Offerings

Conversations to Feed the Mind and Soul

We offer lectures and workshops that promote interdisciplinary conversations focused on human identity, suffering, and potential, with particular concern for the enduring ethical questions at the heart of human existence.

#racialtraumaisreal: Assessment and Treatment of the Psychological Consequences of Racism
<p>Experiences of racism and racial discrimination have been found to significantly predict racial stress and trauma (e.g., Carter et al., 2013). Despite both the prevalence of racial discrimination (e.g., between 50 and 75% of Black, Hispanic, and Asians reporting experiences of racial discrimination; Lee et al., 2019) and its consistent association with racial stress and trauma, most mental health providers and supports lack the necessary training to assess and treat racial trauma in therapeutic settings (Hemmings &amp; Evans, 2018). As such, this program uses recent and relevant research to facilitate mental health clinicians’ understanding of racial trauma and its sequelae, across the lifespan. The virtual presentation will provide an overview of the history of racial trauma and its proposed recommendations for treatment. Conceptualization of racial trauma as a form of psychological injury arising from experiences of racism and racial discrimination yet, distinct from the traditional trauma framework will be highlighted. Finally, participants will learn recommended practices for assessment of racial trauma in the clinical setting. Considerations and strategies for effective treatment of racial stress and trauma will be presented.<br /> </p>
<p><b>Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi<br /> Online Workshop<br /> Offering Coming Soon!</b></p> <p>This program uses recent and relevant research to facilitate mental health clinicians’ understanding of racial trauma and its sequelae, across the lifespan.</p>
Mental health clinicians including psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and social workers
Ars Vitae: A Dialogue On Psychological Humanities
<p>This lecture explores the concept of ars vitae, Latin for the art of living. It calls on ancient ways of thinking about the enduring question of how to live in order to imagine new ways of addressing our challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwDIGHbmyPw"><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold">Watch the lecture</span></a></p>
<p><b>Dr. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn<br /> Hybrid Lecture<br /> Watch the full lecture today!</b></p> <p>The lecture provides a critique of forms of self-centeredness dominant today and an argument for a new inwardness—the cultivation of an inner life—drawing on ancient wisdom, with particular attention to the insights of Plato and the Neoplatonists.<br /> </p>
Applied Psychology Professionals
Applied Psychology Professionals
Biopolitics: Foucault And Beyond
<p>The Psychological Humanities and Ethics series promotes interdisciplinary conversations focused on human identity, suffering, and potential.</p> <p>This workshop circles around biopolitics, a concept introduced and developed by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Briefly, biopolitics offers a way to think about how “life” – its organization, management, and optimization – came to be a focus of modern governance from the 17th century forward. Foucault’s analysis of biopolitics (also known as “biopower”) has two important aspects: disciplinary power, which addresses itself to individual bodies, and biopolitical power, whose fundamental unit is population. In this workshop, we will read what Foucault had to say about disciplinary power and biopolitical power in the two books where he introduced these terms: Discipline and Punish and History of Sexuality, Volume I, respectively. To see how he continued to revise and also complicate his own thinking about biopolitics, we will read brief excerpts from his lecture courses at the Collège de France. </p> <p>Through these readings we will gain an understanding of the relationship between disciplines of the individual and biopolitics of the population. The focus on life – modern states seek to “make live and let die,” Foucault argues – has been accompanied by some of the bloodiest and deadliest conflicts the world has ever seen, including multiple organized genocides. With Foucault and also with resources offered by work in postcolonial studies and critical race studies (Mbembe and Chow), we will seek to make sense of this deadly paradox.  <br /> </p>
<p><span class="black"><b>Ann Pellegrini<br /> Online Workshop  <br /> Inquire for more information!<br /> </b></span></p> <p><span class="black">This workshop circles around biopolitics, a concept introduced and developed by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault.<br /> </span></p>
Mental health professionals Psychologists and Counselors
Burnout And Rejuvenation: Inner Balance For Mental Health Clinicians
<p>Mental health care professionals (psychologists, counsellors, social workers, and many others) often work in an environment that leads to “burnout.” This includes  high-level intensity, time constraints, competing demands, lack of control over the work process, and sometimes conflicting roles and relationships with leadership. The recent pandemic has additionally increased the intensity of helplessness, sense of inefficiency, and inability to shut off the therapeutic role. Focusing on other people’s problems can lead mental health providers to lose track of their own personal well-being and that of their families.</p> <p> </p>
<p><b>Erika Prijatelj and Tone Stevelj<br /> </b><b style="background-color: transparent;">Online Workshop Series<br /> </b><b style="background-color: transparent;">Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>Mental health care professionals (psychologists, counselors, social workers, and many others) often work in an environment that leads to “burnout.” <b style="background-color: transparent;"><br /> </b></p>
