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About Christopher Christian
Dr. Christian obtained a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996; earned a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), where he is past Dean, and a Training and Supervising Analyst. His book, Psychoanalysis in the Barrios, with Patricia Gherovici, is the winner of the 2020 Gradiva Award, and of the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize. He is a member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies; of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, affiliated with NYU School of Medicine; and of the Rapaport-Klein Study Group. Dr. Christian maintains a clinical practice in New Haven, where he works with adults in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and couples therapy. www.chrischristianphd.com
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As opposed to most Latin American countries, where psychoanalysis is seen as a practice tied to the promotion of social justice, in the United States psychoanalysis has been viewed as reserved for the well-to-do, assuming that poor people lack the "sophistication" that psychoanalysis requires, thus heeding invisible but no less rigid class boundaries. Challenging such discrimination, the authors testify to the efficacy of psychoanalysis in the barrios, upending the unfounded widespread belief that poor people are so consumed with the pressures of everyday survival that they only benefit from symptom-focused interventions. Sharing vivid vignettes of psychoanalytic treatments, this collection sheds light on the psychological complexities of life in the barrio that is often marked by poverty, migration, marginalization, and barriers of language, class, and race.
This interdisciplinary collection features essays by distinguished international scholars and clinicians. It represents a unique crossover that will appeal to readers in clinical practice, social work, counselling, anthropology, psychology, cultural and Latino studies, queer studies, urban studies, and sociology.
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Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict will be of interest to psychologists, psychoanalysts, social workers, and other students and professionals involved in the study and practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, cognitive science and neuroscience.