October 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre
The Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge presents
ELIZABETH SIMPSON, LCSW
FEAR OF BREAKDOWN: INTERNAL AGONIES AND URBAN LIFE
How do we understand and help our clients when internal reality and primitive agonies are mirrored by the socio-cultural realities of urban “development,” such as the collapse of mental health services, systematic oppression, homelessness and gentrification? Psychoanalytic and social theories offer us a lens to understand how issues of identity and psychic resilience, are informed by race, trauma, class and culture. If we are able to reflect about the collusion of internal and external fantasies and realities we might be a step closer to providing effective and humane care for our clients.
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Elizabeth Simpson, LCSW, is analyst and faculty member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP), and associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where she has taught residents for over twenty years. Since 2010, Simpson has been the co-chair and founder of the Coalition for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), an SFCP community outreach project that addresses the needs of early-career front-line social workers. Six years ago, Simpson also developed The Working Together Retreat Project at SFCP to develop leadership and committee membership.