Camus For Clinicians: Morality, Meaning, And Justice In Confrontation With The Absurd
<p>Camus begins The Myth of Sisyphus with the assertion that the problem at the heart of philosophy is the problem at the heart of all psychological life – the problem of suicide. Unless we find a reason to live, he insists, we will be condemned to a life of despair, one which lacks the courage needed to carry on in the face of an unjust and often terrifying world, a life lived without love. And yet, Camus insists, we want to live. We want to love. We want to make our lives not only meaningful but moral. We want to give of ourselves, resist injustice, confront inhumanity, and make the world a more beautiful place.</p> <p>Participants in this four-month Psychological Humanities and Ethics learning group will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET on the third Thursday of each month from September to December to examine the ideas of one of the 20th century’s most important thinkers. Taking seriously Camus’s moral, political, and psychological insights, this series will offer an in-depth study of his major works and concepts – focusing particular attention on his understanding of absurdity, lucidity, rebellion, desire, and love.</p>
<p><b>Matthew Clemente <br /> Online Workshop<br /> September 15 - December 15 | 7PM-8:30PM </b></p> <p>Participants in this four-month Psychological Humanities and Ethics learning group will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET on the third Thursday of each month from September to December to examine the ideas of one of the 20th century’s most important thinkers. Taking seriously Camus’s moral, political, and psychological insights, this series will offer an in-depth study of his major works and concepts – focusing particular attention on his understandings of absurdity, lucidity, rebellion, desire, and love.<br /> </p>
Online Workshops Applied Psychology Professionals Fully Online
Mental health professionals including psychologists and counselors
Climate Emergency and Radical Ethics: Colonialism, Racial Injustice, and Climate Justice
<p>Considering historical and emotional causes of climate unconsciousness and of compulsive consumerism, we argue that only a radical ethics of responsibility to be “my other’s keeper” will truly wake us up to climate change and bring psychoanalysts to actively take on responsibilities. Linking climate justice to radical ethics by way of psychoanalysis, we here consider relevant aspects of psychoanalytic expertise, referring to work on trauma, mourning, and the transformation of trouble into purpose.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Donna Orange<br /> Hybrid Lecture<br /> Inquire for more information!<br /> </b></p> <p>This Psychological Humanities and Ethics lecture will address climate justice to radical ethics by way of psychoanalysis. We consider relevant aspects of psychoanalytic expertise, referring to work on trauma, mourning, and the transformation of trouble into purpose.<br /> </p>
Psychologists Mental health counselors Social workers Counselors Academics General public
Guilt and Shame in the City: On the Necessities of Moral Legislation
<div>Every political community requires a certain degree of self-governance on the part of its citizens. It is impossible to rule, or even live among, those who will not rule themselves. According to Nietzsche and Freud, beneath that commonplace observation lurks an unsavory history of violence, cruelty, and fear. To become civilized, we must turn our aggressive instincts and drives against ourselves. We must learn, in other words, the pain and the pleasure of a bad conscience. </div> <div> </div> <div>In the course of our investigation, we will come upon some unsettling truths about the nature of political power and what it requires of those who are subjected to it, and those who would wield it.</div> <div> </div> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="https://bostoncollege-lsoe.catalog.instructure.com/browse/pce/courses/guilt-and-shame-in-the-city-on-the-necessities-of-moral-legislation">Register</a></span></p>
<p><b>William Hendel, J.D.<br> Online Lecture<br> March 15 | 7PM-8:30PM&nbsp;</b></p> <p>In this lecture, we will consider how guilt and shame are essential to the success of any polity, how they are formed (and sometimes reformed) both in the community and the individual, and if they are destined to make us ill.&nbsp;<br> </p>
Online Workshops Applied Psychology Professionals Fully Online
Applied Psychology Professionals
Liberal Political Theory and Radical Ethics: Revisiting Rawls and His Critics
<p>The most prominent theorist of political justice, John Rawls invented and defended a form of social contract theory created under “the veil of ignorance.” This would prevent those creating a just society from knowing how their personal circumstances might structure the basic law, or constitution, they would create. A just society would be one in which any resulting inequalities needed to be adjusted so that these would benefit the least advantaged. This workshop will also study the major critiques of Rawls for his failure to take racial and gender differences into account.<br /> </p> <p> </p>
<p><b>Donna Orange<br /> Hybrid Workshop<br /> </b><b style="background-color: transparent;">Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This Psychological Humanities and Ethics lecture will study the major critiques of Rawls for his failure to take racial and gender differences into account.<b><br /> </b></p>
Psychologists Mental health counselors Social workers Counselors Academics General public
Nietzsche for Clinicians: Learning to Live Between Trauma and Tragedy
