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COURSE SEVEN – Understanding the Complexity of Culture – its Conscious/Unconscious, and Rational/Irrational Aspects, and how it affects the therapist-patient relationship.

Course Seven - Understanding the Complexity of Culture – its Conscious/Unconscious, and Rational/Irrational Aspects, and how it affects the therapist-patient relationship.

Course Coordinator: Kas Tuters

Course Leaders: Kas Tuters, Madu Vallabhaneni

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018

Fees: $190

Preregistration is required.

DISTANCE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Doing therapy in a multicultural setting (such as Toronto), we are exposed to the interaction and impact of diverse cultures. This even includes the impact on us of our parents’ original culture that constitutes our own specific norm and hidden biases which create complex challenges. In order to be maximally effective in our work, we have to understand the many factors that come into play in regards to culture, ethnicity and race. This is where the dynamics of transference and countertransference are easily triggered, and need to be understood.

The following topics will be addressed:

  1. The close link between language and affect, and its origins in a specific culture (“mother tongue”).
  2. Understanding the dynamics of immigration and acculturation.
  3. Prejudice – benign and malignant; racial factors; becoming more aware of our own countertransference and our own narrower “norm”.
  4. Discussing clinical material where therapist and patient are from significantly different cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. To become more sensitized to the cultural factors that play a significant role when doing psychotherapy.
  2. To be clearer of the definition of cultural, ethnic and racial factors.
  3. To become more aware of our own automatic biases and narrower norms.
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Kaspars Tuters

Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C), Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society. Faculty, TPS&I.

Madu Vallabhaneni

Madhu Vallabhaneni, MD, FRCP(C), Assistant professor in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University Of Toronto, Faculty Member, Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. Faculty, TPS&I.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2017/2018 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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