Our world is becoming more interconnected, our patient population more diverse, and our identities more intersectional. Thus, it is imperative that we as clinicians better identify, tolerate, and challenge our prejudices based on our own cultural contexts and our country-of-origin’s inter-generational trauma. In line with relational psychoanalysis and a two-person psychology, this interactive and discussion-focused presentation hopes to demonstrate that a deeper and more nuanced sociocultural exploration of the therapist, the patient, and the dyad is paramount in bringing us closer to the impossible ideal of “cultural competence” in order to better meet the current and future needs of the communities which we aim to serve.

Learning Objectives: After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 3 factors that have led to the greater interconnectedness of our world.
  2. Identify at least 1 situation or event considered an inter-generational trauma of the U.S. and its potential effects.
  3. Examine ways of engaging in deeper sociocultural exploration within the therapist-patient dyad.

Dr. Adrian Chiu is a licensed clinical psychologist in solo private practice in Philadelphia, PA treating teenagers and adults. His areas of specialization include issues related to emerging adulthood, race/ethnicity/culture, and personality disorders. As a double-immigrant with multiple hidden cultural identities, he is particularly interested in exploring cultural nuance within the patient and the therapist-patient dyad and the ways it influences interactions both in the therapy room and in the world around them. This also serves to inform his professional interests which center around relational psychoanalysis, the inter-generational transmission of cultural trauma, group therapy, supervision, and social justice.

Reference: Davids, M.F. (2017). Internal Racism: Belief in the Racist Mindset. In The Feeling of Certainty (pp. 69-91). Palgrave Macmilian, Cham.

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