For Dr. Begum Maitra the completion of Culture and Madness (Maitra and Krause, 2014) marked an important point in a career-long fascination with cultural meanings, especially in how these influence our understandings of distress. Training as a doctor and psychiatrist in the post-colonial India of the seventies it was clear from the texts she studied that the bases of these ideas were far from universal, and profoundly imbued with western cultural values. The privileges of more than 30 years of training and clinical practice in Britain provided her with much material, and led to further questions about the premises on which we base our therapeutic interventions. The workshop will dip into Culture and Madness, and the material it pulls together from a range of sources – ethnographic studies, research in the fields of psychology and psychiatry, epidemiological studies, and clinical material. And as the book does, she will draw on the film How Culture Matters (Maitra and Livingstone, 2010) based on intra- and inter-community conversations that explore the interface between cultural groups and therapeutic traditions. Jungian thought has influenced the development of therapeutic schools in many non-
Western societies. The opposite trend has understandably been more complex since it includes not only the de-construction of the cultural sources of psychodynamic and Jungian thought, but requires the practitioner to grapple with much more that is challenging – politically, emotionally, and in relationships that range from the personal to societal. While it is undeniable that much unites us in our ‘human’ preoccupations with meaning, attachments and wider relationships, this workshop will consider some of the ways in which ‘difference’ must be central to psychotherapeutic work.
Begum Maitra, MRCPSYCH, MD (PSY), Jungian analyst, is currently in private practice as a child psychiatrist and independent expert, and adult psychotherapist in the UK. Her interest in culture and the politics of expertise began with her psychiatric training in India, when the difficulties of ‘fit’ between Indian needs and the practice of ‘Western’ psychiatry made apparent the cultural bias and colonialist ideologies implicit in medicine.Dr Maitra worked for sixteen years as a consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist for the British National Health Service in inner London. She has contributed to projects on cultural competence in mental health services, the impact of policy on minority ethnic children in court, and has served on the Board of Governors of Coram Family, and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Research on Nationalism Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, UK. Her publications address assessment of children’s needs, parenting and risk across cultures, psychotherapy, and training. Most recently, Dr Maitra has published Culture and Madness: A Training Resource, Film and Commentary for Mental Health Professionals (Maitra and Krause, 2014).
Yuri Iwaoka-Scott, MD, AM, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Community Behavioral Health Services at the San Francsico Department of Public Health. She has a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago, and an MD from UCSF. She did her residency training in community psychiatry at the San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Residency Training Program and her fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCSF where she worked at Edgewood Center for Children and Families and at San Francisco General Hospital's Child and Adolescent Services and Child Trauma Research Program. She has broad interests in social psychology, attachment, psychotherapy, family systems, schools, integrative medicine, and the intersection between healing and the arts.
Susan Williams, MFT, is an adult, adolescent, and child Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley, California. She trained and practiced in London before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area, where she became a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in 2003. She is on the teaching faculty of both the adult and child analytic training programs. She has a special interest in the relationship between home, landscape, and psyche. She has lectured and taught on infant mental health, aliveness and deadness, and autism and autistic states of mind. In addition to her private practice, she consults to Marin County of Education's programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders and assesses infants and toddlers at risk for autism or other developmental disabilities.
The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Jung Institute of San Francisco takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.