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Washington School of Psychiatry

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture jointly with Washington Professionals For The Study Of Psychoanalysis

Mother of George: Cultural And Generational Influences On Identity And Relationships

A Screening and Discussion of the Film, Mother of George

Introductory remarks:

Albert J. Brok, PhD, CGP


Joel Idowu, MD
Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW
Alcia Peterkin, LCSW

Reactor and Discussion Leader:

Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP

Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019, 9:30AM-4PM

(Registration and continental breakfast, 9-9:30AM.)

(Box lunches are included.)

CE/CME credit hours

5 Diversity continuing education credits

The program is open to all.

General Admission (no CE/CME credit) $30


Regular $165

Members of Washington Professionals For The Study Of Psychoanalysis $135.

WSP Members

  • Contributing $135
  • Sustaining $120
  • Silver $112.5
  • Gold $105

WSP Current Students $30

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave, NW, #400, Washington DC 20016.


In this Presentation, we will screen the Award winning film “Mother of George" (Sundance Festival award for best cinematography. 2013), which focuses on the conflict between older and newer gender role identities. The film highlights the dilemma facing a young Nigerian couple, just married and living in Brooklyn, and how they negotiate making their marriage work in the maelstrom between their traditional Nigerian parental influences and their newly internalized American ways. The film highlights a significant general issue of how a new Couple Culture can develop within an old Culture. The pliability of parental authority in differing ecological contexts – which can either  promote or disrupt a developing couple relationship will be discussed in terms of the process of identity formation on the part of individuals and the couple they become. In addition, one of our presenters, who comes from Nigeria, will elucidate a perspective about the film which includes the specific cultural issues represented. 



  1. Compare the differences between internalized cultural structures and conflictual developmental dynamics as they are applied to clinicial practice.
  2. Describe 2 kinds of identity states
  3. Compare the dynamics of privacy and secrecy in couple relations.
  4. Discuss the impact of immigration/migration on a sense of belonging.
  5. Describe the impact of culturally ascribed gender identity on the types of intimacy in an ongoing relationship.



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 5_ 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.