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Diversity Book Meet-up: The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 9250 Limestone Place College Park, MD 20740
  • 10



Host/Discussant: Nancy Harris

Category: 2 | CEUs: 2.0

On behalf of the Diversity Committee meet-ups you are invited to attend a discussion of The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker, book II of the Regeneration Triology. This book can be read alone and I can fill people in on any details that were covered in the first and third books of the trilogy. We will be exploring issues of gender, class and sexual identity in the context of this great anti-war novel, but generalized to our present time, as all of these issues are still with us. In addition to these issues so germane to our thoughts on diversity with ourselves and our clients, the book looks at the impact of childhood abuse, trauma recovery, and dissossiative states in an early example of psychotherapy, I encourage you to read the book (or the whole trilogy which isn’t long), but you are certainly welcome to join us if you haven’t read it.

No cost to attend and snacks will be provided.

Link to book:

Discussion Questions:

  1. It is clear in terms of events in the book how Billy’s symptoms are related to his war experiences. But how do we understand his symptoms in terms of class and sexual identity issues, as portrayed in the book?
  2. Billy at times struggles with his relationship to his therapist Dr. Rivers. How is their conflict related to class differences?
  3. Billy must hide aspects of his sexuality, both from his therapist, general society, and his fiancée Sarah. How does this affect him? How does this affect his recovery from PTSD?

There are undoubtedly other questions that will arise as we talk. We might also think about how class differences are played out in our military.

Finally we can think about our own and our client’s acceptance of our own and others’ sexual identity as well as class differences.

Contact: Nancy Harris | (301) 385-3375

Note: Nancy has a cat!

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