Mental Health In Prisons: Psychoanalytic Perspectives - A Symposium
Saturday, Oct. 26, NLU Auditorium, 122 S. Michigan Ave. 2nd floor
Attendees will use the anayltic lens of psychoanalysis to frame discussion about the day-to-day reality of mental health treatment in our prisons and the implications, bth among those most affected and the community at large.
Cost: $40 | CE Credits: 0
Cost: $75 | CE Credits: 6.5 


"The same system can be caring and controlling, helpful and harmful, serve a legitimate purpose and an illigitimate function. The same clinician can feel love and hate, care and concern."
(Elizabeth Kita, PhD clinician and author of one of the winning Seidenberg Prize papers, 2018)


Psychoanalytic thinking opens up a world of new opportunities for understanding the psychological needs and inner lives of a population that has too often been seen as ”the other.”  In 2018, the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute awarded the Seidenberg prize for papers applying psychoanalytic perspectives to the problem of mental health in prisons. A global audience of academics, therapists, and others submitted articles. Building on that work and the interest in and importance of the topic, the Institute is convening a gathering to discuss the issue this fall.

On Saturday, October 26, clinicians and national experts on treatment for people who are incarcerated will gather at Mental Health in Prisons: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Together they will use the analytic lens of psychoanalysis to frame discussion about the day-to-day reality of mental health treatment in our prisons, discuss improvements in mental health care in prisons, and the implications for those most affected and for the community at large.

  • Stakeholders in the criminal justice system - formerly incarcerated, attorneys, prison workers and officials, policymakers, and advocates
  • Therapists, counselors, and other clinicians with an interest or relevant experience in working with those who are currently or formerly incarcerated
  • Anyone interested in the application of psychoanalytic principles to community settings


8:30 Registration (doors open at 8 a.m.)

9:00 Mental health in prisons: theoretical frameworks

  • “Are They Mental Health or Behavioral?” Toward Object Relations Translation for Corrections Officers, Stephanie A. Gangemi, LCSW

  • “They hate me now, but where was everyone when I needed them?”  Mass incarceration, mass projective identification, and creating containers that hold, Beth Kita, LCSW, PhD

  • Discussant: Anne C. Dailey, JD, Evangeline Starr Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law

12:00 Box Lunch

1:00   Violence prevention and effective mental health treatment in prison

  • Joseph Galenek, PhD, senior researcher, Educause

2:00 Panel Discussion on mental health in prisons: practical considerations / current situation / steps for reform

  • Amanda Antholt, JD, senior attorney, Equip for Equality

  • Fred Cohen, LLB, LLM, Professor Emeritus, SUNY-Albany School of Criminal Justice

  • Pablo Stewart, MD, Clinical Professor, University of California-San Francisco

  • Facilitated by Harold Hirshman, JD, Senior Counsel, Dentons LLP

3:30 Next steps and summation

  • Wendy Selene, Director of Education | Prudy Gourguechon, Dean

4:00 End


Amanda Antholt, JD: As a Senior Attorney at disability rights organization Equip for Equality, Antholt focuses on civil rights litigation on behalf of people with disabilities with a particular focus on criminal justice and community integration.  She is the group’s lead attorney on the class action litigation that seeks to improve the conditions and treatment of Illinois's more than 13,000 prisoners with mental illness. She also leads on Equip for equality’s work to address the over-criminalization and incarceration of people with disabilities. Previously she was a partner in the law firm Smith, Johnson & Antholt, LLC, where she litigated many civil rights cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination, and prisoners’ rights.  She has practiced in the field of civil rights litigation since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in May 2002. More online here

Fred Cohen, LLB, LLM: As a co-founder and professor emeritus of the State University of New York-Albany School of Criminal Justice in the 1960s, Cohen developed the PhD program’s law component, including juvenile justice.  He has served as a court-appointed Monitor for mental health services in Ohio in Dunn v. Voinovich and for medical and dental care services in Ohio in Fussell v. Wilkinson. He was the court-appointed Independent Fact Finder in S.H. v. Stickrath.  He now oversees inmate racial and ethnic integration in the Arizona Department of Corrections.  He also serves as legal advisor to a national Jesuit social justice organization that works to bring human rights policies and practices to private prison operators.  Cohen is author of Practical Guide to Correctional Mental Health Care and the Law, (2011) as well as case books, treatises and articles on law and deviance in general, and is Executive Editor of Correctional Mental Health Report and Correctional Law Reporter.  Cohen is the legal affairs contributor to CorrectCare, the house publication of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.  He served as a Reporter to the American Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Standards Project, served on the ABA Task Force Revising Correctional Standards, and gave expert testimony before the ABA, Justice Kennedy Committee, and the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons.  He is also on the ABA's Subcommittee dealing with Alternative Means for Providing Correctional Oversight. Cohen holds an LLM degree from Yale Law School and is a professor emeritus at SUNY Albany School of Criminal Justice. 

