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Saturday, April 18, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“The School to Prison Pipeline:
Socially Sanctioned Violence Against Black Girls and Boys”

Presented by Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D.

This presentation is designed for clinicians, from beginning to advanced levels, who wish to advance their knowledge and expand their skill base in psychodynamic treatment with Black girls and boys. An overcrowded, demoralized and punitive educational system, in conjunction with juvenile justice, has caused child misbehavior to metabolize into criminality by funneling Black students through the juvenile justice system. The mental health system both private and public has abdicated their role in addressing and/or validating the mental health needs of Black children and therefore function as a sort of reverse triage system that prioritizes Black youth as primer fodder for incarceration at an alarming rate.

1. Participants will be able to identify how racism affects the issues of trust in the treatment of children of Color.
2. Participants will be able to identify how their own unacknowledged attitudes about race can impact their ability to treat this population.
3. Participants will be able to identify how structural racism impedes potential mentalization of children of Color.
4. Participants will appreciate the inevitability of the racialized transference / countertransference matrix in mixed racial dyads.

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. Dr. Vaughans is a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and Director of the Derner Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, where he also serves as the Director of the Derner/ Hempstead Child Clinic. He serves as a Visiting Faculty Member and Honorary Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), as well as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a retired school psychologist and the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers for Child Mental Health of Brooklyn. He is an active member of the Research Council of the New York City Young Men’s Initiative and former chairman of the board of The Harlem Family Institute: a Multicultural Psychoanalytic Training Institute.

Conference Location
Minnesota Humanities Center
987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106
Parking is Free - For Map and Directions, please visit:

Early Registration Fees submitted before March 23
SPS Members:
Early Career Professional …….…. $105
Student ………………………………….…. $75

Professional ……………….…$165
Student ……………………...… $95
Add $20 to each above amount for registration received after March 23

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Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students, interns, fellows, and residents. For consideration, please contact Joel Grostephan at
Refunds are available less a 25% charge up to two weeks before the conference
or prior to March 23; no refund available after March 23.

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SPS Membership Fee:
Professional ……………………….…. $ 80
Early Career Professional* ….….$ 40
Student ……………………………..…. $ 40
*An early career professional is one who is less than five years post degree.

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Continuing Education Credits
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 6 continuing education credits. 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.

A post- test will be provided for those who need this content for licensure. Participants applying for a new LICSW license must meet new educational requirements. For more information, please visit: SPS is a Continuing Education Provider by the MN Board of Social Work, CEP-130.

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 Nancy Bottorff at 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. All presenters will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed including the validity and utility as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks as relevant.

Participants applying for a new LICSW license must meet new educational requirements.

For more information, please see:

SPS is a Continuing Education Provider by the MN Board of Social Work, CEP-130.