PH.D:                   The Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy

                            June, 2017 


PPTP:                   Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program,

                             Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles   2003 - 2009 


MSW:                    Smith College School for Social Work, 1976


BA:                        Oberlin College, 1969

                              Junior Year in Paris, studying at the Sorbonne





February 1983 - Present:  Private Practice Psychotherapist, Los Angeles, CA

Individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy.  Supervision and Consultation.  I also provide divorce mediation, divorce coaching and co-parenting counseling.

September 2010 - Present:  Adjunct Faculty, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts
I facilitate a monthly online training practicum with supervisors around the country who are participating in Smith's certificate program in advanced clinical supervision.  


September 1998 - June 2017:  Faculty/Field Advisor, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts

Winter faculty for MSW students doing their full-time field placement in Los Angeles, including oversight of the internship, co-facilitation of a monthly integrative seminar, the provision of feedback on clinical papers and overall educational planning. 


January 1992 - Present:  Pulling Together Mediation Center

I run a mediation service that specializes in the co-mediation (therapist and attorney) of divorce settlements.


October 1983 - October, 1991:  Director, Divorce Mediation Program, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Training of Social Workers, Attorneys and Rabbis in mediation skills. Community education and publicity of mediation concept. Overview of program's policies and standards. Participation on agency's Divorce Mediation Team

November 1978 - January 1983:  District Director, South Bay Branch, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy. Staff, student and volunteer supervision. Field Instructor USC School of Social Work.  Community outreach and liaison. Family Life Education workshops. Internal overview and coordination of services. Program development


September 1977 - August 1978:  Coordinator of Outreach Counseling Services, Sojourn Inc., Northampton, Massachusetts

Individual and group counseling with adolescent girls. Family intervention when appropriate. Liaison with surrounding rural communities, especially schools. Recruitment, orientation and supervision of volunteers. Agency representative to a regional coalition of community-based projects. Contract administration


October 1976 - September 1977:  Staff Clinical Social Worker, Child Guidance Clinic of Springfield, Springfield, Massachusetts

Child, adolescent and parent diagnostic evaluation and treatment using the full spectrum of individual, couple, family and group formats


September 1975 - May 1976:  Full-Time Social Work Intern, The Area A Community Mental Health Center, Youth Service Clinic, Washington DC

Child, adolescent and family diagnostic evaluation and out-patient treatment. Community consultation to local day-care centers


March 1973 - June 1975:  Outreach Foster Care Worker from the Jewish Social Service Agency, Rockville, Maryland to the Washington DC  Runaway House

My responsibilities were generally the same as at Catholic Social Services in Ann Arbor (see below). As part of my liaison with the Runaway House, I provided long and short-term therapy to the families of runaways and met weekly with other counselors for professional and peer supervision


September 1971 - February 1973:  Specialized Foster Care Worker, Catholic Social Services, Ann Arbor, Michigan

I was hired to license unusual living environments for runaways referred by Ozone House who could not return home. I licensed and trained foster parents, negotiated the placement of adolescents in their homes, worked individually with the adolescents, ran groups for the kids and supervised the entire foster unit through a "family" meeting every week


September 1970 - September 1971:  Staff, Ozone House for Runaways, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Youth and family counseling, project coordination, training new staff and volunteers and community outreach


January 1970:  Formation of Ozone House for Runaways, Ann Arbor, Michigan

I, along with a small planning team, organized Ozone House, a crisis counseling center and 24-hour hotline for runaway adolescents. I volunteered for six months while we wrote funding proposals to the City of Ann Arbor, NIMH and HEW.



2010:  California Chapter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference, Santa Monica, CA. I was part of an interdisciplinary panel of family law attorneys and mental health professionals who presented on the topic of “Why Bring Mental Health Professionals into the Divorcing Process?”


2007:  Conference, American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, Chicago, IL.  I was a panel member in a clinical presentation about “developmental” affairs and their impact on the marital relationship.


2006:  Conference, International Federation on Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE), Pasadena, CA.  I was a panel member in a clinical presentation about “developmental” affairs and their impact on the marital relationship.


1998:  Co-author of a chapter, "Help: A Special Section", which appears in When Your Parents Split Up, How to Keep Yourself Together, by Alys Swan-Jackson, published by Price Stern Sloan.


1994 - 2004:  Supervisor for Psychotherapy Services, a treatment and training Project of The Sanville Institute. Individual and group supervision with not-yet-licensed MSWs


November  1984:  California Society for Clinical Social Work Conference

Presented the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles' Divorce Mediation Program


November 1982:  Workshop presentation of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles' Divorce Mediation Program to the General Assembly of Jewish Communal Agencies


September 1978 - August 1979:  Member of the planning board for the Ocean Park Community Center, Santa Monica, CA. I helped organize a new adolescent group home and train its staff


February 1977 - September 1977: Member of the Board of Directors, Sojourn, Inc., a residential and independent living program for adolescent girls in Northampton, Massachusetts


April 1976:  Member of the Board of Directors of Second Mile Runaway House, Hyattsville, Maryland


March 1975:  American Orthopsychiatric Association Conference, Washington DC

I presented the Jewish Social Service/Runaway House Program on the use of specialized foster homes for runaways


August 1974:  American Psychological Association and the Association of Humanistic Psychology Conferences, New Orleans, Louisiana

Six of us from the Family Counseling Seminar (Runaway House, Washington DC) presented our work with the families and foster families of runways


June 1972:  First National Conference of Runaway House Staff, Northfield, Minnesota

Developed and exchanged ideas on program format and influenced pending legislation on the Federal funding of runaway houses




Licensed by the State of California (LCSW #6798)  1978


California Society for Clinical Social Work


American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work  (AAPCSW)


Certified Diplomate, American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work


Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA)


The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts  (AFCC)