Reimagining Community in the Psychoanalytic Field - Tracy Sidesinger, PsyD, and Carlos Padrón, MA, MPhil, LP (Live)
While psychoanalysis has largely focused on private subjectivities–private practice, private minds, and disconnected ways of life–such privatization is not essential practice. The Relational turn has already expanded our focus into the analytic dyad. In this talk Tracy Sidesinger, PsyD, and Carlos Padrón, MA, MPhil, LP, explore the ways in which Community Psychoanalysis has been a part of the psychoanalytic canon and practice from its origins, and further consider what constitutes analysis today to include the social-interpersonal aspects of the mind and how to utilize community group process within the field.
- Explain the focus in psychoanalysis on private subjectivities and the historical reasons behind this focus.
- Describe how community psychoanalysis has always been part of the history of psychoanalysis.
- Discuss how the socio-personal can be included within psychoanalytic theory and praxis.
- Explain how community can be articulated within the psychoanalytic field.
Tracy Sidesinger, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist bilocated between Flatbush, Brooklyn and Upstate New York. She earned her doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, studying the intersection of psychology, religion, and attachment; while working in multiple hospital and substance abuse settings. From there she went on to study Jungian and Relational psychoanalysis in New York at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association and The William Alanson White Institute, respectively. Deeply influenced by the realities of motherhood, she transitioned her focus from institutional settings to community-based work; and when her private practice office was broken into by those who needed a place to stay during the Covid-19 pandemic, she set out to reinstate the longstanding vision of psychoanalysis for relevant, accessible care for all. She is co-founder of The New York Center for Community Psychoanalysis, an emerging nonprofit psychotherapy clinic in Flatbush, Brooklyn which exists as a matter of social justice and equity. She also serves as the Psychotherapy Action Network’s representative to the Mental Health Liaison Group, a nationwide policy group which advocates for equitable mental health resources through legislative means. Passionate about visual arts, she serves on the board of directors for the Museum of Motherhood in St. Petersburg, FL as artist residency coordinator. Her writing challenges gender norms in culture and psychoanalysis, including a recent essay “The Feminine Yes: Return Me To Excess” published in Studies in Gender and Sexuality; and an essay in the edited volume Race, Rage, and Resistance: Philosophy, Psychology, and the Perils of Individualism (Routledge, 2019) entitled "The Nasty Woman: Destruction and the Path to Mutual Recognition." She has also been invited to speak across the country on the new frontier of psychoanalysis from a feminist critical, community-based lens. She is currently working on a collection of essays bridging psychoanalytic insight, interviews, and memoir to bear on the topic of feminine knowing. You can follow her work on IG @nycdepthpsychologist.
Carlos Padrón, MA, MPhil, LP, is a licensed psychoanalyst with a background in philosophy and literary studies. He has written and presented on the intersections between philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and Latin American thought. He was a faculty member at John Jay College, the Contemporary Freudian Society, and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Padrón was a faculty member at IPTAR where he co-taught a class on clinical aspects of diversity. He teaches the Seminar on Psychodynamic Theory (Masters in Social Work) at the Silberman School of Social Work in CUNY. Padrón participated in the documentary Psychoanalysis in El Barrio a film on working psychoanalytically with poor and working class Latinx patients in the US, and has given talks and published on this topic and on clinical issues related to difference: race, culture, gender, class, ethnicity. Lately he published an essay in the edited volume Psychoanalysis in the Barrios (Routledge, 2019) entitled "The Political Potentiality of the Psychoanalytic Process"; he wrote an essay titled "Eight Inconclusive Notes on the Whiteness of the 'Good White'" for the special edition of Division Review #22 dedicated to Covid-19 and racism; and published the text "Pandemic Diary: 19 Fragments" for a special issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology titled "Notes from a Pandemic: A Year of COVID-19." Padrón has worked psychoanalytically in different settings and is currently a clinical associate of the New School Psychotherapy Program where he supervises PhD students in psychology. He is the co-founder with Tracy Sidesinger, PsyD, of the New York Center for Community Psychoanalysis.
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