Congratulations to Marge Othrow, TI’s amazing Administrative Assistant, whose many talents and professions include being a top-notch illustrator. Recently, Marge put this acumen to work by adding the drawings to a newly released children’s book: “Stella & Cybill.” According to Amazon, Stella & Cybill is “a charming little story on how we should learn to all be friends….” We love the book’s message, and especially Marge’s sweet and humorous drawings, and encourage everyone to purchase a copy.
Congratulations to Albert Brok, PhD, GCP, the Director of Group and Couples Training at TI, for his recently published article in GROUP (Vol. 40, No. 4), a scholarly quarterly that publishes articles and reviews on group psychotherapy and group phenomena in general. Continuously published since 1976, GROUP is the journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, a regional affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Brok’s article – “A Look at Levels of Relating in Group Therapy” – points out the importance of recognizing and therapeutically dealing with the variety of experiences that manifest in groups.
“All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?” Immanuel Kant
In the spirit of Kant’s quote, we are pleased to launch a new interview series for our “TI News” blog on our website. We’ll ask select staff, students, faculty and board members three questions about their background, their work at the agency, and their future goals.
To start, we are pleased to interview Shanna Salmon, TI's Patient Coordinator.
1) Tell us a little about yourself. What brought you to TI?
Fordham University brought me to TI. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Social Work at Fordaham and contacted an adjunct professor there for professional advice. He just so happened to also be a fee-for-service therapist at TI. He mentioned that TI was looking for a Patient Coordinator then I ended up interviewing and got the job!
2) What work do you do at TI?
Currently, I am a Patient Coordinator here, including scheduling intakes for therapists and speaking with clients on therapy here at TI. Recently, I have begun teaching yoga for staff here in the classroom since I am also a 200RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) through the Yoga Alliance.
3) What are your future personal and career goals?
My primary goal is to become a LCSW and work with the community as a private therapist!
NEW ASSISTANT CLINICAL DIRECTOR: Lauren Gargano, LCSW will be stepping in to partner with Christine Grounds in running the clinic. Lauren Gargano, LCSW is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at T.I. She is currently in private practice in Chelsea, and has been teaching interns and students at T.I. for the last several years. She is very excited to be expanding her role at the Training Institute, and is looking forward to working more with faculty and students. Please join us in welcoming Lauren!
MIND BODY CENTER: Announcing the official launch of TI's newest program! The Mind Body Center is dedicated to bridging psychoanalytic theories with eastern philosophies and mindfulness practices for an integrated approach to mental and physical wellness. Please contact Kristin Wynn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about programming and/or if you would like to be part of the Mind Body organizing committee. Upcoming events include:
o Restorative Yoga with Shanna Salmon (for TI therapists and staff) - Fridays at 12:00 PM - beginning April 7: Shanna is a 200RYT certified through the Yoga Alliance who has been practicing yoga for more than six years. As a Patient Coordinator at TI, Shanna would love to teach and share the benefits of Restorative Yoga to the community. This style of yoga is known to be wonderful for combating stress, encouraging mindfulness, and increasing mental health. Each week, the classroom will transform into a meditative and mindful space for 45 minutes of relaxation.
o Silent Sitting Meditation (for therapists and staff) - Tuesdays at 1:00 PM at Jason Kurtz's office
o Meditation for Mental Wellness: An Introductory Practice Lab (open to all) - Saturdays at 4:00 PM - March 18-April 15