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CE: Engaging with Racism and Xenophobia in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Supervision – Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra

October 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Sponsored by
The WILA Alumni Association


This presentation will explore the traumatic impact of racism and xenophobia on the intrapsychic and interpersonal lives of clients, therapists, supervisees, and supervisors with an emphasis on the experiences of racial minority immigrants in the United States. Dr. Tummala-Narra will address how historical and ongoing racism influence the therapeutic relationship, including transference and countertransference. She will provide considerations for a decolonizing approach to engaging with race in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Further, she will focus on the dynamics of the supervisory relationship, specifically how the supervisee and the supervisor can examine transference and counter-transference rooted in sociocultural issues, develop an ability to tolerate and engage with anxiety, fear, and shame in discussing issues, such as race, culture, religion, social class, and sexual orientation, and discuss relevant power dynamics.

Please note: This event will run for 3 hours without any breaks or intermissions.

There are no known conflicts of interest regarding commercial support for this event.


Upon completion of the program participants should be able to:

  • Identify ways in which racism and racial bias influence conceptualizations of health and pathology in development.
  • Recognize how psychoanalytic theory informs and deepens an understanding of racial trauma and sociocultural context in psychotherapy.
  • Describe specific ways in which therapists’ and clients’ experiences of racism and xenophobia can influence the therapeutic relationship and the supervisory relationship, particularly transference and counter-transference.     


Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Director of Community-Based Education at the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University. Her research and scholarship focus on immigration, trauma, race, and culturally-informed psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her publications include over 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books. Recent research has explored the experience of and responses to sexual violence among racial minority immigrant communities, and the experience of racism and related stress faced by Asian Americans. Dr. Tummala-Narra is also engaged in theoretical and clinical scholarship examining sociocultural issues in psychotherapy from a psychodynamic perspective. 

Dr. Tummala-Narra serves on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 (Society for Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race) as Diversity-Immigration Member-at-Large. She has served as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors in APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology), and as a member of the APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Revising the Multicultural Guidelines. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of APA Division 39 and Division 45. 

Dr. Tummala-Narra is an Associate Editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology, Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Senior Psychotherapy Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy (2016), and editor of Trauma and Racial Minority Immigrants: Turmoil, Uncertainty, and Resistance (2021), both published by the American Psychological Association Books.


  • CEs available for licensed clinicians nationally
  • 3.0 CE credits
  • This CE is at the intermediate level
  • To receive CE credit you must attend the entire event

Wright Institute Los Angeles is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts continuing education credit granted by the California Psychological Association or by any of its Approved Providers. Wright Institute Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WILA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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October 14, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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