Cultural Competency Conference
Truth, Trauma, Privilege and Care: A Framework for Psychoanalytic Action

Presented via Zoom by Betty Teng, LCSW

April 13, 2024
9:00am – 12:15pm Central Time

3 Cultural Competency CEU/CE credits will be awarded.

Zoom invite will be provided on registration.
This program will not be recorded for future viewing.

Full Members: $120
Student Members: $50

Non-members: $150


Instructional Level: Beginner – Advanced 

This presentation will consider the concepts of Trauma, Truth, Privilege and Care, which sit at the intersection of the psychological and the sociopolitical in the U.S. How can we recognize historical trauma (such as slavery, the displacement and genocide of Native Americans and the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII) being repeated in modern day times with the murder of George Floyd and the January 6th, 2021 siege of the U.S. Capitol? How can we recognize that we are blind to these traumas as we ourselves are the perpetrators?  
As American psychoanalysts, we are uniquely positioned to consider such sociopolitical blindness by offering ways to break this cycle.  Central to our practice is to be aware of our privileges — which is to say our power — and meet the traumas of our patients with truth and care. In these increasingly polarized and volatile sociopolitical times, the tools of psychoanalysis — such as the prioritization of thinking over acting out, and the deep consideration of unconscious processes — are particularly useful in making psychological sense of what can seem like sociopolitical nonsense. In so doing, we have an opportunity to prevent further harm.  
How do we turn our powerful lens of psychoanalytic reflection upon ourselves and our professional communities to meet difficult Truths and take greater Care? Can we open our session doors to the sociopolitical and deploy our honed skills of reflection to help not only our patients — but our communities, our society and ourselves? By applying psychoanalysis to the sociopolitical and considering ourselves as both citizens and analysts can we become more inclusive, more equitable, more respectful — and more humane? 


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the ways in which Trauma, Truth, Privilege and Care are “psycho-sociopolitical phenomenon,” and consider what psychological drivers may underlie repetitive socio-political conflicts. 
  • Assess the therapeutic skills psychotherapists and psychoanalysts have with respect to Trauma, Truth, Privilege and Care — and how this allows us to build a framework which makes space for greater understanding and articulation about divisive American sociopolitical struggles which preclude thinking.
  • Explain what ‘Privilege’ means and how it can function for each individual, intrinsically and extrinsically–and how awareness (or unawareness) of the different privileges held by patient and therapist impacts articulation and anxiety within the therapeutic dyad.


Betty Teng, LCSW, MFA is a psychoanalyst and trauma therapist who has worked with survivors of war, political torture, sexual assault, domestic violence and childhood sexual molestation at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Victims Services Program in Manhattan, at the Bellevue / NYU Langone Program for Survivors of Torture, and in private practice. She is co-founder and co-host of the psycho-political podcast, Mind of State, a project which emerged out of collaborations with fellow co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Betty is a contributing essayist in Adam Phillips’ book, The Cure for Psychoanalysis and co-editor and co-author of the book, Mind of State: Conversations on the Psychological Conflicts Stirring U.S. Politics and Society, released in December 2023. A graduate of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in NYC, Betty teaches and supervises at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. She sees adults and couples in private practice remotely and in her Manhattan office.  

Menakem, Resmaa. 2017. My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies. Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press.

Lifton, Robert. 2019. Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry. New York, NY: The New Press.

Woodly, Deva. 2022. Reckoning: Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.