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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

42nd Annual Symposium - Me and Not Me: Exploration of our Evolving Socially Embedded Self

Neil Altman, Ph.D.

New York City, New York

Farhad Dalal, Ph.D.

Moderators: Kehinde Ayeni, M.D.
Paula Kliger, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

The Inn at St. John’s
8:00 am – 3:45 pm

With the almost overwhelming range of very recent and past local, national and global examples of intolerance, social injustice, and threats to human rights and life, acts of “terror” of all forms and magnitude, and their impact of immeasurable pain and suffering, one cannot help but feel moved to do something to mitigate the mounting fears (our own and others) and to seek ways to foster and restore HOPE in the minds of those we serve directly, and in the global community as a whole. This Symposium will focus on bringing to the forefront a psychoanalytically-informed exploration of valuing human life and the human experience: our human complexities, our communalities and individual differences.

Neil Altman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and thought leader. He is the author of many books including the ground breaking: "The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture through a Psychoanalytic Lens." Deeply immersed for decades in the study of the urban and community based human experience, informed by psychoanalysis, his timely insights have led us into a new frontier of self-awareness, perspective-taking and conversations about a dynamic, relational and emotional evolution, the demands and challenges we internally face to accept and to value human differences.

Farhad Dalal, Ph.D., the author of "Thought Paralysis: The Virtue of Discrimination." holds a doctorate of psychoanalysis and racism from East London, and he also focuses on complexity and organizational change. Dr. Dalal has been a psychotherapist and group analyst in private practice for almost thirty years; first in London, now in Devon, UK. He is a Training Group Analyst and Supervisor for the Institute of Group Analysis, London. He works with individuals, groups and organizations. He has been studying and writing extensively on the themes of psychotherapy, discrimination, equality and diversity for over twenty five years.