Diversity & Inclusion Seminar Series

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Illuminating the Racialized Colonialist Influences Embedded in the Creation and Development of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

A 6-session Seminar

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month

Beginning Nov. 16, 2022

Ending April 19, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST



Join Paul Koehler, LCSW, and Karen Fraley, LCSW, for this 6-session Diversity & Inclusion seminar.

This seminar will be organized around the careful reading, study and discussion of the book, Race in Psychoanalysis: Aboriginal Populations in the Mind, by Celia Brickman. 



In this book Brickman traces the (even then reputed) anthropological theories that Freud drew from and relied upon as he formulated the basic tenets of psychoanalysis.  She carefully traces how those theories became indexed according to race and had been used to justify the colonialist enterprises that were prevalent during the prior centuries.

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss how the anthropological theories that Freud drew from - Haeckel's theory that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny and Lemarck's theory of the genetic inheritance of acquired traits - were inherently racially codified.
  2. Describe and identify how Freud made use of the theories of Haeckel and Lemarck as he formulated the basic tenets of psychoanalysis.
  3. Describe and discuss the conflation of meanings of the word "primitive" in Freud's writings, i.e., uncivilized and culturally (supposedly) undeveloped, and developmentally early, and/or repressed and unconscious.
  4. Describe and discuss Brickman's explication of "Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego" as demonstrating how "primitive" is a feature of relationships (including the psychoanalytic relationship) of dominance and submission.
  5. Describe and discuss Freud's "Totem and taboo" as the "origin myth" of psychoanalysis that codified "primitive" according to both race and gender. 


This course is open to all interested. However, enrollment is limited to the first 15 people to register.



$270 Regular Attendees (includes up to 9 CEUs/CMEs)

          $225 GKCTPC Members (includes up to 9 CEUs/CMEs)


          $115 Candidates/students (includes up to 9 CEUs/CMEs)



Paul Koehler, LCSW, is a former faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC. He is a current faculty member of GKCPI and is in private practice in Doylestown, PA.  Karen Fraley, LCSW, holds a certification in Object Therapy from the International Psychotherapy Institute and is a current faculty member there. Karen is in private practice in Exton, PA.


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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 9 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.  -Updated July 2021-