<p>The Psychological Humanities and Ethics series promotes interdisciplinary conversations focused on human identity, suffering, and potential.</p> <p>This series examines the insights of Nietzsche on topics of morality, mourning, melancholia, trauma, tragedy, and self-overcoming over the course of 5-sessions.</p> <p>Reading Nietzsche not as a philosopher in the classical sense but a proto-psychoanalyst, a precursor to Freud and Lacan, participants will trace the genesis of such fundamental psychoanalytic concepts as repression, the death-drive, and the Oedipus complex. By the end of this course, participants will have an in-depth knowledge of the major works and ideas of one of modernity’s most prominent and influential thinkers.</p> <p><em>CEs for LMHC, APA, and LI/LCSW will be submitted for review to respective credentialing bodies. </em><br /> </p>
<p><b>Matthew Clemente<br /> Online Workshop<br /> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>Participants will examine the insights and ideas of one of history’s most formative psychologists. This series examines the insights of Nietzsche on topics of morality, mourning, melancholia, trauma, tragedy, and self-overcoming.</p>
Mental health professionals including psychologists and counselors
Only Connect: Friendship, Suffering, and Character
<p>We live in a time of ‘lost connections’ in a variety of ways, including the isolation from mental health challenges as well as a distorted focus on individualism. A renewed attention to character and the centrality of friendship can offer connections that help us live well and cope with the inevitabilities of suffering in human life. This Psychological Humanities and Ethics lecture will address the interconnections of psychology, philosophy, and theology, in order to recover themes of character and friendship important to human flourishing.</p>
<p><b>L. Gregory Jones<br /> Online Lecture<br /> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This Psychological Humanities and Ethics lecture will address the interconnections of psychology, philosophy, and theology, in order to recover themes of character and friendship important to human flourishing. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom. <br /> </p>
Organizational Learners
Psychologists Mental health counselors Social workers Counselors Academics General public
Responsibility and Burnout: Toward a Sabbatical Philosophy of Time
<p>In helping disciplines, much is asked of people who tie their work to the healing, wellbeing, education, and betterment of others. Trauma, chaos, and suffering of all kinds, can exponentially increase the needs of the client, student, or patient. The common experience of burnout is a seemingly inevitable result of binding one’s work to the wellbeing of suffering others. This lecture&nbsp;will use a philosophy of time derived from Sabbath observance to address the rampant problem of burnout in helping professions today.&nbsp;<br> </p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/ekqcpsFgIac"><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold">Watch full video</span></a></p>
<p><b>Eric Severson &amp; Rosemary Mulvihill<br /> Hybrid Lecture<br /> Watch the full lecture today!<br /> </b></p> <p>This Psychological Humanities and Ethics lecture will use a philosophy of time derived from Sabbath observance to address the rampant problem of burnout in helping professions today. <br /> </p>
Psychologists Mental health counselors Social workers Counselors Academics General public
Theory As A Stone: The Decolonial Now
<p>What happens when a renowned theorist is attacked when they dare to enact, even in the most minor way, the principles and implications of their theory? In considering how several settler colonialist societies (past and present) meet psychoanalysis, this presentation explores the full potential of psychoanalytic theory (using Fanon, Martin-Baro, and others) when it is practiced in a way that lives up to the demands that its ethical code puts forth. In doing so, we consider that the radical acts and practices of those living under oppression and colonization do not create new “futures” but are enacting the decolonial now.<br> </p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="https://youtu.be/uDR2rGDWH70">Watch full video</a></span></p>
<p><b>Dr. Stephen Sheehi<br> Online Lecture<br> Watch the full video now!</b></p> <p>Dr. Stephen Sheehi will consider that the radical acts and practices of those living under oppression and colonization do not create new “futures” but are enacting the decolonial now.<br> </p>
Applied Psychology Professionals
Applied Psychology Professionals
Unruly Therapeutic: Black Feminist Space-making and Living the Change We Want to Be
<p>In this lecture, Foluke Taylor will explore possibilities for practitioners interested in Black feminist infused practice. The lecture is based on her most recent book—an ensemble of Black feminist texts and artifacts woven through with genealogies of becoming a therapist. Taylor will be in conversation with psychoanalytic psychotherapist Gail Lewis, and together, they will discuss and expand upon some key ideas and principles of a Black feminist ethic.</p> <p><b>Questions to be addressed include:</b></p> <ul> <li>What do we miss when we try to fix, settle and keep ourselves in order?</li> <li>In what ways is unruly an essential mode for therapeutic projects seeking to survive and remake an anti-black world? </li> <li>How are we, as practitioners engaged in therapeutic work, making more living room – space for the emergent and the what is not yet but must be – and why is this important for therapeutic practice?<br /> </li> </ul> <p><a href="https://bostoncollege-lsoe.catalog.instructure.com/browse/pce/courses/unruly-therapeutic-black-feminist-space-making-and-living-the-change-we-want-to-be"><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold">Register</span></a></p>
<p><b>Foluke Taylor<br /> Online Lecture<br /> February 23 | 6PM-7:30PM </b></p> <p>This presentation/conversation will explore how Black feminisms provide a foundation from which it becomes more possible to speak and write of interconnection – spirited life, soul, natural mystics blowing through the air – and of our engagement with all of this in therapeutic practice. <br /> </p>
Online Workshops Applied Psychology Professionals Fully Online
Applied Psychology Professionals