Member News 2013
Margaret Arnd-Caddigan, PhD, LCSW, North Carolina chapter, has just published the first of two articles on her research on intersession-imagined conversations. The article, “Imagining the Other: The Influence of Imagined Conversations on the Treatment Process,” appears in American Journal of Psychotherapy 66, no. 4 (October 2012): 331–48. The second of the two articles, on negative countertransference and imagined conversations, appears in the January 2013 issue of Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy
Karen E. Baker, MSW, and Jerrold Brandell, PhD, BCD, coedited a new book, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: One Hundred Years After “Little Hans” (Routledge, 2012). This book was originally published as a special edition of Psychoanalytic Social Work.
Eileen Becker-Dunn, LCSW, graduated her adult training in psychoanalysis at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis in May 2012. Eileen's graduation essay, titled “Food for Thought,” examines the uses and limitations of abstinence in the treatment of an eight-year-old girl with a pre-oedipal eating disturbance. The essay challenges the view that abstinence and keeping the treatment completely symbolic is the way to establish the transference and its ultimate working through. Responding affirmatively to direct requests from some children, particularly those with early feeding disturbances, is crucial to establishing the analyst as a new object and the development of the therapeutic alliance. Measured gratification does not inhibit the neurotic elements of the transference from emerging. Eileen is currently preparing her essay for publication and is in her third year of child analytic training. She chairs the Symposium at the Western and continues as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale, where she supervises, teaches, and coordinates psychoanalytically informed case conferences at the Cedarhurst School in New Haven.
Janet R. Faust, PhD, LCSW, will be the conference moderator for the 52nd Annual Clinical Conference of the International Conference for the Advanced Professional Practice of Clinical Social Work (ICAPP), to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, July 24–27, 2013, on the topic “The Individual in the Family and the Family in the Individual. ” ICAPP is an international clinical social work organization that sponsors annual conferences all over the world.
Laura Groshong, LICSW, conducted an hour-long webinar on December 11 and December 27 called “Changes to the 2013 Psychotherapy CPT Codes.” She has created seven documents for the Clinical Social Work Association that give information on different aspects of the CPT code changes, which can be found on the CSWA website.
Esther Amini, LCSW, is both on the faculty of NYSPP and in private practice. She is also a published author. Her stories have appeared in Barnard Magazine and the Jewish Week, and one will soon appear in the April 2013 issue of Inscape Literary Magazine. Two of her stories were part of the show “Saffron and Rosewater,” recently performed in Los Angeles at the Fowler Museum. This show consists of stories written by five Iranian/Jewish/American women and will be coming to Manhattan in the fall. Esther hopes AAPCSW members will be able to attend; she will share with us more, once date and venue are confirmed.
Judith Logue, PhD, ACSW, cochaired a “Business of Practice” workshop at the American Psychoanalytic Association meeting on January 16. She is also participating on the health panel at the Division 39 spring meeting in Boston, April 24–29. This year's topic, “The Therapist Is Ill,” will focus on what happens when the therapist is faced with a life-threatening illness, including transference, countertransference, and reality issues. Last August, at the APA annual meeting in Orlando, Judith presented the Division 51 Skill-Building Session “Sexual Feelings in Therapy—Handling a Hot Topic.” This upcoming August, Judith will participate on another APA panel in Hawaii, for Section III (Women, Gender, and Psychoanalysis) of Division 39, about powerful men and their affairs from the female perspective. She is currently working on a paper with Marilyn Metzl on this topic for the IAPSP conference in October.
US Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and his wife, Frannie, jubilantly hosted an event in Minneapolis on January 11 to celebrate November's election outcomes—including new requirements under the Affordable Health Care Act that insurers must offer mental health services, Minne - sota's opposition to the restrictive “Marriage” and “Voter ID” amendments, and reelection of Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to the US Senate. Franken shared his 2013 agenda, requesting early support for his 2014 re-election campaign. “More mental health services, not more guns in schools. We prevent violence when people can get earlier mental health services,” Senator Franken said. He noted that he is determined to carry forward the efforts of his friend US Senator Paul Wellstone D-MN) to ensure increased access to mental health services. Senator Franken is shown here with Ellen Luepker, LICSW, LP, BCD, and Ellen's granddaughter, Lucia Luepker (6), and Lucia's tortoise, which Lucia contributed to help Al's re-election campaign.
