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Stepping into the River: An American Psychologist in Mother India

Author and faculty member:

Marc Nemiroff, PhD

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture at WSP are sponsoring this book event.The Center promotes human welfare through the study of the range of differences among individuals and groups.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 5PM to 7PM

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016

Nemiroff tells a remarkable story of his work as a psychologist with at-risk children (and others) in India while, at the same time, allowing the reader to glimpse the shattering childhood experiences that prompted him to become a healer of children in the first place. It is the story of a spiritual journey, a vivid eyewitness account of an exotic and colorful but also unsettling place, and a resonant literary memoir that reminded me of 'The Snow Leopard.'" Jonathan Kirsch, author of "Gods Against the Gods," and "The Woman Who Laughed at God.

Please come and help us to celebrate the publication of Marc's book.

RSVP, if you will attend, to the school office.


INDIA: Home to the greatest beauty and most appalling poverty in the world. Come on a journey with American psychologist Marc Nemiroff and meet saints and sinners, the poor, Untouchables, and others who are a part of the Indian tapestry, and discover the soul of this deeply moving country.

Nemiroff and his Indian colleague, Asha Dutia, spent one month each winter for 9 years working with the disenfranchised of India: abandoned elderly blind, child and their families in the Mumbai slums, street children, young adults kidnapped as children for the sex trade, parents of deepest poverty living in hospital with their very young children receiving cancer treatment, students and teachers in Bombay''s slum schools, the inhabitants of a remote tribal village, etc.

Nemiroff intersperses the biography of his relationship with his deeply abusive mother, as it relates to his Indian story.

This book is also the story o f the development of a deep cross-cultural relationship between an Indian and an American, with ever-increasing trust, warmth, and humor.

Using an engagingly objective-yet-poignant, sometimes impressionistic style, Nemiroff passionately uncovers the spirit of India and its greatest strength: the women and men of poverty, poor mothers caring for their children under impossible circumstances. India's soul ultimately brings inspiring personal healing to the author in a concluding dream sequence.

Author and Faculty Member

Marc Nemiroff earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Catholic University. He has been interested in provision of quality mental health service to the poor and under-served for several decades. He is the author of nine other books: one text on group therapy (co-authored with Georgia DeGangi, Ph.D.) with latency and early adolescents, published by Routledge, eight children's books published by The American Psychological Association, and other professional articles, etc.

During the Gulf War, he served as media spokesperson for The American Psychological Association on issues of televised war violence and its effects on young children. He has been interviewed on national radio and been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other media. He is the recipient of the Wayne Fenton Award of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Nemiroff has been a member of The Washington School's faculty since 1995, in the Infant/Young Child Mental Health 3-Year Program, and is currently on the faculty of The School's Developmental Psychotherapy group. Nemiroff is also affiliated with The Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has presented, additionally, at the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought, the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis Film Series on Trauma, the Washington Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and to the staff of the Meyer Treatment Center at The Washington School. Dr. Nemiroff maintains a private practice for the treatment of adolescents and adults in Potomac, MD.



Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.