BPSI’s Psychoanalysis and Social Awareness program – an outgrowth of the Kravitz Award – was created to promote community involvement. Committee members include  members of Physicians for Human Rights, a Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, and individuals who work with the homeless and consult to immigrants seeking asylum.

The program stimulates greater interaction and exchange, by both our Members and the community, regarding issues of social justice and change. By keeping our Members informed about groups and activities surrounding social justice, and communicating to the greater community about related BPSI programs, BPSI Members are able to learn from others and, in looking at social justice from an analytic standpoint, offer guidance to organizations or individuals regarding actions that can be taken.

We also provide information about relevant activities, such as public lectures, conferences, and BPSIʼs own programs, which are open to the public.

Chair: Deborah Choate, MD (DChoate123@comcast.net)


Webinars of interest:

Human Trafficking of Women and Children in the United States: Policy and Prevention

Friday, April 10, 2015 12:00-5:30 pm
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

This will be a psychoanalytically informed live conference and simultaneous webinar to train health care professionals to identify, treat and advocate for survivors of the particular trauma of human trafficking, with a number of distinguished panelists including survivors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, government officials, and directors of organizations against trafficking.

For more information, email info@healthcareagainsttrafficking.com 

PHR (Physicians for Human Rights) Asylum Program Training
“Introduction to Forensic Documentation of Trauma: Aiding Immigrant Survivors of Torture and other Human Rights Abuses”
Saturday, April 11, 2015 12:30-5:00 PM
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

For information contact asylum@phrusa.org 


Films of interest:

Fruitvale Station A compelling movie, this is the story of the seemingly humdrum, until it wasn’t, last day of a man in Oakland, CA, who, unarmed, was unjustly shot and killed by police.

Twelve Years a Slave


Books of interest:

*new* Freud’s Free Clinics – Psychoanalysis and Social Justice 1918-1938, by Elizabeth Ann Danto

*new* Identities in Transition – The Growth and Development of a Multicultural Therapist, by Monisha Nayar-Aktar

States of Denial-Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering, By Stanley Cohen,  Polity Press, 2001.

Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon who looks at diversity in families with widely different issues in their offspring.

The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives Edited by Salman Akhtar


Video of Interest:

“Black Psychoanalysts Speak”

An extremely interesting series of interviews with black psychoanalysts talking about their experiences in psychoanalysis, the relevancy and irrelevancy of current training, issues of prejudice, ideas as to how things could change. Available on PEP


Check the BPSI calendar and What’s New at BPSI for upcoming programs.
We will also be posting a blog in the fall.