop an ability to change them.

Suggested readings

1.Crenshaw, K. (1989) Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. Chicago Legal Forum, Iss. 1, Article  https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=uclf

  1. Layton, L. (2006). Racial identities, racial enactments, and normative unconscious processes. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LXXV (1):237–269.
  1. Layton, L. (2019) Transgenerational hauntings: Towards a social psychoanalysis and an ethic of dis-illusionment. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 29(2): 105-121.
  2. Layton, L. (2015) Beyond sameness and difference: Normative unconscious process and our mutual implication in each other’s suffering. In: Goodman, D. and Freeman, M. (eds.) Psychology and the Other. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 168-188.

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Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

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