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Diversity and Intersectionality of Identity

October 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

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Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (APP)
2019-20, 1st Block — Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Jacqui Metzger, MSW

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October 14, 2019 — Homelessness In Seattle

Presenters: James Basinski, MD, Ashley Proto

We will consider psychodynamically informed approaches to understanding and working with homeless individuals. We will provide specific case examples individuals to illustrate issues around homelessness in contemporary Seattle, while facilitating discussion of class participants’ reflection of this topic and their own work with socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals.

(Possible) Discussion Questions:

  • How has American homelessness changed with demographic and socioeconomic trends from mid-20th century to contemporary times?
  • Who is affected by homelessness in Seattle?  What are some contributing root causes?
  • What are the three dynamics that Farrell theorizes contribute to perpetual homelessness?
  • How can clinicians apply psychodynamic theories/skills to working with people with homelessness in mental health settings?
  • What does the ‘Psychoanalyst in the Community’ look like for helping more socioeconomically disadvantaged and underserved populations?
  • Your Questions/Associations!

Farrell, D.C. (2010) The Paradox of Chronic Homelessness: The Conscious Desire to Leave Homelessness and the Unconscious Familiarity of the Street Life, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 20:2, 239-254

Optional Reading

A news release from the last homelessness count in Seattle/King Country from this year.

Pages 8-12 of the 120 page report of the Count summarize the place, forms of homelessness, and various demographics of the very diverse homeless population in our area.

These are links to brief Crosscut articles that address some root socioeconomic causes (and potential solutions) for homelessness in our area.  We will likely not be addressing this much, but understand that analytic oriented therapists frequently like to think of ‘root’ causes of any problems!


October 14, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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Seattle, WA 98112
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