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Slavery's Shadow: Racism in the American Psyche, Part II  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D., & Jeffrey Prager, Ph.D. (Pre-registration has closed)


Two 2016 documentary films, 13th and I Am Not Your Negrooffer stimulating opportunity for both formal and facilitated audience discussion of racism in the American psyche today. 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar), focuses on race in the United States criminal justice system. The film speaks to the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to outlaw slavery. Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro presents a political statement and probes the mind of James Baldwin, a notable 20th century writer and social critic. It portrays both an unusual and striking cinematic biography with a specific mission of showing America through the eyes of an African American, scattering shreds of hope amid horror, exasperation and disgust. Excerpts of both films will inform the discussion of speakers and audience.

Veronica Abney will present a paper entitled, "So Much for a Post-Racial America." Slavery's shadow remains in place because America is still not ready to face its crime, apologize to the ancestors of slaves and make reparations. This paper will look at the continuing legacy of slavery for black Americans and why the divide between blacks and whites remains as suggested in the films 13th and I Am Not Your Negro

Jeffrey Prager will present a paper entitled, "Racism, Reparations and the White Mind: A Psychoanalytic Perspective,” on American racism as a politics of anti-love intended to fend off feelings of remorse, guilt, apology and reconciliation. This is an exploration of the white mind, a critical contributor throughout America's history to white domination and black subordination. What might a politics of love look like in a new epoch of antagonism and disavowal of racism? 

Thomas Brod and Apurva Shah will facilitate a Discussion With The Audience.
Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

• Increase competency and insight in relating to patients/clients from diverse populations

• Explore the range of psychodynamics of racism such as projection, splitting, dehumanization, rage, resentment, and compliance/defiance

• Identify the influence of intergenerational transmission of “race” consciousness on members of diverse groups

• Recognize how film can reinforce or break racial stereotypes in the American psyche

• Apply increased awareness of racism and power dynamics in the patient and the therapist


Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D., an ICP training and supervising analyst in private practice in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, was the 2015-16 Co-President of ICP. Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma. Her research interest is the history of African American Psychoanalysts in the United States.

Jeffrey Prager, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at UCLA, former Co-Dean and a Training and Supervising Analyst at NCP, and maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills. He has been teaching and writing on American race relations for many years, including Melancholia and the Racial Order: A Psychosocial Analysis of America's Enduring Racism, presented at NCP’s Slavery’s Shadow program in February 2015.

Organized and Facilitated by:

Thomas Brod, M.D., Co-Director of the NCP Film and Mind Series, is Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, and Senior Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis. His private practice is in West Los Angeles.
Apurva Shah, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist practicing in Palmdale and an Associate member of NCP. He is co-director of the NCP Film and Mind Series. He is Director and Faculty at the Antarnad Foundation, a psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program in Ahmedabad, India.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM • 3.5 CE Credits

$50 Early Bird Special by 3/6/17

$75 Pre-Registration, $85 at the door, $35 student rate




IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of these CME/CE programs have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates these Live Activities for the maximum of 4 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for its programs and content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an approved provider for continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs (provider # PCE 674). These courses meet the qualifications for 2 continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity may be claimed for credit.


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the

California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may

claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.



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