APsaA Diversity Grant Award

Those of you who attended our end-of-year dinner on June 26 may recall that Andrew Smolar, in his opening address, mentioned that, as Institute Curriculum/Faculty Committee chair, I had submitted a grant proposal to APsaA related to psychoanalytic curricula focused on diversity. It now gives me great pleasure to inform you that our Institute has been awarded one of two grants given in 2017 by the APsaA Task Force on Diversity, in recognition of our efforts at PCOP to develop a curriculum integrating the understanding of multiple diversities into the education of candidates. The award consists of a $2500 stipend and some additional funds to pay consultants who will work with us as we implement our multi-year proposal.

I am enormously proud of this award and the national distinction it brings to PCOP. It is an acknowledgement by APsaA of the strong beginning we have made as a Center community, both inside and outside the classroom, to engage in difficult conversations about race, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and otherness from a psychoanalytic perspective. Our Adult Psychoanalytic curriculum, carefully developed over the last fifteen years to integrate courses reflecting the wide range of theoretical orientations represented among our faculty, has now begun to encompass issues of diversity as well. I hope you will join me in celebrating this Center-wide achievement, which belongs to all of us.

I would like to thank the Curriculum/Faculty Committee, the Education Committee, and the Center leadership and office staff for enthusiastically supporting this initiative; our wonderful faculty for their ongoing excellence in teaching and research; and especially Sam Wyche, DO, for coordinating what promises to be a very rich team-taught course on Diversity, Racism, and Otherness that will launch next year as the foundation of our proposal.

Kathleen Ross, PhD, LCSW
Chair, Institute Curriculum/Faculty Committee