Current CAPP Programs

CAPP Presents:

The Call for Inclusion:

A Postmodern View of Intersecting Cultural Identifications and Gender Queer Identity

Tuesday, May 9 6 – 9pm

Argosy Chicago

225 N. Michigan Ave., #1300 Chicago, 60601

3 CE/CEU’s

 What will be Discussed:

The Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (CAPP) is sponsoring a panel discussion which will explore issues related to intersectionality, particularly in relation to transgender and gender queer individuals. Five panel members, all of whom are working with transgender individuals, will address how psychoanalysis can integrate contextual issues, feminist theory, oppressive systems and elements of the minority stress model in broadening our understanding of these vital and timely issues.  Additionally, the panel will consider how broadening our view can lead to more effective treatment of these populations. Both evidence-based and case-based material will be explored.

The Presenters:

Donna Mahoney, Ph.D., is a Full Professor and adjunct faculty member at Adler University and Argosy University/Schaumburg.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work and advanced training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.  Her private practice, located in Lake Zurich, IL, specializes in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders and phobias. Dr. Mahoney is a strong advocate for marginalized populations and LGBTQ individuals.

Dr. Deb Wilke received her MS in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University and her doctorate  in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University.   She has taught Human Sexuality in higher education and international conferences for sixteen years. She has been in private practice for over eighteen years serving almost exclusively LGBTQ clients and has assisted 359 persons to gender transition.

Beto Chavez is a Latinx, gay-identified staff therapist at Live Oak with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. He began his career at Live Oak first as an intern then transitioned into his current staff therapist position where he works with individuals, couples, and groups. His background includes experience in the foster care system, Latinx communites, developmental disorders, and LGBTQ populations. Beto hopes to continue his journey working with, supporting, and advocating for communites and individuals in need.

Cuyana Davis-Carter is a black, queer, GNC therapist at Live Oak and graduated from Adler University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016. Cuyana began their clincal career working at the YWCA with survivors of domestic violence. Outside of the clinical realm, they have vounteered for organizations that service LGBTQI, gender non-binary, Black and/or POC folks. Cuyana hopes that their work will aid in the re-envisioning of mental health within marginalized communities.

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Understanding Hindu Women Through Sita
Friday November 18, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CST
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What can we learn about Sita, and therefore about Hindu women, if we apply psychology to understanding her life on earth?  That is the idea behind this presentation by Vara Saripalli.
Sita is one of the most important goddesses of Hinduism (there about one billion Hindus in the world, and Hinduism is the religion of 80% of the people in India.)  To most Hindus, the gods and goddesses are intimate living presences.  Millions of Hindu women evaluate themselves and how they are living their lives relative to what Sita was like.  Sita’s life, as told in the Ramayana, was full of drama: she was married to a prince, kidnapped, held in captivity, freed through a brutal war, forced to prove her faithfulness to her husband, and was banished from the kingdom for the sin of allowing herself to be kidnapped.
This presentation seeks to understand Sita: her choices, her motivations, and her mental make-up, and it also thereby tells us about the psychology of Hindu women.
Educational objectives:  After the presentation the participant will be able to:
a) discern how a large number of Hindu Indians use their knowledge of the gods and goddesses to guide them in their lives;
b) describe key facets of the Hindu woman’s ego ideal as it is based on the image of Sita, who embodied faithfulness to her husband and tolerance of suffering.
** Presentation based upon a dissertation which won the
2016 Dissertation Award from Section III (Women & Psychoanalysis) of Division 39**


Vara P. Saripalli, Psy.D. is a pre-licensed psychologist in private practice. Dr. Saripalli has lived in both the USA and India, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. She worked as an engineer and actuary for several years before switching careers and completing her Psy.D. at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. In her clinical work, she specializes in psychodynamic psychology with an emphasis on multicultural awareness.

James W. Anderson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University, where he teaches courses such as theories of personality and the psychology of film.  At the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Jim is a faculty member, Editor of the Annual of Psychoanalysis, and co-chair of the Multicultural Study Group.    In his writing, he specializes in psychological biography and has published papers on the lives of William and Henry James, Woodrow Wilson, Edith Wharton, Sigmund Freud, D. W. Winnicott, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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