The pilot study for the Section V initiative bringing psychodynamic consultations to community mental health centers got off to an exciting start on Friday January 20th with a daylong workshop attended by clinic staff and administrators at the Family Service League Mental Health Clinic in Huntington, L.I. Two live consultations, one conducted by Bruce Grellong, and the second by Kirkland Vaughans, one with a member of the supervisory staff, the other with a staff therapist, were preceded by a PowerPoint presentation and general discussion about the principles of psychodynamic treatment given by Steven Spitz. We were delighted by the staff’s enthusiasm about the program.
And now weekly consultations have begun! Ten staff therapists and two supervisors have been paired with individual consultants, volunteers from a number of psychoanalytic organizations and institutes. Each pair will meet weekly (sometimes in person, sometimes by phone, sometimes by facetime) for at least 40 sessions in the next 12 months. Unofficially the feedback from both therapists and consultants has been has been very heartening so far.
We are grateful to the following consultants who are volunteering their time and making this project possible: Carl Bagnini, Virginia Goldner, Bruce Grellong, Jane Hassinger, Robert Keisner, Stephen H. Portuges, Larry Rosenberg, Burton N. Seitler, Lare Sheehi, Hillary Siegel, Karen Weiss, and Michael Zentman.
Many thanks to the administrators at the Family Service League who saw this project as a great opportunity for their staff. And thanks are also due to the staff who are meeting with the consultants on their own time.
The Workshop was underwritten by a grant from the FAR Fund Foundation, their support was crucial.
To read more about this program, go to the CMHC page on this website.
For details about our Roundtable at the Division of Psychoanalysis spring meetings in April 2017, in which we shall be reporting on the program’s first few months, check the Panels and Roundtables box on the Home page of this website.