Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (ASPP)

A local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association (APA)


Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CFPS)

An institute affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)


Multi-cultural Psychoanalysis

A Clinical Diversity Conference Presented by

Neil Altman, PhD

with a case presentation by Lisa Madsen, M.D.

 Saturday, September 17, 2016                    9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. sign-in)

3 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of clinical diversity for the morning session OR

5.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of clinical diversity for the full-day session


DoubleTree Hotel (SE corner of IH 35 and MLK)

1617 North Interstate 35, Austin, Texas, 78702

University Hall (separate building in back), 1617 IH-35 North, Austin, Texas


Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Relational psychoanalysts seek to locate their personal impact on the patient in clinical psychoanalysis.  One aspect of this impact has to do with the interaction of the cultural and racial identity of patient and analyst. Through lecture and discussion Dr. Altman will address the impact of racial and cultural identity on analyst and patient and most particularly on transference and countertransference.  He will emphasize how the analysis of cultural and racial interaction is essential to the analysis of transference and countertransference. A particular focus will be the blind spots  that can occur when the analyst is white and the patient is not. This presentation will draw on clinical experiences of the presenter and the audience participants.

Learning Objectives

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:

1.       Define culture from a psychoanalytic perspective.

2.       Define race from a psychoanalytic perspective

3.       Define “whiteness” as a racial and cultural category

4.       Identify 3 ways that race effects transference and countertransference.

5.       Identify 3 ways that culture effects transference and countertransference.

6.       Identify the cultural location of psychoanalysis


Neil Altman, PhD is a faculty member at the William Alanson White Institute in New York and at the Ambedkur University of Delhi, India.  He is author of The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class and Culture Through A Psychoanalytic Lens and Psychoanalysis in Times of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization. He is editor Emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, The international Journal of Relational Perspectives, and sits on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, the Journal of Infant, child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the Journal of Child Psychotherapy.  

Lisa Madsen, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Texas A&M Health Sciences Center. Lisa works with adults in psychotherapy and medication management from a relational psychodynamic perspective. She  was a 2012-2013 Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  She recently completed the two-year Studies in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program through the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and Austin. Lisa has served on the ASPP board since 2014, most recently as Education Chair.  

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration, with coffee and tea

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Presentation and workshop

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15-12:30 p.m. Discussion with audience

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch (End of Morning Session)

2:00-3:00 p.m. Case presentation

3:00-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-4:15 p.m. Small group discussion

4:15-4:30 p.m. Wrap up



Altman, N (2010) The Analyst in the Inner City: Race Class and Culture Through a Psychoanalytic Lens.       NY, &London, Routledge

Altman,N (2015)  Psychoanalysis in Times of  Accelerated  Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization, New York and London:Routledge

Baldwin, J  (1983) The Fire Next Time New York Vintage International

Homayonpoor,G. (2014) Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran Cambridge&London MIT Press

Ignatiev.N  (1985)  hey Sweetie How The Irish Became White :NY,Routledge


Conference Location:      DoubleTree Hotel (SE corner of IH 35 N. and MLK)

Continuing Education

5.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development credits in clinical diversity if the conference is attended in its entirety or 3 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development credits in clinical diversity for attending the morning session.

 CEs: This program, when attended in its entirety is available for continuing education credits. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Michael Donnell at or (512) 387-1172. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity and utility of the content and associated materials, the basis of such statements about validity/utility, and the limitations of and risks (severe and most common) associated with the content, if any. The program also provides 6 Professional Development credits for psychologists in Texas.

 CME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose.

 ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider # 1138) to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas.

 ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education

 Conference Coordinator:         Michael Donnell,Psy.D., Co-President of ASPP

Contact Dr. Donnell at or (512) 387-1172 with questions or concerns about the program content. Contact the ASPP Administrator Beth Martinez at or (512) 481-2484 with questions about payment. Contact Lisa Madsen at 319-400-7708 or with questions about CMEs.


Registration for  Clinical Conference on Multi-cultural Psychoanalysis

Please pay online through the ASPP website,, or mail this form and payment to ASPP, P.O. Box 162082, Austin, TX  78716 


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Refund Policy: Full refund, minus $25 administrative fee, is available with written notice of cancellation received by 09/10/16. No refund available on or after 09/11/16.

Replacement Fee for Certificate of Attendance: There is a $10 fee to replace a lost Certificate of Attendance, or to provide a Certificate because the attendee did not get it at the conference

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