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Speaker Program Meeting: November 7, 2020

Presenters: Aisha Abbasi MD, Lycia Alexander-Guerra MD,

Linda Berkowitz LMHC, Carolyn Smith LMHC


Aisha Abbasi, MD is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and its immediate Past President. She has twice received the Ira Miller Award from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society for best clinical paper of the year.  She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Associationand on the Editorial Board of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  She is licensed and practices in both Michigan and Florida. She is the author of the book The Rupture of Serenity: External Intrusions and Psychoanalytic Technique (Routledge Press).

Lycia Alexander-Guerra, MD is the President of the Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc (TBIPS) and a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice. She attended medical school at Boston University and received psychoanalytic training at New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society where she has served as its president.

Linda Berkowitz, LMHC has been a counselor in Florida for 26 years.  Her Specialties include play therapy and individual psychotherapy. Linda received a Master’s in School Psychology at City College of New York and has completed 3 years of psychotherapy training and 5 years of psychoanalytic classes at the Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies.  Linda is a member of the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society and currently holds the Member-at-Large board position.

Carolyn Smith, LMHC has 10 years’ experience in counseling, with a focus on working with individuals with anxiety, depression, and trauma. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Troy University, and has completed two years of classes at the Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies.  She is a member of the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society and its President from May 2018-May 2020.                 


DATE:                    Saturday, November 7, 2020

TIME:                    9:30am-12:30pm

LOCATION:           Zoom

CHARGE:              9:30am:  $10 ($45 non-members and friend members if requesting CME/CEUs; 3 CME/CEUs free to Clinical Members upon request, 9   

                              CME/CEUs  per speaker year free to Corresponding Members upon request,)


Discussant Book List:

Aisha Abbasi, MD: “Caste” Isabel Wilkerson

Lycia Alexander-Guerra, MD: “The Fire Next Time” James Baldwin; “Between the World and Me” Ta-Nehisi Coates; “How to Be an Antiracist” Ibram X. Kendi

Linda Berkowitz, LMHC: “The Wretched of the Earth” Frantz Fanon; “Black Skin, White Masks” Frantz Fanon

Carolyn Smith, LMHC: “Fatal Invention” Dorothy Roberts; “The Condemnation of Blackness” Khalil Gibran Muhammad


(9:30am-12:30pm) "Decolonize Your Mind: Antiracist Literature"

 Summary:   Many countries were founded on colonialism, including the United States.  Systemic racism persists today.  Mental health clinicians are not immune to the culture in which we live. This can affect our everyday lives and will inevitably affect our clinical practice.  The four discussants will explore several anti-racist books and how to use anti-racist resources to deepen the treatment with clients.  A book list will be provided to attendees.

Objectives: Upon completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

CME Criteria

  1. Describe the clinical implications of ‘colonization of the mind’.
  2. Describe how knowledge about systematic racism can deepen the treatment with patients.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 7 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society has been approved by the Florida Dept. of Health to provide Continuing Education Accreditation to Psychologists (Provider # PCE-46, Exp. 5/22) and Clinical Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors (Provider # BAP 423, Exp. 3/21). The Society certifies that these courses meet the requirements of the Board on an hour-per-hour basis for continuing education credits.


Deadline for Payment Online is the Wednesday before the meeting before 5:00pm.  Registered attendees will be sent a meeting link the Thursday before the program.  If you paid but did not receive a meeting link please contact Alan Alonso President TBPS: PresidentTBPS2020@gmail.com.




TBPS provides high quality continuing education seminars and study groups in psychoanalytic theory and clinical application. It offers a supportive, inclusive, collegial community for mental health professionals in the Tampa Bay area.
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