Section VIII: Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis
A Section of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology: Division 39 of the American Psychological Association
Members can participate actively in Section VIII by joining our committees.
Our committees are led by the following members:
For further information about Section VIII activities (including learning more about each committee) please contact Cindy Baum-Baicker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Affiliations Committee
Public Policy Committee
Education and Training Committee
The Education and Training Committee stimulates discussions on cutting-edge issues in couple and family therapy by distributing articles that are then discussed online via our listserv.
The International Affiliations Committee encourages volunteers and new proposals for initiatives, such as training possibilities, co-sponsored conferences and shared research initiatives.
Please contact Mary-Joan Gerson (Chair) at email@example.com with questions or suggestions.
The Research Committee encourages and supports couples and family therapy research initiatives, including selecting the recipient of the annual Gerald Stechler Research Award.
The Public Policy Committee tries to link our integrative way of thinking to issues of social and political concern. In this time of domestic and international turmoil, a psychoanalytic/systemic perspective on family dynamics can be crucial, for example on domestic policy issues such as abortion or violence, or in understanding irrational hatred and stereotyping. The Public Policy Committee is charged to promote the application of psychoanalytic and family systemic thinking to current couple/family issues which become salient politically or culturally, and to serve as an advisory body to the membership and the public in that regard.