Schools Initiatives’ Major Gift Energizes Other Donors, Too
Photos: top, New School in the Heights, Houston; bottom, Montessori School of Englewood, one of the locations where Institute Schools Initiatives staff provide services
We were honored this summer to learn board members at Houston’s recently closed New School in the Heights chose to support the work of our Schools Initiatives. These programs are among only a few options for therapeutic services to children who live in communities where the effects of trauma, violence and poverty persist.
The New School in the Heights board invested $150,000 to honor the legacy of their founders, Diane Manning, PhD and the late Arthur J. Farley, MD, who sought to integrate psychoanalysis with education. The New School in the Heights had used a psychoanalytic approach to help students with social-emotional challenges.
This was one of the largest gifts the Institute has received. Manning and her fellow board members encouraged the Institute to leverage their support by asking existing donors to give for the Schools Initiatives. To date, 43 additional donors have made special gifts to the Institute totaling nearly $13,000 toward our goal of $20,000 for the project this fall.
Since 2008, clinicians working with Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis’ Schools Initiatives, a project of our children's clinics have provided group and individual therapy to children in four schools in Englewood and two other challenged Chicago communities. Graduate student interns gain valuable experience working in these programs. This forms part of our mission to provide professional training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and apply these principles to therapeutic services for the public.
If you would like to support this work, you can do so by donating online at chicagoanalysis.org.