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E. Diane Davis Lecture

The Smith College School for Social Work is pleased to present its E. Diane Davis Lecture as part of the Public Lecture Series. Lectures are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. (See additional accessibility information below).


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Identity, Choice and Constraint in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D.

Friday, July 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Hall - Weinstein Auditorium 
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Cultural identity formation is a complex and layered process that involves intrapsychic, interpersonal and sociocultural understandings of individuals and communities. Individuals experience both choice and constraint in the development of cultural identity, and this process is fluid and dynamic throughout the lifespan. This lecture focuses on addressing the complexity of cultural identity formation within the confines of social oppression and trauma, and within open spaces of exploration both within and outside of the therapeutic relationship. The lecture will provide a lens into the patient’s and therapist’s dilemmas of facing choice and constraint in identity and relationship.


Usha Tummala-Narra is an associate professor in Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College, and in independent practice in Cambridge, Mass.  Her research and scholarship concerns immigration, race, gender, mental health and cultural competence in psychotherapy practice. She has served on the American Psychological Association Division 39 Board of Directors, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines in the 21st Century. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy, published by American Psychological Association Books in 2016.


Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

Lectures also provide one and one-half (1.5) Continuing Education Credits (CECs). The cost to register for CECs will be $15 per lecture. Those who wish to earn CECs should arrive 15 minutes ahead of the lecture to register; the registration fee will be collected at that time. Payment must be made by check or money order ONLY.

Accessibility Accommodations

Weinstein Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. For other disability accommodations or sign language interpreters, please contact the Office of the Dean at 413-585-7983 or email deanasst@smith.edu, at least two weeks in advance of the lecture.