In mainstream psychoanalytic education, training, and theory development, topics of race, racism, and other diversities have often been marginalized. In the film Black Psychoanalysts Speak (Winograd, 2014), several psychoanalysts articulate how “thoroughly blocked” white analysts can be when it comes to the issue of race and the ways that repression around racism can render even seasoned analysts mute.
As an institution, the PCC community is in a stage of infancy in generating productive understanding and dialogue around topics of racism, cultural diversities, gender diversities, socioeconomic status, able-ism, age-ism, and differences of all kinds. We stand on the shoulders of the psychoanalysts who have invited the larger analytic community to engage in these topics in our clinical work, our teaching, and most importantly, within ourselves. All in an effort to have a greater depth of understanding of all forces, internal and external, that impact the psyche.
The PCC Anti-Racism Task Force will update links to organizations within and outside of the psychoanalytic community whose work may inform and strengthen our own. The links below lead to the Diversities Section of the Department of Psychoanalytic Education within the American Psychoanalytic Association. We encourage all members, faculty, and visitors to the website to utilize these reading lists to explore the rich literature on topics including race, ethnicity, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and political affinity.
The role of the Colleague Assistance Committee (CAC) is to offer assistance to impaired clinical members of the PCC, including Training and Supervising Psychoanalysts. The CAC has multiple roles:
To assist clinical members when colleagues, students, supervisees, family members and patients have concerns regarding the professional functioning of a clinical member. The confidentiality of all parties is our standard.
To assist a clinical member when they have concerns about their own functioning or to help them or their family manage their practice when an acute illness or death occurs.
To encourage and assist members in developing a Professional Will to aid when acute illness or death occurs.
To encourage clinical members to have a local or non-local colleague to monitor their professional ability.
The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC) is a free-standing 501(c3) non-profit organization incorporated in the state of North Carolina. The PCC is a membership organization democratically governed by an independent Board of Directors who are elected annually by its members.
One of its purposes, set in Article II of the Bylaws, is to “maintain affiliation with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) [sic], represent APsaA [sic] in North Carolina and the surrounding region and further the maintenance and development of psychoanalysis.”
As an approved APsA institute, our Psychoanalysis Training Program receives guidance from APsA’s Department of Psychoanalytic Education (DPE). The DPE is a non-regulatory committee that provides resources to support all aspects of analytic education. The PCC training program is designed to meet or exceed the DPE’s accepted APsA Standards and Principles for Psychoanalytic Education for psychoanalysts (but not for psychoanalytic psychotherapists or others) and follows the APsA recommended requirements for the appointment of Training and Supervising Analysts.
All PCC members are now eligible to become APsA members, should they choose to pay dues. APsA members recently voted to amend its bylaws to extend membership and voting rights to enrollees and graduates in psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs. PCC Community members are also eligible for APsA membership but without voting rights. In 2022, approximately one-third of PCC members were also APsA members (51 of 152 PCC members).
The PCC makes an annual payment to APsA in order to maintain its affiliation, remain eligible to offer CE/CMEs through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and pay dues to the Council of Executive Directors (the network of professional administrative staff from all approved training affiliates). Those fees are as follows:
APsA Affiliation Fee ($15 per member with dues obligation): $615
In 2022, 41 members (10 life members are exempt)
APsA CME Joint Sponsorship Service Fee: $950
APsA Council of Executive Directors Dues: $75
As an affiliate, the PCC also agrees to select a councilor (and one alternate) to represent the PCC as a member of the APsA Board of Directors (Article VI; Section 1.E. Affiliated Organizations).
APsA requires us to maintain an Ethics Committee and a Colleague Assistance Committee. The PCC adopted the APsA Principles and Standards of Ethics for Psychoanalysts in our bylaws (Exhibit 1: Ethics and Discipline). The bylaws also establish that the PCC Ethics Chair and another member of our Ethics Committee must be members of APsA (Article IV; Section 1.F. Ethics Committee).