Slavery’s Shadow on the American Psyche

Slavery’s Shadow: Racism in the American Psyche,  Part II


A screening of two 2016 documentary films, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro, offers both formal and facilitated audience discussion of racism in the American psyche today.  Saturday morning April 8, 2017, 9-1:30 at New Center for Psyhcoanalysis (Los Angeles).

13thdirected by  Ava DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar),  focuses on race in the United States criminal justice system.  The film speaks to the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to outlaw slavery.

Ava DuVarney 13th











Raoul Peck’s, I Am Not Your Negro, presents a political statement and probes the mind of James Baldwin, a notable 20th Century  writer and social critic. It portrays both an unusual and striking cinematic biography with a specific mission of showing  America through the eyes of an African-American, scattering shreds of hope amid horror, exasperation and disgust.  [excerpted].


Continuing education objective: As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to

  • Increase competency and insight in relating to patients/clients from diverse populations
  • Explore the range of psychodynamics of racism such as projection, splitting, dehumanization, rage,  resentment, and compliance/defiance
  • Identify the influence of intergenerational transmission of “race” consciousness on members of diverse groups
  • Recognize how film can reinforce or break racial stereotypes in the American psyche
  • Apply increased awareness of racism and power dynamics in the patient and the therapist



Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D., an ICP training and supervising analyst in private practice in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, was the 2015-16 Co-President of ICP.  Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma. Her research interest is the history of African-American Psychoanalysts in the United States.

Jeffrey Prager, Ph.D.. is a Professor of Sociology at UCLA, former Co-Dean and a Senior Faculty Member at NCP and maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills. He has been teaching and writing on American race relations for many years, including Melancholia and the Racial Order: A Psychosocial Analysis of America’s Enduring Racism  presented at NCP’s Slavery’s Shadow program February 2015

Organized and Facilitated by 

Thomas Brod, M.D., Co-Director of the NCP Film & Mind Series, is Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Geffen UCLA School of Medicine and Senior Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis. His private practice is in West Los Angeles.

 Apurvah Shah, a child and adult psychiatrist practicing in Palmdale and an Associate member of NCP. He is co-director of the NCP Film & Mind Series. He is Director and Faculty at the Antarnad Foundation (a psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program) in Ahmedabad, India.


For Martin Luther King  Jr Day  2017 this thought:


Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle


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