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WCSPP’S Diversity Film Forum Presents: Reactions, Responses and Reflections on Spike Lee’s  Do the Right Thing

March 12, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

WCSPP’S Diversity Film Forum Presents:

Reactions, Responses and Reflections on Spike Lee’s

Do the Right Thing

Friday, March 12th, 2021

7:30 – 9:30pm

Please join us to discuss and de-construct Spike Lee’s ground-breaking, provocative and evocative movie, “Do the Right Thing” (1989). Filmed more than thirty years ago, “Do the Right Thing” was described as coming “closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time” (Roger Ebert). Sadly, this film is more relevant than ever in 2021.

Trailer:  https://youtu.be/muc7xqdHudI

Taking place on one day, on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, “Do the Right Thing” takes us into the lives of several members of this community. Tensions build under the scorching summer heat. With an incredible cast, great cinematography and direction, we are drawn in, right to the film’s controversial end.

We invite you to pay very close attention to all your reactions to this film and its characters. Take special notice of those moments when you feel uncomfortable. What can you learn about yourself and your biases? 

PLEASE NOTE: The movie will NOT be shown at the time of the presentation. Participants are responsible for watching the movie on their own beforehand: Do the Right Thing is available for free through your local library (there are 24 DVDs in circulation in Westchester) or it can be rented for $5 or less on Amazon Prime Video, GooglePlay, etc.). 

Registration fee: $20 (includes CE hours)

To register please go to the link below. Deadline to register is March 10th!



Dalphine E. Meadows, LMSW, MBA, CSAC-T, a graduate of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at WCSPP. is the president of the Westchester Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. She has been a supervisor at the Westchester County Department of Probation. Ms. Meadows is currently in private practice and works as a psychotherapist at the Family Mental Health Clinic in Yonkers.

Rob Muller, Ph.D is a faculty member and supervisor at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Muller is a graduate of the psychoanalytic training program at WCSPP and the former co-director of WCSPP’s Diversity Committee. Dr Muller has consulted and supervised at The Riverdale Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY; Pace University-Pleasantville and the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, Bronx, NY. Dr Muller has supervised psychiatric residents at the Westchester County Medical Center as well as psychology graduate students from a wide variety of New York programs. He has private practice offices in Pleasantville and Manhattan.

 Jonathan Rust, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Counselor Education at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. Dr. Rust is a graduate of the Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at WCSPP. His areas of expertise in research, teaching, psychotherapy, and consulting include understanding how racial/cultural factors—and the societal power and privilege dynamics associated with these factors—systemically affect the psychosocial development and mental health of racially/culturally diverse groups. He has conducted numerous training workshops on diversity and multicultural counseling. Dr. Rust is a NYS licensed psychologist and a National Certified Counselor, who maintains a private practice in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Identify three factors that have contributed to a foundation of mistrust and anger felt by African-Americans;
2. Identify three ways to demonstrate respect to patients whose race, ethnicity, religion, and/or social class, etc. are different than your own;
3. Recognize personal emotional reactions and/or experiences of discomfort related to racially sensitive situations and describe how these feelings might affect your clinical work.
The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by NY State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers # 00063; Licensed Psychoanalysts # P-0027; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040; Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0075; and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0028.

A completed evaluation must be submitted at the end of the event via Survey Monkey. 

Who should attend:  Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, other mental health professionals, nurses, graduate students.


March 12, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST