The White Supremacist Within: Antonio R. Virsida, Ph.D., Commemorative Conference

  • 11/05/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • NOVA Southeastern University - Maltz 2058


  • Student ID Required

The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology in collaboration with the

Department of Clinical and School Psychology in the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University present:

PRESENTER:  Chanda Griffin, LCSW


With Case Presenter:

Morgan Levy, Ph.D.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

(Continental Breakfast & Registration begins at 8:35 AM)


Nova Southeastern University

Maxwell Maltz Psychology Building Room 2058 (second floor)

Main Campus Address

3301 College Avenue

Maltz Psychology Building Room 2055/2057

Davie, Florida 33314



This presentation will consist of two parts. In the first part, Chanda D. Griffin, LCSW, will illustrate how white supremacist ideology and/or western culture is pervasive and impacts us all, black or white, therapist or non-therapist. Recent psychoanalytic literature has given greater attention to how psychological theory and practice mirrors and reinforces racism in America. However, much of the current discourse has centered on white-identified subjectivity as it relates to the construct of “Whiteness” with many questions still left unanswered. Some of these questions include: How do dominant cultural beliefs impact persons of color? How are these beliefs internalized, accepted as a “truth” or countered within Black, Indigenous, and People of Color’s subjectivity and identity? Ms. Griffin will explore the internalized white supremacist ideology of an African-American Analyst and its impact on the therapeutic relationship. The emphasis throughout will be on clinical applications of the material. Ms. Griffin will provide clinical examples of two patients. In these examples, she will demonstrate how she examined racialized transference/countertransference dynamics, evoking defenses such as projection, denial, and avoidance, along with feelings of envy, shame, and guilt.

Ms. Griffin’s presentation will be followed by a dialogue with Dr. Morgan Levy, a mixed white/Indian therapist, who will present the treatment of a black patient and explore the transference/countertransference dynamics that have arisen during the course of treatment. There will be ample opportunity for audience participation in the discussion.


Chanda D. Griffin, LCSW is a teaching, training, and supervising analyst at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and co-chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity at MIP. She is a faculty member of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. (NIP), The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP), and an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman Graduate School of Social Work at Hunter College. Chanda is the co-author of The Secret Society: Perspectives from a Multiracial Cohort. She has also contributed blogs to The Psychoanalytic Activist and Analysis Now. Chanda is a member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and is in private practice in New York City.

Morgan Levy, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Boca Raton, FL. Her practice is entirely online. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with a specialty in complex trauma and anxiety. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Levy has been active in the Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, where she was the 2021 President and is an active board member. She completed a one-year training in Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (IPPP) at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, & Psychology.


  1. Participants will be able to describe the importance of racial identity for both clinician and patient in psychoanalytic practice both in inter-racial and intra-racial dyads.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss how personal race identity impacts psychoanalytic practice.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the impact and pervasiveness of white supremacist ideology.
  4. Describe how psychological theory and practice mirrors and reinforces racism in America.

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 This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3.5 CE credits. 

SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587, expires March 31, 2023). 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. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  SEFAPP and Division 39 are 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 participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to SEFAPP Administrator at (954) 637-3883.


*In order to receive CE credits for this conference, participants must attend the event in full.  Due to potential unforeseen technical issues that may arise, registration will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the event and we encourage you to connect in advance to avoid tardiness.  Please verify that your name appears in your Zoom window as you would like it to appear on your certificate of attendance.  To receive CE credits, you must arrive no later than 10 minutes of the start time and must stay until the end of the event when a moderator will take a final tally of complete attendance.


*Ensuring the confidentiality of all clinical material presented at our meetings is of the utmost importance to SEFAPP.  Attendance is contingent on an agreement to adhere to the following guidelines: Clinical material must not be discussed outside of the session in which it is presented and furthermore must not be recorded, conveyed, or disseminated in written or electronic form.  Participants must agree to maintain a secure environment to be utilized solely by the registered participant and protected from intrusion by, or exposure to, unauthorized persons.  Presenters of case material must have either obtained informed consent from the patient (or guardian) or taken other carefully considered measures to safeguard confidentiality.  If at any time a participant suspects he or she may recognize the identity of a patient in a case presentation, the participant must leave the session immediately.  Failure to observe these guidelines constitutes a breach of APA’s ethical principles and may be cause for disciplinary and/or legal action

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