North American Representatives
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Candidates for North American Representative (in alphabetical order)
I am most concerned about the vigor and survival of Clinical Practice in Psychoanalysis. Unless we are vigilant and creative – Psychoanalysis will become a boutique profession and our Component Institutes and the International Psychoanalytic Association will lose their significance. Clinical Practice has diminished significantly locally, nationally and internationally. Candidates in training – fewer in number every year - struggle to find suitable analytic cases and many senior members have “open” treatment hours. Whereas internal squabbles locally and nationally as well as concerns about training standards must remain on our agenda, our efforts to inform our communities of the value and opportunities offered by psychoanalytic training and treatment, must be paramount in our vision and efforts. The IPA cannot do outreach directly – however, it can creatively and with strength encourage, educate, highlight, support and reward local groups that invest in effective outreach programs. We must then share with each other the kinds of programs that are successful.
As President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, I traveled to the 30+ Institutes around the United States underscoring the importance of engaging the community and offering people the opportunity to learn about Psychoanalysis and to create programs that would help increase our visibility. Though not the customary (or most comfortable) venues for clinicians, it is imperative that we seek venues to give public lectures, be discussants, to engage with other disciplines, to teach at colleges, to be available as consultants on community issues, and a host of other opportunities to underscore what psychoanalysis can offer. In past generations we reveled in isolation, but we have learned that “elitism does not sell”.
In the recent years the IPA Board has focused on the serious Aging Problem in our organizations (National and International) and the financial implications of Senior Members retiring. The only real effective way to address this issue is to interest and involve younger people to seek analytic training and becoming members of the IPA. This effort must be tied to promoting the value and accessibility of psychoanalysis to the public. We cannot with integrity enlist more candidates, if clinical practice continues to diminish.
The road before us is difficult, but unless we focus our attention on this task of enhancing Clinical Practice – the future will indeed by gloomy.
As Past Treasurer and Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association and as a current member of the IPA Board and a member of the Executive Committee I believe we can face this challenge with vigor and integrity.
This would be my priority if reelected to the IPA Board.
List of Positions
In the IPA I have served in the House of Representatives, and I am currently on the IPA Board and I am a member of the Executive Committee. In the American Psychoanalytic Association I have been Treasurer and then President of the Association as well as a member on the Board of Professional Standards and Councilor on the Executive Council. In my local Institute, I have served as President, Executive Director and Chair of the Education Committee. I am a Training and Supervising Analyst. At the University of Pennsylvania I am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Psychoanalytic Committee.
Arlene Kramer Richards
I am running for International Psychoanalytical Association representative for North America because I want to work to make psychoanalysis analysis more accessible, more available and more understandable to the wider world. I believe that the way to do this is to reach out to the public and to each other as well.
This agenda comes from my recent experience establishing a program of Dynamic Psychotherapy in Wuhan, China. IPA analysts teach 250 psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists from all over China.
It was reported to the third IPA China Congress in Shanghai and to the IPA Congress in Mexico City. The program can become a model for introducing psychoanalytic principles and practices to other countries that have to cope with the trauma and loss which follow from social upheaval and industrialization. Now in its second year both teachers and students give us high marks.
I have had a long and deep involvement in the IPA since the settlement of the lawsuit that allowed non-medical psychoanalysts in the United States to become members of the IPA. The settlement allowed members of The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and The New York Freudian Society (now the Contemporary Freudian Society) to join the IPA. With that precedent established other non-medical groups were able to join in subsequent years
We were welcomed enthusiastically by colleagues from Canada, Europe and South America medical and non medical. Our acceptance was facilitated by their willingness to help us and by our willingness to negotiate our standards to conform to IPA requirements in the future at the same colleagues who were trained in the past with standards that were “functionally equivalent” to IPA standards where accepted at the time of the settlement.
