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20:15 - 22:00


British Psychotherapy Foundation
37 Mapesbury Road
London, NW2 4HJ
United Kingdom

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jung forum: race, power and intimacy: understanding the crosscurrents surrounding patient and analyst

This event is open to all bpf members and trainees. It counts as 1.5 CPD hours.

In the current climate it has become imperative for therapists to engage with aspects of race, racism, and racialisation, as they manifest both in the wider world and in the consulting room. But how do these play out unconsciously? Both parties in the analytic dyad have their personal histories and complexes, and the intersubjective field is where the mutual activation of these takes place in analysis. However, there are also cultural complexes at play, pre-determined and historical, yet still alive and affecting both parties. If the patient’s ancestors were enslaved by the nation of the analyst’s ancestors, how might this get enacted in the consulting room? Such dynamics are further complicated when we are working with biraciality.

Ruth will read her paper ‘Race, power and intimacy in the intersubjective field: the intersection of racialised cultural complexes and personal complexes’, in which she discusses her work with a biracial woman of Caribbean and white British heritage. There will be the opportunity for conversation following the reading.


about the speaker

Ruth Calland is a professional member of the British Jungian Analytic Association, working in private practice in London. She teaches on the Psychotherapy Today course at the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She runs a peer support group for therapists working with dissociative identity disorder in private practice and is also a professional artist.


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