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      June 7, 2014

      Saturday  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

      2040 Gough St
      San Francisco, California 94109

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      Cross Cultural Currents: The African Diaspora and Western Psychotherapy

      Cross Cultural Currents: The African Diaspora and Western Psychotherapy

      Instructors: Grace C. Stanislaus, MA; Alan G. Vaughan, PhD, JD; Umi A.Vaughan, PhD


      3 Continuing Education Credits Approved for MD, PhD, LCSW, MFT & RN


      This panel discussion seeks to expand cultural awareness and cultural competency in mental health practice by introducing the African Diaspora - its demography, historiography and emergent psychological meaning into the lexicon of Western psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. 

      Western practices of individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis have long been unaffordable for the general citizenship and unattractive to diverse ethnic groups in the United States. With the Affordable Care Act (2010) enacted by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court (2012), there  is hope for expansion and improvement of mental health services as  30 million more Americans are anticipated to be coming into the health care system. The situation is complicated further by anticipated immigration reform, and increasing ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity in the United States. These shifts call for our society to seek more effective, collective modes of culturally-infused community-based mental health services that reciprocally inform and are informed by Western and other health traditions.

      Participants in this workshop will build clinical competence through increased cultural awareness, integrating the African Diaspora and Yoruba Orisha into the narrative of world cultural historiography and the lexicon of Western psychotherapy, along with the Jungian conception of the Self and the transcendent function.   We hope to further the understanding of emergent practices of community based psychology grounded in the multicultural perspective, experiences, and expanded cultural awareness and competence.

      Alan G. Vaughan, PhD, JD, Analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, Core faculty at Saybrook University & Director of the doctoral psychology program in Jungian Studies. Dr. Vaughan received his PhD, from NYU in clinical psychology and a JD from the University of Virginia. His clinical training was done at Langley Porter (UCSF) and the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He holds an advanced certificate in public and private international law from The Hague Academy of International Law. In his clinical & consulting practice, he has worked with ethnically diverse clients in public clinics and agencies, and in private practice and written about initiatory rites of passage He has travelled in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and Europe.

      Grace C. Stanislaus, MA, Art Historian and Executive Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). Ms. Stanislaus immigrated to New York from the West Indies. She graduated of Fordham University, phi beta kappa, and Columbia University, where she studied 20th century art history. She is Executive Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and the former director of the Museum of African Art, in New York, past president & CEO of the Romare Bearden Foundation, and curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

      Umi A.Vaughan, PhD, Cultural Anthropologist and Associate Professor of Africana Studies, California State University of Monterey Bay. Dr. Vaughan, a graduate of Morehouse College in fine art and Spanish, spent his senior year in Florence, Italy. He received his Ph.D., in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan with field research in Cuba. He has lectured and conducted research in: Columbia, Peru, Cuba, and Salvador Brazil. His recent book publications are: Carlos Aldama’s Life in Bata: Cuba, Diaspora and the Drum, Indiana University Press; and Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity, Michigan University Press.  


      The Jung Institute of San Francisco is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The Jung Institute of San Francisco takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.

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