public event

start date

16-06-2022

end date

16-06-2022

time

20:00 - 21:30

price

bpf members £ 15.00
bpf trainees £ 10.00
non members & trainees £ 20.00

location

BPF House
Online via zoom
37 Mapesbury Rd
London, NW2 4HJ
United Kingdom

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AUDIENCES WITH AUTHORS: The Work of Whiteness: A Psychoanalytic Perspective with Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan will be discussing her latest book, The Work of Whiteness: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, with Eleanor Mongey, who will be chairing the event.

 ‘Whiteness’ is a politically constructed category which needs to be understood and dismantled because the system of racism so embedded within our society harms us all. It has profound implications for human psychology, an understanding of which is essential for supporting the movement for change. This book explores these implications from a psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic perspective.

The ‘fragility’, the colour-blind approach and the silencing process of disavowal as they develop in the childhood of white liberal families, are considered as means of maintaining white privilege and racism.  A critique of the colonial roots of psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Jung leads to questioning the de-linking of the individual from society in modern day analytic thinking. The concept of the cultural complex is suggested as a useful means of connecting the individual and the social. Examples from the author’s clinical practice as well as from public life used to illustrate the argument.

Relatively few black people join the psychoanalytic profession and those who do describe training and membership as a difficult and painful process. How racism operates in clinical work, supervision and in our institutions is explored and, whilst it can seem an intractable problem, proposals are given for ways forward.

 

Please note this is a hybrid event - if you would like to attend online please specify or if you would prefer to attend at the bpf house please specify. I will send a confirmation email to all registrants a week before to confirm their preference.

 

about the speaker

Helen Morgan is a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a training analyst and supervisor for the British Jungian Analytic Association within the BPF. Her background is in therapeutic communities with adolescents and in adult mental health. She was chair of the British Association of Psychotherapists from 2004 - 2008 and chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council from 2015-18. She has published a number of papers including several on racism, and her book ‘The Work of Whiteness. A psychoanalytic perspective’ was published by Routledge in Spring 2021.


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