19th Annual Conference – 2013

Psychotherapy Contextualized: Culture, Reality, Self & Other

with Kimberlyn Leary, PhD and Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

This program took place on May 4, 2013


This conference meets the APA requirements for Cultural Diversity


Psychotherapists are increasingly cognizant that client narratives, therapist responses, and the therapeutic relationship are embedded in their broader socio-cultural, economic, and political contexts. These contexts influence: how we define psychological problems; what we listen for and “hear”; which ideas, events, and relationships are illuminated or “ignored”; which behaviors are considered permissible or “inappropriate”; and how we make sense of processes unfolding within the therapeutic space. Acknowledging that contextual factors impact the development and subjectivities of both the client and therapist can reduce unconscious enactments of our unexamined cultural assumptions. Through increased awareness and by embracing various forms of differences, therapeutic efficacy is enhanced.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this conference participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate how attending to both clients’ and therapists’ socio-cultural contexts and experiences can enrich understanding and deepen our empathic connection with our clients.
  2. Identify three (3) ways in which psychoanalytic theory informs and deepens culturally competent practices in psychotherapy.
  3. Identify a strategy that can be used to integrate socio-cultural and contextual information in the conceptualization of presenting issues and treatment planning.
  4. Define a model of adaptive challenge as it applies to clinical work pertaining to difference.
  5. Explain a process by which racial constructs in America inform individual and institutional psychology.
  6. Identify specific ways in which therapists’ own struggles, privileges and socio-cultural backgrounds and perspectives, including implicit cultural associations, can influence the unfolding of the therapeutic relationship with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

This conference is appropriate for all levels of expertise.

Conference Schedule

8:15 am Coffee & Registration
8:45 am Welcome
9:00 am Introduction & Presentation,
Kimberlyn Leary PhD
How Race Is Constructed in Contemporary Culture & the Implications for Psychotherapy
9:35 am Moderated Discussion
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Small Group Discussions
12:00 pm Lunch at the 4-H Conference Center
1:15 pm Introduction & Presentation, Usha Tumma-Narra PhD
Exploration of Socio-Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy & Inclusion of Cultural Competence As a Core Principle of Psychodynamic Therapy
1:50 pm Moderated Discussion
2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm Small Group Discussions
4:15 pm Plenary & Moving Forward
5:00 pm Conference Ends

Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, ABPP is Chief Psychologist and Director of Psychology Training at the Cambridge Health Alliance and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her publications address relational perspectives and racial and cultural issues. Her 1997 paper on race and self-disclosure won the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Karl Menninger Prize. In 2010, Dr. Leary was awarded the APA’s Division 39 award for clinical scholarship. She sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD  is Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College and a Teaching Associate at the Cambridge Health Alliance at Harvard Medical School. She presents nationally and publishes on topics of immigration, ethnic issues, trauma, and psychodynamic psychotherapy with a focus on racial and ethnic discrimination. Dr. Tummala-Narra is currently Chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee, and on the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Presidential Task Force on Immigration for the APA’s Division 39.


Two ways to register:

To pay with credit card, register at EventBrite

To pay with a check, mail this registration form with your check to:

The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis,  4601 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008

For questions:  telephone: 202.686.9300, email: icpeastadmin@att.net


Early Registration (on or before March 23):

ICP&P Members $160
Non-members $185
Students* $65

Late Registration (after March 23):

ICP&P Members $175
Non-members $200
Students* $80

* To be eligible for student fee, present a valid ID showing current student status at an institution of higher learning or a letter from your training institute.

Meal Choice: Vegetarian non-Vegetarian

Refunds will be made, less a $30 processing fee, to participants who cancel their registration on or before April 20. No refunds will be made after that date.

Continuing Education Credits

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ICP&P) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP&P is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP&P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP&P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP&P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 6 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP&P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP&P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicans should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Kimberlyn Leary and Usha Tummala-Narra have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Additionally, the presenters have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during this presentation. This presentation will not contain any references to off-label (non-FDA-approved) use of products or devices.