Why A Traumatized Nation Is Having Trouble Staying Home

Posted in History, Social Awareness

This opinion piece by Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS and Holly Blatman, MD was first published on April 7, 2020 in The Boston Globe. The potential consequences of noncompliance are being outweighed by the human desire to find comfort from loneliness and feelings of helplessness by gathering in groups. Given the current wartime reality in health care facilities battling COVID-19, it can be difficult to understand why all of us are not taking...

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Older Kids and Teens in “Lockdown”

Posted in History, Social Awareness

The following piece was originally published on Alexandra Harrison’s blog entitled Supporting Child Caregivers in April 2020, which can be found here. We have talked about infants and young children in the time of COVID. It is important now to talk about the experience of school children and adolescents. These kids have some of the same problems we have discussed in relation to younger children, and they have some different problems. The...

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Definitely Not Business as Usual: Especially in Families of Young Children

Posted in History, Social Awareness

The following piece was originally published on Alexandra Harrison’s blog entitled Supporting Child Caregivers in April 2020, which can be found here. Talking to parents the past couple of weeks has impressed upon me in full force the stress we are all under. It is clear that it is not “business as usual” on the home front. The stresses are mounting. Parents are worried about poor work performance or even losing their jobs. They are stuck...

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Coping with COVID19

Posted in History, Social Awareness

The following piece was originally published on Alexandra Harrison’s blog entitled Supporting Child Caregivers in March 2020, which can be found here. The World is a Different Place I just received an email from a colleague notifying me of the cancelation of a professional meeting that we had been scheduled to participate in. He said, “The world is a different place,” and I was struck by how true that was. As all of you, I have been...

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Sarah Birss and Ann Epstein – The Kravitz Award Series VIDEO

Posted in History, Social Awareness

Sarah Birss, MD, Ann Epstein, MD, and Judith Arons, LICSW (1947-2014), received the Arthur R. Kravitz Award for Community Action and Humanitarian Contributions in 2011 for their creative and committed work applying psychoanalytic and developmental principles in training therapists to do psychotherapy with parents and infants at the Infant Parent Training Institute at JF&CS of Greater Boston. Drs. Epstein’s and Birss’s...

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Below are the remarks from the January 21, 2020 “Off the Couch” viewing of Portrait of a Lady on Fire with Igor Weinberg, PhD, psychotherapy student member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. “France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under...

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