About Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is a non-profit corporation dedicated to educational and scientific activities based in Seattle, Washington. The primary mission of the organization is to provide the highest quality psychoanalytic education and training for individuals seeking to become psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically informed psychotherapists. The organization also supports the ongoing professional growth and development of our psychoanalyst, candidate, and community members. In so doing, the organization aims to contribute to the current regional, national, and international psychoanalytic understanding of mental life and to the emotional health, creativity, and well being of those treated through the practice of psychoanalysis.
Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA Term of Office 2016-2018 (second term)
Caron Harrang was invited to join the NPSI Board in 2009 as a Director. During her term as a Director she worked with other members of the Board (Dana Blue) and a web design firm (Kilmer Hansen Inc.) to redesign the organization website.
In 2013 she was elected President Elect and served her first term as President from 2014-16. In her first term, Caron created an Advisory Council comprised of individuals with expertise in accounting, distance learning technology, educational development, financial reporting, and social media to provide non-binding informed guidance to the Board for the purpose of enhancing the organization’s development and governance. The Board and Advisory Council meet annually for a half-day retreat to review organizational development and plan ways to work together in the upcoming year. Under her leadership the Board has developed a 5-year strategic plan and yearly operational plan (See here).
Caron was elected to a second term at the Annual Membership Meeting on November 16, 2016. During both terms, Caron has served as a member of the Liaison Committee (a standing committee of the Board) representing the interests of NPSI on the Boards of Directors of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS) and of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC).
As President, Caron chairs Board meetings and directs the business of the organization. She is an ex-officio member of all committees of the Board, but does not vote except in the case of a tie. Caron oversees all activities of the Administrator (Hollee Sweet) and is responsible for approving all aspects of her work including review and editing of bi-monthly (formerly monthly) board meeting minutes. The President serves as Chair of the Executive Committee composed of the Secretary-Treasurer, Director of Training, and Past President or President-Elect. She looks forward to working with the next President-Elect to ensure a smooth transition of authority from her administration to the next.
Maxine Nelson, LICSW, FIPA Term of Office 2016-2018
Maxine Nelson joined the Board as a candidate representative in 2013 and was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer after she became a Full Member of NPSI in 2014.
In her role as Secretary/Treasurer Maxine coordinates with NPSI Administrator Hollee Sweet to provide financial reports to the Board. She set up an ad hoc Finance Committee in 2016 that was tasked to develop policies and procedures to enable the NPSI Board to set organizational and program goals in relation to both a long-range strategic plan and to an annual operations plan consistent with overall operating expenses and income. Prior to accomplishing this, the committee worked with NPSI Administrator Hollee Sweet to develop an income and expense record-keeping system with standardized monthly/quarterly and annual report formats.
In addition, Maxine has served as a member of the Executive Committee. She also served on the Liaison Committee (a standing committee of the Board) representing the interests of NPSI on the Boards of Directors of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS) and of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC).
Dana Blue, LICSW, FIPA Term of Office 2016-2018
Director of Training
Dana Blue was invited to join the NPSI Board in 2010 as a Director. During her first term as a Director she worked with other members of the Board (Caron Harrang) and a web design firm (Kilmer Hansen Inc.) to redesign the organization website. Also in her first term (2010-2013) she was Chair of the NPSI Outreach Committee and Chair of the Scientific Meetings Committee, and served as a member of the Publications Committee and of the Liaison Committee (a standing committee of the Board) representing the interests of NPSI on the Boards of Directors of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS) and of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC). Between 2012 and 2014, Dana also served as Co-chair (with Caron Harrang) of the 2014 International Evolving British Object Relations Conference.
Between 2013-15, Dana worked as a member of the Accreditation Committee to help NPSI achieve national accreditation, which was granted by ACPEinc. in 2015. Our preliminary accreditation was for one year and subsequent work has resulted in full accreditation until 2021.