Since becoming a member of the IPA, I have served on the Committee to Evaluate Research Proposals, I have been Co-Chair of the Pre-Congress of Training Analysts, have given papers, been a discussant and have chaired panels. I have been North American Co-chair of the Committee on Women in Psychoanalysis for the past decade. During that time I organized a conference on international adoption that attracted many people who had the opportunity to hear psychoanalytic ideas and to meet psychoanalysts from Europe and the United States as well as adoptees telling their own stories. I have enjoyed working with colleagues on all of these projects.
My IPA project team experience led to becoming Chair of the Training Analyst Committee of The Contemporary Freudian Society. We succeeded in replacing the Training Analyst process from a highly arbitrary, subjective and onerous procedure to one that is objective and transparent and includes courses in ethics and supervision. The process of this initiative included town meetings, immediate feedback to the participants and on-going revision to meet the needs of the members and the institute It has raised the morale and the collegiality of our members.
My aim is to bring this same spirit of collegiality, inclusion and mutual respect to the IPA .
List of Positions
Co-Chair for North America of Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis of IPA, Member Committee on Research of IPA, Co-Chair Training Analyst Pre-Congress of IPA in San Francisco, Chair Training Analyst Selection Committee of New York Freudian Society, Chair Committee for Revision of Training Analyst Standards of New York Freudian Society, President Section One Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, Member Program Committee Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
I am deeply committed to psychoanalysis as a treatment and profession, passionately interested in facilitating development of a broad range of psychoanalytic theories and ideas and determined to encourage opportunities for open and substantive dialogue between colleagues throughout the world.
During my first term on the Board, I have worked to create strong, collaborative relationships between Board members and an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual understanding and respect. In conjunction with relevant IPA Committees, we have begun to address many of the key issues facing the IPA – and psychoanalysis - worldwide:
- Our aging membership – over 60% of our members are over 60 years old.
- Recruiting, training and developing the next generation of analysts.
- Case finding and the diminished presence of psychoanalysis in universities, clinics, training programs and the general culture.
In addition, I have:
- Served on the newly created Appoinments Committee, helping to create a more transparent and participatory process of proposing and screening potential appointees to IPA committees.
- Served on the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee, which, through extensive consultation with Societies throughout the 3 Regions, has revised the strategic aims of the IPA to meet our current challenges.
- Helped establish a Board Liason Group to the IPA Research Board, to facilitate communication and understanding and ensure that projects sponsored by the Research Board will be aligned with our new strategic aims.
My continuing vision for the IPA is progressive and conservative, pragmatic and nostalgic. As the international voice of psychoanalysis, the IPA preserves our continuity with Freud and our founders and represents a tradition of excellence in clinical practice, scientific thought, research, professional ethics and training. While this tradition must be honored and preserved, we cannot remain static as a profession or a clinical practice. Our field is vital and continues to have a powerful and important contribution to make to the general welfare of our patients and the intellectual culture of our times. We must insure that psychoanalysis continues to grow, balancing the need for continuity and preservation of past achievements with innovation and change. We must adapt to present realities and expand the boundaries of all that remains to be discovered.
To these ends, I am committed to
- expand opportunities for inter-and intra-regional dialogues and meetings and foster scientific thought and exchange, using the scientific strength and initiatives of the IPA to help overcome cultural and geographical separations among our members and draw North American members closer to international colleagues.
- support responsible initiatives that encourage liberalization, transparency, inclusiveness and psychoanalytic pluralism. Where differences exist, we must engage members in comparative psychoanalytic studies, working groups and discussions, rather than meaningless polemical arguments.
- promote the use of our resources to support the needs of existing member Societies in case-finding, attraction of candidates, government relations, strengthening professional standards, protecting patient confidentiality and other areas of local concern.
List of Positions
IPA: Board of Directors, Appointments Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, 2011-present. APsaA: Chair, Committee on Confidentiality 1997-2007; Chair, Committee on Local Health Care Initiatives,1997-2002; Committee on Government Relations 1997-present; Program Committee 1986-1989, 1998-2001; COPE Study Group on Boundaries and Boundary Violations,1996 – 2008. Local Societies (BPSI; PINE; MIP): Chair, Program Committee; Board of Directors; Education Committee; Curriculum Committee; Organizing Committee, Advanced Training Program in Psychotherapy. Other: Co-Chair, 2009 International Bion Conference, Boston, MA.
