A Day With Anton Hart

Starting with Ourselves: Addressing the Challenges of Diversity Through Openness and Curiosity Instead of Competence

Sunday, November 25th 10-5pm (This event has passed)

effraspace, 21 Effra Parade London SW2 1PX 

 In Association with 

BAATN and TRS [www.therelationalschool.com] have come together to host a meeting between our two organisations in the company of New York based psychoanalyst Anton Hart. 

This day-long workshop offers the opportunity to think and talk–with both familiar and unfamiliar colleagues–about issues of diversity and otherness, focusing on the cultivation of curiosity and openness within the therapeutic dyad.  We will consider the ways that increasingly open communication across the borders of difference can be facilitated, and the obstacles to such openness surmounted. The aspiration for the workshop is to free up dialogue concerning how we are different, particularly when such differences intersect with socially charged, historically laden forms of difference that involve prejudice and “othering,” such as race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other important diversities. Aiming for such open dialogue, we can prepare ourselves for the emergence of difficult, anxiety-evoking, unsettling, awkward and possibly shame-inducing conversations. Sometimes, even, we should seek these difficulties for the crucial opportunities they offer. 

This workshop attempts to encourage participants to move toward such challenging conversations in their clinical work and professional relationships, and to risk unconventional forms of openness and inquiry. Through the presentation of a conceptual overview featuring a hermeneutic orientation to dialogue, followed by the presentation for discussion of case material where issues of diversity figure prominently, and through structured, dialogic experiential exercises, we will attempt to increase our tolerance for the challenges to our personal senses of knowing who our dialogic others are, and who we ourselves become, as we enter into conversation across the borders of human difference.

“In order to open up speech between ourselves and our colleagues and also our patients about the ways that we are different (particularly when such differences intersect with socially charged, historically laden forms of difference, that involve prejudice and “othering,” like race and sexual orientation), we must prepare ourselves for—and even seek—difficult, threatening, unsettling, awkward and shame-inducing conversations”.

“The analyst disrupts by trying to remain alert, present in the moment, and able to think associatively while the analysand steers the analyst toward becoming dull, remote, or associatively barren. The act of associative listening involves such violation. Simply to hear the analysand speak, with a distinction in mind between manifest (defensively rendered) and latent communication, is an inherently disruptive act; it says, “I will not abide by the rules that your communication dictates. I will not comply with the instructions on how I should listen to what you are saying that are incorporated into its form. I’ll look for what’s missing or obscured from both the narrator and the listener. I’ll regard what is said as a communication about what is happening between us, rather than something out there.”

“Multicultural competence—I wish that term would be banished from this earth. Competence? We’re going to be competent in relating to the other?”

“In the field of psychoanalysis, it’s been minimized how profound the trauma of racism actually is”.

Links to some of Anton’s work: 

From Multicultural Competence to Radical Openness: A Psychoanalytic Engagement of Otherness

Black Psychoanalysts Speak

About Anton Hart PhD, FABP Anton is a Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst and on the faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. A member of the IPA and APaA, he is a fellow of the Board On Professional Standards and an Alternate Member of the Executive Council. He supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt Sinai/St Luke’s -Roosevelt, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety. He served as Associate Co-producer for the film Black Psychoanalysts Speak in which he was also featured.

He is a Co-Founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis. He is writing a book, to be published by Routledge, entitled, Beyond Oaths or Codes: Toward Relational Psychoanalytic Ethics. He is in full-time private practice in New York City.

On the Day

09:30 Gather

10:00 Anton Hart

13:00 Lunch – please bring your lunch.  Refreshments will be provided. 

14:00 Anton Hart

17:00 End of the day.

Date: November 25th 10-5pm
Registration: 9:30am for a 10.00am Start – End 5.00pm

Venue: effraspace, 21 Effra Parade London SW2 1PX
10 minute walk from Brixton tube station.  8 minutes walk from Herne Hill station.  
Further transport details can be found here: travel
Booking your place:  Fee: £75 (BAATN/TRS Members £60), Organisations £105, (Students/low waged £40)

To attend as a TRS member visit the TRS event page – http://www.therelationalschool.co.uk/events/ 

For Concession rate – please email connect@baatn.org.uk. Payment details below.

Bank Transfer: Sort Code 09-01-27 | Account number: 79142478 | Account Name: BAATN

Cheques: Please make cheques payable to BAATN and send to BAATN, 11216, PO Box 6945, London, W1A 6US