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“Waiting to be All of Me: The Retirement of an Immigrant and Its Intrapsychic Implications” with Píyale Cömert, PhD

April 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


SPSI Scientific Session

Presented by Píyale Cömert, PhD

Both immigration and retirement entail loss and require re-definition of identity. Retirement poses major challenges for anyone. For an immigrant, retirement has an additional aspect of reactivating the trauma of immigration with its losses and the necessity to develop a new cultural identity. Within the context of an immigrant analyst’s personal story, Dr. Cömert will describe how an immigrant may negotiate the formation of separate cultural identities and how retirement may disrupt as well as reshape this identity structure.

Píyale Cömert, PhD is a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist with a special interest in working with older adults and with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is a faculty member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Discussant: Ann De Lancey, PhD

Ann De Lancey, PhD is a faculty member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Washington School of Medicine, a member of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, and a community member of the Northwest Pacific Society and Institute.

Learning Objectives

After attending this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. recognize different approaches to understanding the cultural identity formation of an immigrant.
  2. will have an appreciation of the cultural and intrapsychic pressures the immigrant is likely to experience.
  3. will have a better understanding of the additional complexities of retirement that an immigrant is likely to encounter.
1.5 hours Category II CME. This presentation meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-240 (Definition of Category of Creditable CPE). “This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter.” Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.

If you have a psychoanalytic idea that you would like to present, contact Stan Case or Ron Levin. Presenting offers the benefit of having your idea discussed and further developed.

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April 20, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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