Featuring  Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Saturday, May 4, 2024
10:00 am-4:15 pm (US Eastern/New York Time)
Virtual Zoom Event

5.5 Diversity CEs will be offered


Dr. Tummala-Narra will lead conference participants to question and begin to revise many of the historical primary narratives of psychoanalytic thinking. Specifically, she will discuss the ways racial trauma impacts and integrates itself into intrapsychic and interpersonal narratives, examining lived experience in all its complexity including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and ableism. Dr. Tummala-Narra will share her research regarding the influence of colonization on contemporary developmental theory and propose a culturally informed, decolonizing approach to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In doing so, she will explore the problem of separating the psyche and the social regarding personality and how personality and social context, particularly manifested in discrimination and stereotyping as they intersect and interact with each other. Psychoanalytic perspectives will be used to highlight the ways in which racism and xenophobia are perpetuated through dominant narratives and social context. Case illustrations will serve to translate theoretical concepts to practice. A small group discussion for a portion of the day will give participants an opportunity to share their reactions and discuss the clinical implications of her recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of racism on the intrapsychic and interpersonal life of clients and therapists.
  2. Identify how the therapeutic relationship can mirror racial dynamics and inequities in broader society.
  3. Describe how colonization and sociocultural trauma shape conceptualizations of human development.
  4. Identify how attention to systemic oppression is critical for moving toward decolonized approaches to psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  5. Describe how personality intersects with sociocultural issues.
  6. State how the therapist’s perceptions of the client’s personality may be influenced by the therapist’s own socialization and prior assumptions.


Akhtar, S. (2014). The mental pain of minorities. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 30(2), 136-153.

Dajani, K.G. (2018). Cultural dislocation and ego functions: Some considerations in the analysis of bi-cultural patients. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 15(1), 16-28.

Holmes, D.E. (2016). Culturally imposed trauma: The sleeping dog has awakened. Will psychoanalysis take heed? Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26(6), 641-654.

Tummala-Narra, P.  (2016). Psychoanalytic theory and cultural competence in psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Tummala-Narra, P. (2020). The fear of immigrants. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 37(1), 50-61.

PLEASE NOTE: Recording in any form of this live streaming event is NOT permitted.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience and offers 5.5 Diversity CEs.

The Conference will take place remotely via Zoom.

About our presenter:

Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Community-Based Education at the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute and Research Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. Her research and scholarship focus on immigration, trauma, race, and culturally-informed psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She is also in Independent Practice, and works primarily with survivors of trauma from diverse sociocultural backgrounds. Dr. Tummala-Narra is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and the Asian American Journal of Psychology. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy (2016) and the editor of Trauma and Racial Minority Immigrants: Turmoil, Uncertainty, and Resistance (2021), both published by the American Psychological Association Books.

About our case presenters:

Naomi Nim, EdD, MS, LPC, BC-DMT is a relational, psychodynamic psychotherapist, and dance/movement therapist in Wash. DC. In addition to her work in community mental health, Naomi has many years of experience working in social justice organizing, inter-group relations, and conflict resolution.

Rodney Orders, MSW, LCSW-C graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a MSW in Social Work in 2003. In 2013, Rodney completed a psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program from the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. Currently Rodney is a member-in-training in the Psychoanalytic Training Program at ICP &P. Rodney works full-time in private practice and is a contractor for ABC News Washington Bureau.

Elaina Vasserman-Stokes, PhD, LPC, PLLC is a child and adult psychoanalyst trained at ICP&P. In her career she has had the privilege of working with people of different ages, cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual identities. She works in private practice with both children and adults.


Conference Fees:

$195ICP+P Members
$100ICP+P First- and Second-Year Members, ICP+P Members-In-Training, ICP+P Fellows, Graduate Student Members, Unaffiliated Students, and Emerging Professionals (those within 5 years of graduate education)
$160International Attendees (Outside US)

For more information, email administrator@icpeast.org. A refund for cancellation is available up to 10 days before the conference.

If the cost of this conference is prohibitive please email ICP+P Administrator at administrator@icpeast.org.

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Continuing education credit: 5.5 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 5.5 CE credits for attending the CE activity. 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 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

* Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD and the planners have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationship 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.

CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session. Full Zoom attendance is required in order to receive CE Credit.