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Mental Unrest, Social Unrest, Global Unrest: A Psychoanalytic View

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9AM-5PM

(Registration and continental breakfast, 8:30-9AM. Lunch will be provided.)


Salman Akhtar, MD

Dr Akhtar will present three papers:

Mental Pain of Minorities,

Difficulties Faced by the Next Generation,

Tripod of Terrorism.

General Admission $55

(without CE/CME)


Continuing Education Credit Hours

6 Diversity CE/CME

Fees for continuing education attendees

Non-Members $195
Current WSP Members $135
Current WSP Students $55


For your comfort during the conference,  remember to bring a sweater or to dress with layers.

The conference will be held at the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400, Washington DC 20016.



Dr. Akhtar will present his conceptualizations of the pain experienced by minorities in the U.S., the struggles faced by the first generation children of immigrants, and the psychological forces which create the global tensions within which their internal conflicts and social challenges unfold. He will elucidate his concepts with clinical material from his own practice, and offer his ideas for resolving both personal and macro tensions.




Salman Akhtar, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University, training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Among his many publications are: Broken Structures:Severe Personality Disorders and their Treatment ( Jason Aronson, 1992) and Objects of Desire: Exploring our Internal Connections with Things Around Us ( Other Press, 2005), Freud along the Ganges (2005) ,The Wound of Mortality (2010) and The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Jason Aronson, 2012). He is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Applied Analytic Studies. Among his many honors, he is recipient of the highly prestigious Sigourney Award for distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis.


9:00-10:20  Welcome, The Mental Pain of Minorities, Salman Akhtar, MD
10:35-1:00 The Next Generation, Akhtar and Small Group Discussions
1:00-2:00  Lunch 
2:00-5:00  Global Unrest, Akhtar
                  Q&A and Small Group Discussions


1. Enumerate 6 types of problems experienced by minorities.
2. Delineate variables from external reality and intrapsychic experience of minorities.
3. Identify ameliorative measures for resolving the pain of minorities in treatment.


Online registration has closed. please call the office if you still wish to attend.



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 _6 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.