Anton H. Hart, Ph.D.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Can Psychoanalysis Stand to Turn Toward Diversity and Otherness?

Incorporating attention to the diversities into clinical work can be seen to be inherently psychoanalytic, not just an add-on. This presentation will examine both the resistances to, and the necessity for, psychoanalytic engagement—and prioritization—of issues of otherness, difference and diversity. Some of the root anxieties associated with genuine, curious, exploratory dialogue about diversity are identified. The presenter argues for cultivating a stance of curiosity in relation to difference and also for an emphasis on the noticing of and learning from those moments where diversity-related communication—in the psychoanalytic classroom, supervisory, and clinical setting—seems to break down.

Attention to such breakdowns is portrayed as key to facilitating dialogue that can lead to a more diverse—and diversely and ethically applied—psychoanalysis. The talk will include practical recommendations for incorporating inquiry into difference and otherness for both psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic training organizations alike.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1) Develop an understanding of the anxieties associated with engaging issues of diversity, difference and otherness.

2) Recognize the central role of curiosity as an antidote to cultural ignorance and insensitivity and be able to cultivate such curiosity in themselves and in their patients.

3) Recognize pitfalls and breakdowns that can occur in diversity-related explorations and find ways to use these in the service of the restoration of open, constructive dialogue.


Anton H. Hart, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) where he is Chair of the Diversities Section of Department of Psychoanalytic Education. A Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, 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 Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies 4-year and National Programs. He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety, and also racism, diversity and otherness.

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 and also of its Center for Public Mental Health. He is completing 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.


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OU College of Public Health Auditorium
801 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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Registration by Mail

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Anton H. Hart Brochure