Two years ago, you elected me to the post of North American regional representative to the IPA Board. I now ask for your renewed support and re-election, and promise to continue my energetic, progressive service if elected.
During the past 2 years my understanding of and commitment to the IPA has grown alongside my wishes for the ways in which the IPA can impact the lives of its members. These wishes fall into two broad categories: training and governance. If elected my priorities would be as follows:
Expanding opportunities for analytic training:
In order to develop a growing cohort of new analysts, we need to leverage traditional programs with innovative training models.
This is especially important in the face of dwindling candidate applications among early career clinicians. To this end I serve on the IPA/IPSO Relations Committee whose prime task it is to promote analytic training. My efforts have been two-fold; piloting models, including the use of distance learning and emerging technologies, that make training more accessible, and promoting increased participation of candidates on IPA committees. As founding president of PINC and coordinator of PINC’s Regional Training Center, I bring experience and perspective to this task.
Governance: membership, involvement, and resources:
Being a member of the IPA is an honor, but an organization has to be more than honorific to impact the professional life of its members. At a time when a reorganization of the IPA is in progress, I supported initiatives that insure a more palpable presence for members. Specifically:
- The establishment of an Appointments Committee that democratizes the IPA by providing a venue for societies to propose members as vacancies arise.
- The implementation of the “links” system by which each society has a board member link. I am the link to the North American independent societies, and have worked to keep societies aware of and alert to matters that will impact all of us.
- The involvement of all component societies in the development of a strategic plan that directs the use of IPA resources. I am pleased to have served on this task force. The outcome of this project mandates the global promotion of psychoanalysis, full, transparent participation for members, and the maintenance of professional standards.
I ask for your vote and pledge my passion and vitality to the position.
List of Positions
IPA: North American Representative 2011-2013. Member, Strategic Planning Task Force 2011-2012. Member, IPA/IPSO Committee 2012 – present. Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California: Founding President 1990 – 94 Board of Directors 1990 – present. Dean of Candidates 2004 – 2011. Co-Chair IPA Affiliation Committee 2010 – present. Co-Coordinator, Regional Training Program 2003- present. Building Acquisition Committee 2007 – 2012 Chair, Nominations Committee 1995 – 2005. Chair, Curriculum Committee 1995 – 2000. Member, IPA Affiliation Committee 2000 – 2008. Member, Finance Committee 1990 - 2005
I am a graduate in adult (1973) and child analysis (1974) from the British Psychoanalytic Institute and earlier trained at the Hampstead Clinic (graduated 1969). I served on the faculty of the Hampstead Clinic and the British Psychoanalytic. After returning to the US in 1977 I served as Chief psychologist and Associate Professor in the child psychiatric department of the University of Michigan and supervisor and faculty member of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. I was certified in adult and child psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association, served two terms on the COCAA committee of the BOPS , was chair of the C/A committee of the Michigan Psa. Institute and I am currently geographical supervisor on the faculty of 4 American Psychoanalytic Institutes. I am an IPA training and supervising analyst serving on the faculty of the Contemporary Freudian Society (NY). As chair of the Michigan C/A committee I was instrumental in designing and implementing the first fully integrated Child and Adult training program. Together with Kerry Kelly Novick and other psychoanalysts I started the award winning Allen Creek Preschool in Ann Arbor, MI and served as research director, family consultant and development director for 16 years and Board Vice president for 4 years. With other psychoanalysts I started the International “Alliance for Psychoanalytic Schools.”
With Kerry Novick I have written 4 books and many articles on sadomasochism, termination, psychoanalytic technique and most recently on concurrent parent work in child and adolescent analysis and on the translation of psychoanalytic knowledge to parents, teachers and all those who work with children.
