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Thinking Space: Promoting Thinking about Race, Culture, and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Beyond

Open invitation to COR members interested in forming a study group together, focused on the work of Frank Lowe and colleagues. In many ways, this study group will serve as a companion for the COR hosted Thinking Space webinar series, with Frank Lowe of The Tavistock Clinic. This study group will meet online via Zoom once a month for six months, on the third Thursdays of the month, beginning in December of 2021 and ending in May of 2022. Together, we will read and discuss Thinking Space: Promoting Thinking About Race, Culture, and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Beyond, edited by Frank Lowe.


  • Series Editor’s Preface

  • Acknowledgements

  • About the Editor and Contributors

  • Foreword

  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Thinking space: the model (Frank Lowe)


  • Chapter 2: Race and our evasions of invitations to think: how identifications and idealizations may prevent us from thinking (Onel Brooks)
  • Chapter 3: Between fear and blindness: the white therapist and the black patient (Helen Morgan)


  • Chapter 4: Is it coz I’m white? (David Morgan)
  • Chapter 5: Being “black” in the transference: working under the spectre of racism (Jonathan Bradley)


  • Chapter 6: The complexity of cultural competence (Inga-Britt Krause)
  • Chapter 7: “Class is in you”: an exploration of some social class issues in psychotherapeutic work (Joanna Ryan)


  • Chapter 8: Psychoanalysis and homosexuality: keeping the discussion moving (Julieet Newbigin)
  • Chapter 9: Paradoxes and blind spots: an exploration of Irish identity in British organizations and society (Aideen Lucey)


  • Chapter 10: Dehumanization, guilt, and large-group dynamics with reference to the West, Israel and the Palestinians (Martin Kemp)
  • Chapter 11: The August 2011 Riots–them and us (Frank Lowe)

‘Thinking Space is a gift to clinicians everywhere, a gift perhaps not easy to receive but one we really must receive. Frank Lowe and colleagues offer readers the fruit of a collaboration among clinical colleagues that is enviable and well worth emulating. In chapters of great clinical depth and personal honesty, Thinking Space demonstrates how transformative it can be to work together to construct safe spaces in which clinicians, and clinicians and patients, can begin to think about painful experiences of difference, hatred of the other, and all kinds of unconscious prejudicial blindness — including the blindness inherent to our relation to the theories and institutions we hold most dear. For trainees to senior clinicians, this book is a must read.’

— Lynne Layton, PhD, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis; and Editor, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society


Times Dates
3rd Thursday of Each Month, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 12/16/21, 1/20/22, 2/17/22, 3/17/22, 4/21/22, 5/19/22


Online via Zoom


Purchase your own copy of the book (no additional fees)

Class Size

Minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants. COR membership required.


Josh Sandoz, MA, LMHC

To Register

Study Groups are Full


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