Seminar Series



Lisa Lyons, Ph.D. and Hillary Grill, LCSW, Co-Directors

The Seminar Series consists of brief seminars dedicated to understanding and expanding Relational Psychoanalysis. In the spirit of collaborative inquiry fostered by Stephen Mitchell, each seminar is designed as an interactive forum that aims to inspire creative thinking and to bring theory to life. Seminar topics span the gamut from in-depth explorations of foundational relational concepts to cutting-edge psychoanalytic thinking.

Seminars are designed for mental health professionals and trainees and meet for one to three sessions. Our intention is to offer participants an opportunity to explore a topic of interest in a collegial and informal small group setting.

All seminars are taught by Mitchell Center faculty, many of whom are leaders in the field and have contributed to the development of relational theory from its inception.

Race in Clinical Space

Kathleen Pogue White, PhD & Jill Salberg, PhD
Sunday, November 6, 13 & 20, 2022
11a - 12:30pm EST

This seminar attempts to raise awareness of unconscious states of mind around race in clinical work using a variation of the Balint method. This Method utilizes group engagement with a case problem brought by a case holder who describes a clinical vignette. The short narrative can be a significant moment in working with a BIPOC person, either as the therapist or as a supervisor for the therapist. For example, the case holder feels stuck around a particular racial enactment, is puzzled by a racialized countertransference, or is curious about excessive positive or negative feelings towards the BIPOC client/patient. Additionally, if/when both parties in the dyad identify as white, a case holder may have become aware of a gap, an absence of material relating to race.

In response to the case vignette, the group's work is to make their associative life available to the case holder in such a way as to connect to and open up their associative life. The Balint hypothesis is that the unconscious of all participants will be resonant and provide access to new possibilities as to feelings and ways of seeing things.

Each session will consist of 1) An opening group plenary where a vignette is offered by a senior Mitchell Center member describing the presenter's work with a BIPOC patient or with a training case with a BIPOC supervisee. The focus is on collective deep listening to and clarifying the presenter's experience of working and thinking in the area of racial difference. 2) Working in smaller break-out groups, the participants will use their associative life to frame a response to the presenters' posed question. The goal is learning and enlightenment about what race means in the context of clinical work.

Participants (candidates, faculty/supervisors, graduates, and guest colleagues) will commit to attending all three sessions. Readings will be sent out a week in advance.

Kathleen Pogue White, Ph.D., Educator and Reflective Practitioner is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Principal, Pogue White Consultancy, LLC. Kathleen is a Supervising Analyst, Postdoc; Consultant, Holmes Commission, APsaA; Distinguished Member, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations; Founding Member, WAWI Organization Program; Founding Member, Black Psychoanalysts Speak; Founding Member, The Black Clinician Salon. Kathleen authored Surviving Hating and Being Hated (2001).

Jill Salberg, Ph.D., ABPP, is faculty and supervisor at NYU Postdoctoral Program, Mitchell Center, and ICP. Her books include Good Enough Endings: Breaks, Interruptions, and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives (2010) and Psychoanalytic Credo: Personal and Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts (2022). She co-edited with Sue Grand, The Wounds of History: Repair and Resilience in the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma (Gradiva Award 2018).

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-The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0261.
-CE approval for NYS-licensed psychoanalysts (LP) was secured on 11/8/21: The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, LLC 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-0055.
-CE approval for NYS-licensed psychologists (PhD/PsyD) was secured on 1/7/22: The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0152.
Total available credits earned per seminar is 4.5. Full attendance is required for CE credit. Certificates will be sent by email within 2 weeks of conclusion of the program.



Seminars will be closed to registration when full or four days prior to the first session, whichever comes first. All payments are final. In special circumstances refunds may be offered if requested at least one week before the seminar start date. We do not accept checks.

*If you would like to attend a seminar but are unable to afford the fee, please contact us to discuss options.

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