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Hedda Bolgar Series: Finding Home in the Foreign: Otherness in Immigration (Julia Beltsiou, PhD)

  • 18 Nov 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom
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Hedda Bolgar Series

Julia Beltsiou, PsyD

(New York, NY)

Friday, November 18, 2022

Finding Home in the Foreign: Otherness in Immigration 


Michael O’Loughlin, PhD

(New York, NY)

7-9pm (CST) : ZOOM

About the presentation: Julia Beltsiou explores her analytic work with a patient from the West Indies, examining how issues of longing, ambiguous belonging, and outsiderness play out between her patient and herself, complicating notions of both immigration and psychoanalysis. She describes both her patient's and her own original experiences of otherness, "pre-imnmigration otherness" that gave them the impulse for leave-taking and courting the foreign.  Moving away from home may be the only way to give contours to an opaque sense that something is not quite right, an attempt to become intelligible to ourselves and others.  What is the opportunity in speaking oneself in a new language: American English accented in Creole and German/Greek respectively? The process of settling in a strange land has at its center meeting ourselves: making ourselves at home in the foreign and at home in our foreignness.

Julia Beltsiou, PsyD is a graduate of New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. She has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of immigration and identity. In 2016, her anthology "Immigration in Psychoanalysis" was published by Routledge. She maintains a private practice in New York City, where she sees adults, couples, and adolescents.

Michael O’Loughlin is Professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences and in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University, New York. He has authored or edited many books, Including, most recently,Lives Interrupted: Psychiatric narratives of struggle and resilience(2019), and Precarities of 21stcentury childhoods: Critical explorations of time(s), place(s), and identities (2023).Since 2018 he has been co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. He is also editor of the book series, Psychoanalytic Interventions: Clinical Social, and Cultural Contexts, and co-editor of the book series Critical Childhood & Youth Studies: Theoretical Explorations and Practices in Clinical, Educational, Social, and Cultural Contexts He founded the Adelphi Asylum project to train doctoral students in asylum evaluation. He has a private practice for psychotherapy and psychoanalysis on Long Island, NY. 

Learning Objectives 

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

To identify psychological opportunities of immigration, and the challenges that immigration poses on one's sense of continuity, belonging and otherness.

- To identify how their own experiences and histories of unbelonging and otherness intersect with their patients experiences. In particular, participants will be able to notice blind spots and bright spots in the transferential matrix between themselves and their immigrant patients. 

This is an Intermediate Level Presentation

CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.
Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by November 17, 2022 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading

Beltsiou, J. (2016). Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves. Routledge, New York.

Goldberger, M. (1993). "Bright Spot," a Variant of "Blind Spot". Psychoanal Q., 62:270-273. 

Modarressi, T. (1992). Writing with an Accent. Chanteh 1, 7-9.

Said, E. (2000). Out of Place, Vintage Books. 

Winnicott, D.W. (1965). The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment. International Universities Press, Madison, CT

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD.

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis is an IRS 501(C)(3) charitable organization, and expenses may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and your personal tax situation.

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