Anne C. Dailey, JD: Evangeline Starr Professor of Law Anne Dailey’s scholarly work currently focuses on two areas of interest: children and the law, and psychoanalysis and the law. She is the author of Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (Yale University Press 2017), which has won the American Psychoanalytic Association's 2018 Courage to Dream Book Prize, the UConn Humanities Institute 2018 Sharon Harris Book Award and The American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis 2018 Book Prize. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Dailey is a member of the American Law Institute and on the advisory board for the new Restatement of the Law of Children.  More online here.

Joseph Galenek, PhD: Joseph D. Galanek is a medical anthropologist and public health professional who has conducted research on and provided direct clinical services to criminal justice involved individuals with severe psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.  He has worked in and conducted research in local county jails, community mental health clinics, and state correctional institutions. His research and evaluation activities have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.  He was employed as a mental health specialist for the Oregon Department of Corrections where he implemented a comprehensive mental health program in the states’ maximum security male institution, Oregon State Penitentiary. He received federal grant funding to conduct ethnographic research in this institution to identify factors that contribute to psychiatric recovery of prisoners with severe psychiatric disorder.  

Stephanie Gangemi, LCSW: Gangemi began her social work career at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, a 14,000 bed jail in NYC. After relocating to Colorado Springs, she joined the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center, going from entry-level clinician to Director of Mental Health for the 1,700-bed facility.  She has taught classes at Smith College, Newman University and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado, and Wagner College in New York City. Her MSW is from Columbia University; she is getting her PhD at Smith College School for Social Work. More online here.

Harold Hirshman, JD: Hirshman is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice at Dentons LLP. As a trial lawyer for more than 50 years, he has tried bench and jury trials and arbitrations in Illinois, Delaware, Washington, California, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Texas, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Florida, among other jurisdictions.  In one of those cases, Hirshman joined on a pro bono basis with Equip for Equality and Uptown People’s Law Center to successfully argue in Rasho v. Baldwin that Illinois must invest in providing better mental-health-care in its prison system. His principal areas of focus have been securities class actions, takeover battles, business partner disputes, lender liability claims and accounting malpractice suits.  Harold has also briefed and argued before the US Courts of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits and the Illinois appellate courts, including the state Supreme Court. In addition, he has resolved more than 450 cases through mediation. He also is the first-ever recipient of Chambers and Partners Lifetime Achievement Award for Pro Bono Services. More online here

Elizabeth Kita, PhD: Kita has extensive experience doing clinical work with people who are incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, and has consulted on the dynamics of correctional/carceral systems, psychodynamic thinking, and trauma theory and practice, including the effects of trauma exposure on professional helpers.  She found her way into social work in the early 2000s, working in women’s health research, community organizing, adolescent residential treatment, and child welfare. Kita chairs the Coalition for Clinical Social Work, a Bay Area group committed to psychodynamic thinking about the practice of social work across diverse settings.  She has an MSW from UC Berkeley and a PhD in social work from Smith College. More online here

Pablo Stewart, MD: Stewart works at the national level to ensure that prisoners, both adult and juvenile, receive constitutionally mandated levels of medical and psychiatric care.  He has served as director of Forensic Psychiatric Services for the City and County of San Francisco, Psychiatric Consultant to the Hawaii State Child Welfare Services Branch and the Chief of Psychiatric Services at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.  He also has extensive experience working with the Veteran population. He was the Chief of the Substance Abuse Inpatient Unit at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital for over four years. His last position with the VA was as the Medical Director of the Veterans Comprehensive Homeless Center in San Francisco.  Due to his combination of clinical experiences, Dr. Stewart is a nationally recognized expert in Capital Litigation. He has worked on over 300 Capital cases. Finally, Dr. Stewart was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine for over 20 years and is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.  He received his medical degree from UCSF where he also completed his psychiatric residency training. More online here


Educational Objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1. Describe the impact of systemic dehumanization.
2. Utilize the lens of Psychoanalytic thought to apply principles of inclusiveness and personal agency to work with those affected by the carceral state.
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Psychologists by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 6.5 hours of Continuing Education for Psychologists. CE Sponsor License #268.000091.
Social Workers: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Social Workers by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 6.5 hours of Continuing Education for Social Workers. CE Sponsor License #159.000122.
Professional Counselors: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Professional Counselors by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning 6.5 hours Continuing Education credit for Professional Counselors. CE Sponsor License #197.000202.
Marriage and Family Therapists: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Marriage and Family Therapists by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning 6.5 hours Continuing Education credit for Marriage and Family Therapists. CE Sponsor License #168.000204.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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