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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Shamed if You Do, Shamed if You Don’t: Clinical Encounters With Social Class

Mead Goedert, Ph.D.
Candidate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
Faculty, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago

Discussant: Robin L. Rayford, M.A.
Graduate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, March 3, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm
*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

NOTE LOCATION: Depression Center Auditorium, Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor (1 mile east of US-23, on SE corner of Plymouth and Earhart Road, on U-M’s E. Medical Campus. Enter via back or south door)

About the presenter:

Mead Goedert, Ph.D., is a third year candidate at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a clinical social worker who sees adult patients in his private practice in West Bloomfield. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, where he is a faculty member and where he teaches a course on race and social class. Additionally, he has published a book, The African American Urban Male's Journey to Success: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Social Class, which is based on his dissertation research, and which explores race, gender, and social class through the experiences of upwardly mobile African American men. He is interested in the use of psychoanalytic theory to understand and address social inequality and injustice, and he also has an interest in therapeutic technique.

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:

It is not widely acknowledged that social class is an essential component of subjective and intersubjective experience and is embedded in one's social life, and as such, needs to be integrated into each patient's sense of self.

After attending this presentation:

1. Analysts and therapists will be better able to identify the ways in which their own and the patients' social class influence the treatment relationship.

2. Therapists and analysts will be better able to identify the role of social class in the psychic life of their patients and how social class influences patients' opportunities, decisions, and self image.