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Advancing Psychotherapy for the Next Generation Conference

January 27, 2017 - January 29, 2017

The Chicago School
325 N Wells, 4th Floor

Advancing Psychotherapy for the Next Generation: Rehumanizing Mental Health in Policy and Practice


Up to 15.5 Continuing Education credits (general, ethics, cultural competence) will be awarded to psychologists, social workers and LCPCs

Psychotherapy is alive and well, bringing growth, understanding, transformation, compassion and cure to millions of people across the globe. Psychotherapy, in this country, is also under attack. Insurance companies are reluctant to cover treatments of any depth; psychology training programs are more and more constrained to teach only behavioral techniques rather than dynamically-informed, relationship-based treatments; and much public policy is strongly biased towards medications and short-term, structured interventions for people in distress.

So how do we safeguard psychotherapy? How do we buffer it from the assaults of medicalization, managed care, instrumentalization and reductionism? How do we create strong advocates for psychotherapy in public policy, professional education and clinical practice? How do we create avenues of access not only for the rich, but for all? We will gather to draw from psychology, psychoanalysis, social theory, cultural studies, public policy and public service in order to begin to develop a united voice for psychotherapy as a force of tikkun, of healing, of both individuals and our world.

There has never been a more important time than now for collective action to support substantive treatment. Please join us as we organize to ensure the future of psychotherapy for the next generation and beyond.


Register for the entire conference, for Saturday alone, or for Sunday alone. All registrants are also invited to attend our Friday opening night keynote panel. Some of the highlights of our conference include:

Friday, 1/27 – Opening Night
Mental Health Care: What’s Working and What’s Not?

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Conference registration and light dinner

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Opening Presentation: Mental Health Care: What’s Working and What’s Not

*Jonathan Shedler, PhD – Where is the evidence for evidence-based therapy? How health insurers, policy makers and yes, scientific researchers are selling us a bill of goods

*Robert Whitaker – Mad in America: The Failure of our Current Paradigm of Care

Saturday, 1/28 – Psychotherapy in the Cross-Hairs: A Primer

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Leonore Tiefer – Converging Factors contributing to the decline in status of talk therapy.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.    Panel: “The Politics of Mental Health Care (I): – Sociopolitical Perspectives”

*Claude Barbre — “People With A Future Instead Of A Face”: Neoliberalism,
Neo-illiberalism, and Policy Language Mystification In Psychology

*Frank Summers – Psychoanalysis and its Place in Contemporary Culture

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Presentation of the Tabin award to Allan Scholom, PhD

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch — box or on your own

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Panel: Psychotherapy in the Community: A hopeful resurgence

*Angela Sedeno, Executive Director, The Kedzie Center

*Mike Snedeker, Executive Director, Coalition to Save our Mental Health Centers

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.  “The Politics of Mental Health Care (II): – Sociopolitical Perspectives”

*Allan Scholom — The Psycho-Politics of Evidence Based Practice and the Assault on Our Mental Health and Mental Health Care

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.  Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.  Panel: How insurance gets it wrong: A case study of psychosis

*Bertram Karon, PhD – Psychotherapy as a treatment of choice for psychosis

*Jessica Wall, Medicare and me: A modern day disaster

5:00- 6:15 p.m.  Panel: The importance of psychotherapy for creativity: A round table of artists and writers

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Conference dinner, location TBD


Sunday, 1/29 – A Call to Action in Support of Psychotherapy

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Registration

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Advocating for psychotherapy – Individual and Collective efforts

+Meiram Bendat, PhD, JD – Advocating for psychotherapy through the courts: Class action suits on behalf of psychotherapy.

*Todd Essig, PhD – Advocating for psychotherapy in the media, both mass and social

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch — box or on your own

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Oksana Yakushko – On Rats, Stats, and the Search for Happiness: Critical History of Psychotherapy in American Academia.

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.  The politics of mental health care: advocating, lobbying, legislating.

*Noel Hunter: Upcoming mental health legislation and Medicare “reform:” Voter Beware

*Daniel Biss – Legislation regarding mental health issues at the state level – how to have an impact

*Jan Schakowsky (pending confirmation) – Legislation regarding mental health issues at the federal level – How to have an impact

*Ed Santana – Lobbying for psychotherapy: The US and Canada

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.  Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Tackling Goliath: Insurance coverage for psychotherapy

*Bernard Turnoy: The realities of economics and the politics of health insurance in the United States: An insider’s perspective.

*John Garver, LCSW, Covered without Access: New Insurance Trends Impacting Psychotherapy Practices

5:15 – 6:00 p.m.  Kick-off: Be a part of launching the Psychotherapy Action Network!



January 27, 2017
January 29, 2017