Pre-Speaking About Race
Scientific Meeting
"The Denigrated Other:
Diversity and Group Relations"
Wednesday December 16, 2020
7:30 - 9:00 pm 
Via Zoom

Presenter: Marianne Robinson, PhD, MSW, FIPA

This Scientific Meeting is the second of two NPSI is offering for those interested in the conference "Speaking About Race: The unconscious roots of structural racism and becoming anti-racist", scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2021 and co-sponsored by COR, NPSI, NWAPS, & SPSI. Rather than a typical scientific presentation, this Zoom meeting will function as a study group oriented to the conference theme. Thus, we ask that all participants come prepared to engage in a discussion of the reading.
Marianne Robinson will lead a discussion of "The Denigrated Other: Diversity and Group Relations" co-authored by Zachary Green. This book chapter explores the work of Wilfred Bion and other psychoanalytic thinkers applied to the dynamics of diversity within a group relations context.
The reading is available for download and a link will be emailed to those who register for this event.
Learning Objectives
1. Participants will learn about the relevance of unconscious group process and how it may be encountered in ourselves, our practices, our organizations, and our communities.
2. Participants will understand how relations and communication between diverse cultures can be confounded by paranoia, hatred, envy, failure to understand differences as well as the potential for a lingering conviction that acceptance of the 'other' is against the divine order.
3. Participants will realize a raised awareness of diversity as potentially transformative, as it continues to give us more precise ways to name and then learn about the intersections of social identity and authority.
About the Presenter
Marianne Robinson, PhD, MSW, FIPA is a training and supervising psychoanalyst and a founding member of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society. She is a full member of The Psychoanalytic Center of California as well as being a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Marianne maintains a private practice in Anchorage, Alaska. Her views on the depth and complexities of structural racism are shaped by the experience of having lived on four continents during times of change.
Marianne's clinical thinking is compatible with that of Bion, Klein, Meltzer and with those who continue to develop their ideas. Her research and writings focus on the potential for growth that can be realized when identifying, investigating, understanding, and analyzing the vestiges of early trauma; physical, emotional and mental experiences as they manifest within the analytic relationship. From that perspective she has written and published on pre- and postnatal aspects of psychic growth, the process of emergence, and the development of the capacity to think.

NPSI, COR, SPSI, & Alliance Members: $17.00 USD

Non-Member: $20 USD

Candidates and Students: Complimentary

Continuing Education Credits - 1.5 hours

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Seattle, Washington


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