I would like to bring to your attention a group that shares some important goals with CSWA. Please see the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) invitation below.
Here is some context. A little over two years ago, I sent Margot Aronson, CSWA Deputy Director of Policy and Practice, to Chicago for a meeting of therapists deeply concerned – as we at CSWA are - about the marginalization of relation-based psychotherapy by our professional training programs and by the insurance market. From this meeting came the Psychotherapy Action Network, an excellent match with our CSWA advocacy priorities of promoting awareness of the value of in-depth psychodynamic psychotherapy, of increasing access to and insurance coverage for psychotherapy (especially for chronic disorders), of advocating restoration of respect for clinical judgment over the privileging of medication and short-term treatments, and of addressing the need to improve clinical coursework in schools of social work.
Margot has continued as our liaison to PsiAN; CSWA and PsiAN have become strategic partners; CSWA is also a co-sponsor of the upcoming PsiAN conference (December, San Francisco). Just as CSWA supports their efforts, please consider doing the same as individuals.
Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice, Government Relations Chair
Clinical Social Work Association
The National Voice of Clinical Social Work
Strengthening IDENTITY | Preserving INTEGRITY | Advocating PARITY
From the Co-Chairs of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN)
Dear CSWA Membership:
We invite all of you to become individual members (it’s free!) and thereby share in the rich international conversation and advocacy that PsiAN has begun.
Since that first meeting [described above in Laura’s note], we’ve grown rapidly to be more than psychologists and more than psychoanalytically oriented – we have nearly 1000 members and 43 organizational partners. We include social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, group therapists, and counseling psychologists. Individual members and strategic partners ascribe to theoretical orientations including psychoanalytic, humanistic, Jungian, sensorimotor, and more. We aspire to be a big tent that includes all clinicians, whatever discipline and theoretical orientation, who share our concerns
Our mission: The Psychotherapy Action Network is a global community of mental health professionals and stakeholders dedicated to promoting psychotherapies of depth, insight and relationship. PsiAN aims to restore these therapies to their fundamental place in the mental health landscape through education and advocacy regarding their personal, economic, and sociocultural effectiveness in alleviating suffering and transforming lives.
PsiAN is a place both to listen and to be heard, and to find avenues for advocacy about issues that concern you. We invite you to visit our website, psian.org, and become a part of the conversation by hitting the "Join Us" button and signing on.
Janice Muhr, PhD, Linda Michaels, PhD, Nancy Burke, PhD
Co-Chairs, Psychotherapy Action Network