Race, Power, and Privilege:
Ethical Questions in Psychoanalytic Practice
Karen Fraley, LCSW
Karen Fraley will explore the ethical implications of addressing racial and ethnic identities in
psychoanalytic treatment and how the psychoanalyst can provide a safe and non-oppressive therapeutic
environment for patients of diverse backgrounds. She will discuss shifts in technique that are called
for as we expand our understanding of the social unconscious and its relevance in the formation of deeply
rooted and complex unconscious identifications in our patients and ourselves. The Presenter and
Participants will discuss unconscious biases and biases inherent in psychodynamic theory and technique and
analyze unconscious power imbalances in the therapeutic relationship that can potentially contribute to
therapeutic impasses and enactments. Participants are invited to bring personal clinical examples of
being caught unawares in an unconscious racial bias, power differential, or enactment for
After attending this session,
participants should be able to:
1. Describe and apply two psychoanalytic techniques for the ethical exploration and negotiation of racial identities
in the therapeutic relationship.
2. Predict two possible outcomes of the therapeutic process when unconscious power imbalances are not addressed.
Karen Fraley, LCSW, holds a certification in Object Therapy and Practice from the
International Psychotherapy Institute and is a current faculty member there. She is also a faculty
member of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute. Karen is in private practice in Exton, PA.
The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on March 1st.
1.5 CMEs/CEUs are available for this seminar.
Certificates of attendance are FREE for Center members,
$30 for non-Center members.
(Details about how to receive CMEs/CEUs will be provided during the
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Continuing Medical Education Credits
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 Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate
with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for
professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a
serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute,
which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas
City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at www.gkcpsa.org.