- Medical Bioethics Committee, Michael Reese Hospital
- Human Rights Authority, State of Illinois, Guardianship & Advocacy
- Admissions Committee, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
- Professional Advisory Committee, Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Standing Committee on the Mentally Disabled, Illinois State Bar Association
- American Psychological Association (APA)
Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: I believe strongly in the professional psychology model of approaching training issues. I am very much influenced by Shon's model of reflective practice and Bruner's approach to professional development and education. I believe that my job is to help trainees to develop their ability to process information with a very high degree of competence and also to deepen their capacities to process the clinical relationship and treatment process in a humane, professional, and caring manner. To become a psychologist , in my view, requires that the whole person is committed to growth and learning. Professors, too, need to be open to learning, even as they teach. I very much see The Chicago School as being a community of professional psychologists and trainees who are equally committed to study, cultural diversity, and creativity as we attempt to make the world a better place through the application of the principles of psychology to help promote human development, knowledge, and problem resolution.
Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: My approach to practice is built on two viewpoints that are in a constant dialectical and evolving creative tension. The first is that each individual is unique and represents a "universe" in and of themselves. The second is that each person develops in a rich tapestry of a larger cultural and relational matrix that gives their lives context and meaning. I am fascinated by human development over the course of the life cycle, hardiness, and resilience at both people and systems. Psychologists have the privilege of both witnessing human development and intervening with individuals and systems during times of crisis, trauma, or emotional difficulty. We have to be able to provide psychological services in a compassionate, responsible, and professional manner based on the highest standards of practice and this also means we must be committed to life long learning and education.
Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I have always been drawn to the study of history, philosophy, religion and sociology. People, both as individuals and as part of families, communities, and cultures are endlessly intriguing. Life stories are often inspiring, surprising and puzzling in the most positive sense. The quiet heroism of ordinary daily life is amazing. I am in awe of people's ability to cope with difficult life circumstances and to cope with life challenges. As I tell my students, if you become a psychologist, you will never have any two therapy hours that are exactly alike. Each person is different and each hour is new. It is a field that will lead the professional on a life long quest for knowledge and growth. Professional psychology is a wonderful career path to pursue.
Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Be prepared to work very hard and to be challenged to grow intellectually, emotionally, and experientially. Open yourself at all levels to the wonderful array of information and experience that you are about to encounter. Understand that The Chicago School and each professor and staff member here is dedicated to helping you learn, grow, and succeed to the best of our ability. Finally, it is important for you to know that we really believe in you and your abilities and are very pleased that you have asked us to be part of your career development. Good Luck!