Dana’s primary contributions to NPSI have occurred in the NPSI Institute. She began serving as a member of the Inter-Institute Committee in 2006, became a faculty member in 2009, and has served on the Education Committee since 2011 in various roles including Inreach/Outreach Chair; Member and Chair of Progression; Member and Chair of Admissions; and Co-Chair (with Maxine Anderson and Adriana Prengler) of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program, The Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis. She created the role of Dean of Students, and served as the inaugural Dean from 2012-2015, until she was elected to serve as Director of Training. She began a second term as Director of Training in 2016. As Director of Training, she is responsible for all aspects of the psychoanalytic training program and acts as Chair of the Education Committee comprised of Chairs of Admissions, Curriculum, Progression, Training Analysts and Candidate President.
In her role as Director of Training, Dana serves as a member of the Executive Committee, composed of the President (Chair), Secretary-Treasurer, Director of Training, and Past President or President-Elect. Dana acts as the bridge between the Board and the primary educational activity of the Institute, the provision of training for mental health professionals.
David Jachim, PhD, FIPA Term of Office 2015-2018
David has been an NPSI Board Member since 2010. In 2012 he was elected President and served his term in this capacity until 2014. During his administration a number of goals were accomplished, including the creation of a website and newsletter, re-organization of the Board, various outreach initiatives and application to the APCE. Upon completion of his term, David was elected to the Board as Director and he serves in that capacity to the present. His primary interest is in Board development and he currently heads a project to increase Board membership with both analyst and non-analyst community members. In addition, he maintains an analytic practice in Seattle, working with adults and older adolescents. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing, travelling, athletics, and jazz music.
John Petrov Term of Office 2017-2019
Community Member Director
John Petrov is a Condominium Association Industry veteran with a wide-range of experience in managing Condo Associations, HOAs, Co-Ops and PUDs. Having dealt with Associations as small as two units and as large as hundreds of units, in two different states, John has a unique perspective in a business industry that requires very special skills. John has been active in the condominium and real estate market for the past 10 years and has founded Washington Condo Brokers, Inc., a Condo/HOA exclusive realty company, in January of 2016. As a Managing Broker, his current specialty is condominium real estate sales, consultations, and professional resale certificate reviews. John obtained his degrees in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Alaska and currently maintains active Association Management Specialist and Certified Manager of Community Associations designations. John has served on the Board of Directors for Discovery Park Condominium Association for the past 3 years.
Becky McGuire, MS, LMHC Term of Office 2017-2019
Becky is a fourth year candidate at NPSI and was accepted by the Board of Directors in January 2017 to be the Candidate Representative. As the Candidate Representative, her role is to act as liaison between the candidates engaged in psychoanalytic training and the Board of Directors. She meets monthly with the candidate group and endeavors to represent their interests at the board meetings. It is equally important to Becky, to convey to the candidate group pertinent information from the Board that will support the candidates in their progression through training and in their professional development. Becky believes that this open channel of communication between candidates and the Board of Directors fosters a robust training environment and furthers the development of the Society and the Institute.
Hollee joined NPSI in June of 2014. As Administrator, she provides administrative support to the organization, maintains bookkeeping, manages updates to the website, obtains and reports on CEUs for the Society and Institute, reports to the President, is Managing Editor of Selected Facts: Newsletter of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and is Recording Secretary for the Board of Directors. Approved minutes can be found on the NPSI website here.
The mission of the NPSI Advisory Council is to provide non-binding informed guidance to the Board of Directors for the purpose of enhancing the organization’s development and governance. Council members are nominated by the President and approved by a majority vote of Directors. Council members serve at the pleasure of the Board for a term of two (2) years. Terms may be successive. The Board of Directors and Advisory Council meets annually to discuss long-range strategic planning and implementation of current operational goals. Council members also provide individual consultation to the President and other members of the Board related to the current needs of the organization and the council member’s area of expertise.
The Society is a membership organization comprised of psychoanalysts, candidates (psychoanalysts-in-training), and individuals interested in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to other fields (e.g. mental health, medical, scientific, educational, and cultural). The Society sponsors workshops, seminars, and scientific meetings where members or invited guests present original papers on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis to psychoanalytic colleagues and other mental health professionals. The Society also organizes International forums, such as the biennial International Evolving British Object Relations (EBOR) conference, to promote cross-cultural discussion and debate vital to the continued development of psychoanalysis as an important form of treatment and approach to understanding human mental life.