The emphasis in all my work and the many talks we give in the US and Europe is:
a) Psychoanalysis benefits from application to “life span analysis,” work from infancy to old age. All analysts in training and afterwards would benefit from experience with all ages.
b) Psychoanalysis is a “multi modal technique.” Rather than describing analysis as an ever-narrowing technique applicable to fewer and fewer people, we should reclaim the techniques of the past and integrate the findings of new challenging ideas.
c) Focus on and describe the realistic goals of analysis rather than forcing therapists to battle with each other over techniques.
d) Find a language (as Freud did in the original German) that appeals to ordinary people who need help rather than pseudo scientific jargon.
If elected I would try to engage with others to see if we can find a way to make psychoanalysis relevant again to the many who need a human and humane approach to psychic distress and help analysts regain the pride and confidence that psychoanalysis deserves.
List of Positions
Chair, Child and Adolescent Training Committee, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Training and Supervising Analyst, Contemporary Freudian Society New York, IPA. Supervising Analyst (Child/Adolescent), Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Geographic Rule Supervisor, APsaA, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Saint Louis, IPE (NYU). Editorial Boards: J.I.C.A.P., Richard e Piggle, Adolescenza. Michigan Psychoanalytic Society: Chairman, Arrangements Committee, Chairman, Program Committee. Treasurer. Association for Child Psychoanalysis, Councillor and member of the Executive, Program, Peer Review and Membership Committees. Chair, Awards Committee.
Mary Kay O'Neil
I believe in a strong, vibrant and relevant IPA. While 1-1/2 years is a short time to become familiar with all the intricacies of our multi-national and multi-lingual organization, I have worked effectively with North American, European and Latin American Colleagues towards common goals and objectives. In the process, I was able to address complex and difficult-to-solve challenges such as:
- the decline in applications for psychoanalytic training
- maintaining high education standards and increasing research opportunities;
- enhancing members’ abilities to offer psychoanalysis as a central service;
- increasing community awareness of the value of psychoanalysis;
- addressing the problems of an aging membership and a high percentage of older candidates, both of which present major financial, ethical and organizational risks for the IPA.
With belief in a transparent, democratic and responsive IPA, I participated in the Board’s work in a persistent, determined, supportive manner focusing my efforts on building consensus and working in a harmonious, ethical way.
Specifically, as a member of CAPR (Committee on Administrative Policy Review)
I contributed to:
- the review of the new IPA Executive Director;
- a survey of the aging psychoanalyst problem and its effects on the IPA;
- promotion of staff effectiveness and members' contact with the central office;
- promotion of IPA research opportunities while encouraging the best use of limited funds and regular reporting on research results.
As North American Link to Canada and Japan, I informed Societies within this constituency on the work of the IPA Board.
Recently appointed as the North American Link to the International Research Board, I will work with representatives from the three Regions to improve communication between the Board and the IRB and underline the Board’s commitment to promoting and funding psychoanalytic research.
My prior experience as Director of a local Institute and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Institute, as a Faculty member and Training & Supervising Analyst, as a Member of the IPA’s Publication Committee, a Member of IPA Dues Advisory Committee and Working Group, as a participant on Ethics Committees at local, regional and international levels and as a provider of psychoanalysis for over 40 years, has served me well in contributing to the work of the IPA Board.
I believe I can continue to make a strong contribution as a North American Representative to the IPA Board. If re-elected, my efforts to strengthen our organization will continue. My experience and personal investment in the Board's work qualify me to continue for a second term. It would be an honor to be re-elected as a Canadian woman psychoanalyst to this important position.
List of Positions
IPA Committees: Publication; Dues Advisory; Dues Working Group; Research & Development, CAPR; Ethics: Consultant & Member. Director, Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (QE); Institute Faculty. Secretary/treasurer Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis. Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (QE) Committees: Curriculum; Chair-Professional Wills; Conference “Confidentiality& Society”; Institute Faculty. Toronto Psychoanalytic Society Committees: Ethics; Candidate Selection; Chair of Ethical and Professional Standards; Faculty. American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) Committees: History & Archives; Chair: Discussion Group - Post-Analytic Contact. IJP: North American Editorial Board; JAPA, Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis (CJP): Reviewer.