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January Scientific Meeting 1/22/22

January 22, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $25.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

Saturday, January 22nd      4pm–6pm

WNEPS members, WNEIP candidates and all students/trainees attend free

Non-members: $25 professional registration fee (includes CME/CE certificate with completed evaluation)


This meeting is virtual. To successfully attend, please read the following instructions:
Register at the link below.
The day before the meeting an email containing the ZOOM link will be sent from [email protected] to all registrants.
The day of the meeting click the Zoom link in the email to join the meeting.
See below for important CME/CE certificate details.

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On Approaching Race, Class, and the Unconscious:

A Case Study of Ataque de Nervios

Presenter: Christopher Christian, PhD

Discussant: Esperanza Diaz, MD


In this talk, the author will present a clinical case study of ataque de nervios to illustrate the complexities of clinical work with latinx populations and shed light on the psychological intricacies of life in the barrio, often marked by poverty, migration, marginalization, and barriers of language, class, and race. The author will briefly discuss the historical estrangement between psychoanalysis and cultural issues in the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and describe basic issues of class, ethnicity, race, and language as they intersect among Latinx populations in the barrio.
  2. List some of the basic misconceptions about the applicability of psychoanalysis with Latinx populations.
  3. Discuss historical antecedents that contributed to the marginalization of latinx populations from psychoanalysis.
  4. Describe a culture bound syndrome, known as ataque de nervios.
  5. Analyze how the term “culture bound syndrome” is problematic.


  • Christian, C., Reichbart, R., Moskowitz, M., Morillo, R. & Winograd, B. (2016) Psychoanalysis in El Barrio. PEP Video Grants 1:10
  • Gherovici, P. (2003). The Puerto Rican syndrome. New York : Other Press.
  • Gherovici, P. and Christian, C. (2019). Psychoanalysis in The Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious. London: Routledge.
  • Javier, R. A. (1990) The Suitability of Insight-Oriented Therapy for the Hispanic Poor. American Journal of Psychoanalysis 50:305-318

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About the Presenters:

Christopher Christian, Ph.D. is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychology; a supervising and training analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR)where he is past Dean. He is the co-editor with Patricia Gherovici of Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (Routledge, 2019); Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict, with Morris Eagle and David Wolitzky (Routledge, 2017); and The Second Century of Psychoanalysis, with Michael J. Diamond (Routledge, 2011). He is a member of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY), affiliated with NYU School of Medicine; the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). Dr. Christian supervises at the Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology, and has a private practice in New Haven, CT.

Esperanza Díaz M.D. provides teaching and supervision for Yale medical students, psychiatry residents, and trainees from other disciplines such as psychology, nursing and social work. Dr. Diaz received her M.D. degree from the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She finished Psychiatry residency at Yale School of Medicine. She is a board Certified Psychiatrist and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a psychoanalyst. Her research concentrates on adherence to medications, development of culturally sensitive mental health services to Hispanics with persistent mental disorders, development of teaching methods of cultural sensitive care. She has received research awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Diaz’s professional interests are focused on improving mental health services to Hispanics and education focusing on interviewing, cultural sensitive services and mental health disparities. She is a member of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry. She is a leadership member of the APA Hispanic Caucus. She is the recipient of the 2012 inaugural American Psychiatric Association Assembly Member in Training Mentor Award, and the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents. She served on the SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women Services. She serves on NIMH and NIH scientific reviews. She is reviewer for numerous scientific journals.


CME/CE Details:

In order to receive CME or CE credits participants must attend the full program and complete an evaluation. A link to the evaluation will be sent via an email reminder within a few days of the program. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

This program is being reviewed for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists.

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January 22, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $25.00
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Online via Zoom
CT United States


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