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Exploring the Use and Misuse of Race in the Clinical Encounter

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1 Canon's Road

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Talk from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm (to include a break)

Preoccupations about difference in the form of ethnicity, race or racism and their lived experience are always present in subtle ways in the privacy of our daily thoughts and feelings, imagination and dreams. Our clinical encounters are no exception but they need close and sensitive scrutiny to capture the nuances of what is being grappled with and communicated by our patients and to enable clinicians to respond with affective understanding of the unconscious processes present. These deep structures of thought and feeling are universally present in contemporary culture as well as the consulting room, where they may come to constitute the passions of the transference. They can be communicated with a sense of curiosity that signal a wish to explore the self in relation to others. On the other hand, areas of racial difference can evoke a wish to thwart and damage others, closing down any possibilities for intimacy with and learning from others.

These thoughts, feelings and the phantasies associated with them tell us something about the quality of thinking at any given moment in the session. Where a racist state of mind holds grip, this creates particular kinds of predicaments and challenges of engagement between patient and therapist when the emotional pressures that they exert can risk unhelpful enactments. In this talk Narendra Keval will consider how some of these dynamics in the clinical situation have resonance with racist states of mind emerging at pivotal moments of change in society.

Narendra Keval is a Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist and a Clinical Psychologist. He has specialised in clinical work with patients suffering from complex personality disorders in a range of settings and consulted to organisations in both the public and private sector. He is currently in full-time private practice. He is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, London and has been a visiting speaker at psychoanalytic training institutes in the UK, Cape town, Washington and New York. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, British Psychoanalytic Council and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His book Racist States of Mind : Understanding the Perversion of Curiosity and Concern was published by Karnac Books in 2016.

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