Karen Redding, PhD, LCSW, has been asked by the Community Arts Project of Laguna Beach to exhibit her photography work. The show, titled “Citizens of the World,” opens January 15 and will continue until March 15. “It's quite an honor,” Karen says, “as well as an opportunity for me to integrate (more and more) my clinical and artistic presence.” She will also be selling a catalogue that will display some of her work and which also includes a foreword expressing her influences and interests. More information can be found at www.karenkredding.com.
Jeff Savlov, LCSW, recently joined the firm Relative Solutions, which consults to enterprising families (families who share ownership and management of operating businesses or share nonbusiness wealth, such as real estate, investments and trusts) across the United States. It is a niche organization with many people from the psychotherapy world involved.
Cathy Siebold, DSW, has an upcoming publication in Psychoanalytic Social Work titled “Featured Review - Trauma and the Complexity of Internal and External Experience: A Brief Review.”
Madelon Sprengnether, PhD, published her paper “Freud as Memoirist: A Reading of 'Screen Memories'” in American Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences 69, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 215–39. She presented “Ghosts and Ancestors: Reflections on Melancholia and Mourning” as a keynote address at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, at a conference titled “The Paradox of Melancholia: Paralysis and Agency,” on June 22, 2012.
Lee Whitman-Raymond, PhD, MFA, is continuing to coteach a class at Simmons College School for Social Work on her long poem “The light on our faces,” which is about an in-depth, intensive psychotherapy. She has also just had two poems accepted for the next issue of the journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives.
Anthony Gambuzza, PsyD: “I want to introduce myself as a new member to AAPCSW. I am a clinical psychologist who has more than thirty years of experience in the field of mental health. I have a practice in New York City and Westchester County and recently moved to Fairfield, CT, where I am looking to open a new practice and network with other clinicians. I specialize in family and couples therapy. I have trained psychoanalytically and in structural and Bowenian family therapy. I utilize an eclectic style and bring humor, sensitivity, and accountability to my treatment of individuals, adolescents, and couples.”
Denni Liebowitz, LCSW, presented her paper “Family Ghosts, Unmourned Losses, and the Generational Impact of War” at the Coalition for Clinical Social Work meeting at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis on April 4, 2012. She will also teach “The Impact of Trauma on the Development of Self” at the Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, CA, in March and April 2013.
John C. Espy, PhD, LCSW, is the author of Eat the Evidence: A Journey through the Dark Boroughs of a Pedophilic Cannibal's Mind, due out in April (Karnac Press, 2013), which follows Nathaneal Bar Jonah, a serial pedophile and murderer, from birth to death on a torrent of mayhem. Compiled from hundreds of hours of interviews and more than a hundred thousand pages of court documents, the book attempts to take the serial perpetrator into the psyche of the reader, to experience a portion of the psychic primitiveness used to ensnare his victims. John has been practicing psychotherapy for the past thirty-five years. He was supervised by R. D. Laing for many years and conducted a weekly supervision group with Sheldon Kopp. He has worked extensively in the area of primitive and psychotic personalities and has interviewed more than twenty serial murderers and pedophiles in the United States and Europe as part of his research on the manifestation of malignant projective-identification. His current practice focuses primarily on clinical and forensic consultation and long-term treatment. He was previously a neurotoxicologist with NASA and has taught at numerous universities throughout the United States. Dr. Espy is also a long-standing member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists and the northwestern United States group moderator for the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society.
Rebecca Harrington, LCSW, will present her paper “Friend Request: The Analytic Frame Revisited” at the upcoming conference “Instructions Not Included: Shifts in Culture, Shifts in Psychoanalysis,” sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC) in New York City.
Judith Rustin, LCSW, announces the publication of her new book, Infant Research and Neuroscience at Work in Psychotherapy: Expanding the Clinical Repertoire (Norton, 2013). According to the Norton catalogue, “By decoding the scientific data, this book explains how recent findings from brain and infant research can expand a clinician's understanding of the therapist-client relationship and, in turn, improve how therapy is done.” The book has received glowing reviews by Beatrice Beebe, PhD, and Kenneth A. Frank, PhD, and will also be reviewed in a future edition of this newsletter.