The Institute is the training site for mental health professionals interested in psychoanalytic education from a British object relations perspective. The Institute offers training for those seeking to become International Psychoanalytical Association certified psychoanalysts. Training to become a psychoanalyst involves four years of coursework or didactic training, and several more years to complete all of the requirements for graduation, including supervised psychoanalytic clinical work (control cases), a graduation paper demonstrating theoretical and clinical mastery, and personal analysis. The Institute also provides courses for psychotherapists who want to deepen their theoretical understanding and clinical skill without committing to full psychoanalytic training.
To see a map of the organizational structure of NPSI, please click on the image below.
NPSI Organizational Chart
Annual Meeting Minutes and Committee Reports
Board Meeting Minutes
Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute was founded in 1999 by a small group of psychoanalysts interested in establishing a training program for individuals seeking advanced education in psychoanalysis from a British object relations perspective. The initial board of directors for NPSI, when it began as an International Psychoanalytical Association sponsored study group, included Maxine Anderson, Austin Case, Elie Debbane, Theodore Dorpat, Kenneth King, Sid Perzow, Marianne Robinson, and Stephen Rush.
The initial study group was named the Center for Object Relations (COR). As the group formed, two distinct directions for growth emerged. In time, each evolved into a separate organization. The Northwest Family Development Center strove to educate psychotherapists, particularly developing programs to work with young families. It exists today as COR-NWFDC. The training center for future psychoanalysts developed into Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
As is customary with groups seeking to affiliate with the IPA, the early years of NPSI’s development were overseen by a sponsoring committee of senior training analysts including Brian Robertson (Chair), Theodore Jacobs, and Earnest Lawrence. The committee offered guidance in all aspects of the organization’s growth during twice yearly visits between 1999 and 2004. These efforts were richly rewarded when NPS was granted full component society status by the IPA at its biennial congress in 2007 (Berlin).
During the formative years NPSI sought collaborative contact with other local psychoanalytic societies and participated in forming the Seattle Inter-Institute Committee comprised of all local psychoanalytic training institutes. One of the enduring outcomes of this group effort is an annual clinical symposium for advanced psychoanalytic candidates and recent analytic graduates designed to develop and safeguard a space for creative psychoanalytic discourse that goes beyond the theoretical stamp of the different training institutes.
In 2001, while NPSI was still a study group, it also formed national alliances by joining the Coalition of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (later renamed the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies). The Confederation, founded in 1992, represents the interests of the growing community of independent American psychoanalytic societies of the IPA. These are societies not affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), but rather linked directly or “independently” to the International Psychoanalytical Association. Other CIPS societies include the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC), and the Direct Members Society (DMS).
As NPSI continues to develop it enjoys a unique position in North America being one of the few IPA-affiliated training institutes specializing in psychoanalytic education from a British object relations perspective. To learn more about the training and curriculum please click here to go to the Institute section.
To download the NPSI Code of Ethics or the Provisions for Implementation, click on the following:
Filing an Ethics Concern of Complaint
Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is affiliated with a number of psychoanalytic organizations that are interrelated to one another. NPSI is a member of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (USA), which in turn is a member of the larger regional North American Psychoanalytic Confederation. All psychoanalytic societies within CIPS and NAPsaC are also affiliated with the IPA which is the oldest and largest psychoanalytic organization worldwide. To read more about each organization click on the links below.
Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS)
North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC)
International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)
NPSI also collaborates with other psychoanalytic institutes and psychodynamically oriented organizations in the Pacific Northwest to cosponsor conferences and other special events. To read more about each organization click on the links below.
COR Northwest Family Development Center
Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
All NPSI events, with exception of EBOR, are held at 2701 First Avenue, Suite 120 Seattle, WA 98121 unless otherwise noted.
To view additional information on an event and/or purchase tickets to attend, please click on the event listing on the calendar.
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