Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

A Local Chapter of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (SPPP, Division 39) of the American Psychological Association



Lara Sheehi, PsyD, presenter,

“Reimagining Psychoanalytic Practice: Toward an Anti-Oppressive Praxis”

Saturday, December 5

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM noon (EST)

Via Zoom


SPPP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SPPP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.



8:45 AM          Open Zoom event for participants to join
8:55 AM          Welcome and Introductions, Adrian Chiu, Ph.D.
9:00 AM          Presentation and Discussion, Lara Sheehi, Psy.D.
9:45 AM          10-minute break
9:55 AM          Presentation and Discussion, continued
10:40 AM        10-minute break
10:50 AM        Breakout groups with case material
11:20 AM        10-minute break
11:30 AM        Discussion and large group processing
12:30 AM        End


Education Objectives

After attending this beginner to intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the field’s history, to include critiques, failures and iatrogenic harm to communities we serve.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of working tenets of anti-oppressive clinical practice
  3. Identify psychoanalytic clinical interventions that address systemic concerns


Description of Program

Against the backdrop of the global sociopolitical climate, it becomes even more urgent that we reimagine a Psychoanalytic practice that reflects an ethical commitment to address all oppression, especially in our clinical space. This workshop will take up the oppressive structures in which Eurocentric clinical practice is ensconced and explore how the individual encounter, especially, falls on fault lines that can often unwittingly work in service of further marginalizing and disenfranchising those we seek to help. Special attention will be given to racial traumas, how we even conceive of ability/debility, and how, most insidiously, we may come to be agents of the State. We will explore anti-oppressive theories and interventions and have the space to apply them to clinical examples toward a collective reimagining of a liberatory psychoanalytic practice.



Lara Sheehi, PsyD

Lara Sheehi, PsyD (she/hers), is a faculty member at the George Washington University’s Professional Psychology Program. She is the secretary of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (APA Division 39), and the chair of the Teachers’ Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is co-editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality; co-editor of CounterSpace in Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society; book review editor for Journal of Institutionalized Children: Explorations and Beyond; and on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Lara is on the advisory board to the USA–Palestine Mental Health Network and Psychoanalysis for Pride, as well as a member of the Taskforce for Indigenous Psychology.




Conference Fees

Event is free for non-CE seekers; $30 processing charge required for CE credits for Psychologists, Social Workers, and MFTs


This seminar is open to all PSPP members and interested mental health professionals who may not be members. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominantly psychoanalytic mode. This program is intended for those with a beginning or intermediate level of knowledge and experience.


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In Press

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This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for three (3) continuing education credits. SPPP is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. SPPP is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Adrian Chiu, Ph.D. (). There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.


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