President’s Message: Thoughts on our Community and our Future
By Theresa Gregoire, Psy.D. (Reprinted from CAPPstone – Fall issue, 2016)
It is a delight to have this opportunity, in this revival issue
of CAPPstone, to introduce myself and take a moment to
share CAPP Council’s and my eagerness for the year to
come. In the past week, the members of CAPP Council
shared an afternoon of synergistic dialogue on ideas for
programming and CAPP’s role within the sonorous
psychoanalytic community of Chicago. A centering
theme, one that synthesizes plans for programming and
our organization, developed over the course of our
dialogue: Local Voices, Global Selves.
In the coming year, we will be hosting discussion and
experiential programming events that will feature
psychologists, social workers, and counselors who are
practicing therapists within our community. Some of
these voices will be new, those beginning their careers or
newly graduated, and some will be voices of those whose
perspectives have been shaped over years of clinical
work. Each program will offer thought provoking
discourse on the topics of conceptualization, patient self-experience,
and creative applications of Relational theory.
We will be sharing more details regarding these programs
on our website (cappchicago.org) and through our
listserve emails (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
our membership. If you are not receiving or having
difficulty accessing either of these means of
communication, we hope you will inform us
Throughout my involvement in CAPP, the organization
has been likened to a professional home for those
practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy. It feels timely to
consider this comparison and work to create a closer
approximation. For me, home, and relationships that
provide a comparable experience, provide a space for
contemplation, perspective, discourse, and shared
curiosity. We, through our distinctive work, hold multiple
realities. As we grapple with our own understandings and
uncertainties of the current social and political
environment, we connect to and empathically join with
the individual experience of those we see in our
practices. Winnicott is quoted as saying, “the capacity to
still feel wonder is essential to the creative process.” It is
the capacity to wonder that is inherent to our work and is
a capacity that is protected, nourished, and renewed by
the experiences of “home.” Toward this endeavor I, and
the members of Council, will be personally reaching out
to our members to become reacquainted and share ideas
in an effort to strengthen our community.
It is a privilege for me to have the opportunity to come to
work closely with the small group of individuals giving
their energies toward advancing CAPP and its mission to
facilitate the study, research, and exchange of ideas
within and across psychoanalytic and psychodynamic
theories and practices through their service on Council.
To play a role in strengthening our community and
creating a space for the perspectives and experiences of
those we see in practice is a fortuitous opportunity.
Being in a position to collaborate and create programs
that personify these experiences, reported by those who
practice under the umbrella of our shared theoretical
tradition, is personally meaningful. I hope to see you at one of our programs this year. As always, your continued support and involvement is what makes CAPP a successful organization and a home for all our members.
Theresa, Gregoire, PsyD
Welcome to CAPP, and thanks for being here!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: for GOSSIP: TELLING LIES, TELLING TRUTH, TELLING THE DIFFERENCE, a CAPP Conversation with 2 CEs, Saturday, May 14th, 2:00-4:00 PM, at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology (more information below).
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