In 2014 I was running for President-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). This election website tells you who I am, how I think as a psychoanalytic clinician, teacher and administrator, and what I hope to accomplish as President-elect and President of APsaA. I would be honored to have your vote in the coming election and I will need your active support for the initiatives I propose.
I have experienced and worked successfully to overcome organizational tensions on the local level that were very similar to what our national organization faces today. I know first hand how structural fault lines can encumber and potentially destroy a psychoanalytic organization. I was able to guide the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society through a divisive ethical matter, toward articulation of its mission and into the beginning of strategic planning that led to adoption of a center model. None of this could have happened without the active collaboration of members and elected leaders.
APsaA has bylaws that create a complex and contradictory organizational structure. They protect educational policy-making at the same time they empower the Board of Directors to manage the organization’s affairs. The result is a bicameral structure that has perpetuated turf wars rather than encouraged collaboration. I think we need to change our bylaws and our structure in order to move forward and regain an effective place in the areas that represent our mission.
Our organizational success depends on you. APsaA’s membership must help its leaders move forward in an informed, forthright, transparent manner. We must respect differences of opinion and achieve results using sensible processes and procedures that ensure an enduring and successful focus on our mission. The drop-down menus on this site will lead you to my thoughts on many topics. Please let me know if you have questions about my thinking or suggestions about process. Most importantly, let me know your thoughts and priorities for APsaA. I want to hear from you.