MITCHELL CENTER NEWS



Steven Kuchuck, DSW, published The Relational Revolution with Karnac Books. Visit Karnac Books to order a copy and get 25% off with code KUCHUCK25.

Congratulations to Kirkland Vaughans, PhD, for receiving the APA Division 39 Diversity Award.

Kirkland Vaughans

Kirkland Vaughans is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City where he specializes in the treatment of boys of Color from all social strata. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the co-editor of the two volumes, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. He is also senior adjunct professor at the Derner School of Psychology and the director of both the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the Derner Hempstead Child Clinic. He further serves as a visiting faculty member and Honorary Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), as well as an adjunct faculty appointment at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is a retired school psychologist and the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers for Children's Mental Health of Brooklyn as well as former Chairman of the Board of the Harlem Family Institute, and a founding member of Black Psychoanalyst Speak. He has presented at over 125 conferences and panel discussions on issues pertaining White racism, generational transmission of trauma among African Americans, the school to prison pipeline for boys and girls of Color.

Dear Mitchell Center community,

We are thrilled to present our first issue as Joint Editors-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. And we are especially excited to have contributions from one of our One Year Program graduates, Shari Appollon, as well as several Mitchell Center faculty.

In this inaugural issue, we showcase a series of articles by both senior and emerging writers that continue the journal's rich Relational tradition of cutting edge discourse,while extending and decentering the conversation, interrogating the clinical and sociocultural relevance of our analytic theories, pushing psychoanalysis toward a more just, diverse and equitable future.

In her moving essay, The Triple Entendre, Shari Appollon, now a candidate at NIP, explores aspects of uncanny communication, dissociation and parallel process across several relational realms, weaving in associations to her Haitian grandmother. In her paper, Molly Merson, a candidate at PINC, interrogates whiteness in psychoanalytic spaces including psychoanalytic institutes, which, we believe, can help us deepen our efforts at Postdoc to examine race in our institute, and in psychoanalysis more broadly.

Beverly Burch offers a meditation on the "whitewashed countertransference" with strong discussions by Lynne Layton and June Lee Kwon. In his paper, The Waiting Room as an Extension of the Treatment, Chris Bonovitz queries the underexplored area of the analytic waiting room, with engaging discussions by Adrienne Harris and Steven Cooper that extend our conversation about analytic life during COVID and beyond. Lisa Bertizhoff writes powerfully about her work with migrant children and adolescents in Psychoanalysis In The Meantime.

In this issue, we introduce a new semi-regular series to the journal called, Snapshots, brief vignettes by a range of authors capturing their impressions of a shared sociocultural moment. This first series of Snapshots focuses on international reactions to the US presidential election. In this Issue, another new feature, we aim to offer a preview of content, and a glimpse into our editorial process.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support and good cheer for our appointments as new Joint Editors-in-Chief, and we're delighted to share the TOC of our first issue with you. Congratulations to all of our contributors and thank you to our readers! And we hope that if you are not already a member of IARPP, you will join and receive a complimentary subscription to Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

Enjoy!
Lauren Levine, Amy Schwartz Cooney, Stephen Hartman, and Jack Foehl

Psychoanalytic Dialogues

Offering our programming in an online format has allowed us to reach an ever-expanding circle of clinicians, across the nation as well as internationally. In response to increased demand, we have developed a new program, Relational Theory in Clinical Practice, a 15-session seminar-style online program that introduces students to Relational theory and related clinical applications. Topics include an overview of the development of Relational thinking; multiplicity, dissociation and the Relational model of mind; the Relational unconscious; enactment; Ferenczi and mutuality; trauma, hate, destructiveness; and inter-subjectivity. All classes are taught by Mitchell Center faculty, including both seminal thinkers in the field and newer voices. This program is appropriate for mental health professionals and advanced trainees.

We are pleased to welcome six new faculty members to the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center and are excited for them to participate in our programming. Annabella Bushra, Ph.D, Rossanna Echegoyén, LCSW, Annie Lee Jones, Ph.D., Michelle Stephens, Ph.D., Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D. and Kathleen Pogue White, Ph.D. are distinguished academic-clinicians and seminal contributors to both the ongoing development of Relational theory and to the training of clinicians in the application of that theory to clinical work.




A complete list of the Mitchell Center Faculty can be found here: Faculty Information