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Palestine: A Study of Personal and Social Trauma and Resistance

Date(s) - 01/24/2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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$42 – $50 USD
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The WTCI (Women's Therapy Centre Institute)

About this Event

This event will be presented online via Zoom; login information will be shared with ticketholders.

Late in 2019, Susan went to the West Bank of Palestine with a group of mental health professionals to study trauma and resistance under a racist colonial system. The group, The US-Palestine Mental Health Network, was made up of 20 highly experienced social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. The group visited three sites a day for 10 days ranging from agencies providing social services, legal services, mental health, refugee services, and more. We have much to learn from the mental health workers there who developed creative ways of helping the public who all had feelings of terror, despair, humiliation, rage, and more. Susan will give a didactic account of the highlights of the trip, showing slides of places the group saw along the way. Participants will learn about the treatment of trauma in this setting as we study it here in the West as well as from the study of colonial trauma written about by Franz Fanon and his colleagues. We will follow this talk and a short slide presentation with audience discussion, questions, and responses.

Susan Gutwill has an MA (ABD) in sociology and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and activist. Practicing for 40 years, she specializes in how external reality interacts with internal personal space. She has a specialization in eating and body image problems and interpersonal trauma, including working with severe dissociation. She has been on the faculty of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute since 1983 and the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of NJ. Susan has been a consultant and supervisor at these institutes as well as at Rutgers School of Social Work. Susan is a long-standing member of Division 39 (the Division for Psychoanalysis of the APA) and is currently active in Section 9, Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility. Susan is the co-author of Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model and co-editor and contributor to Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics, Encounters in the Clinical Setting.


The New York State Education Department has approved this workshop for 2 contact hours (CEUs).

Participants will complete an online survey following the event in order to receive a certificate of participation.

The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute Training Program has been recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0102 and Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0018. The Program has been recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers #SW-0361.

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