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New Haven Region Mini-Meeting: "We Were Lost in Familiar Places"

  • 12 Nov 2016
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • The home of Allison Brownlow

The New Haven Region will host a Mini-Meeting:

"We Were Lost in Familiar Places"

November 12, 2016

2:00 - 4:00



Frana K. Dupree, LCSW  

Elaine K. Hunter, LCSW  

Rita W. McCleary, PsyD   

In early September 2014, a woman came home from work to find her eldest son hanging lifeless from a beam in the garage. In the interim, three therapists joined together to navigate the insidiously emerging complexity of the family on the one hand and the larger mental health system on the other. Much progress seemed to have been made by the fall of 2013 and the young man’s decline and ultimate suicide shocked us all. Really though, it was not surprising. The family dynamics had been many years in the making, as indeed have the dynamics of mental health care in America. How did we get so lost?  Our panel will argue that finding understanding requires widening our scope beyond an “identified patient” to include multiple systems that are interconnected and mutually influential. Each system’s willingness to acknowledge, explore and communicate its dynamics is essential to comprehensive treatment of our most vulnerable patients.

Frana Dupree, LCSW, has a background spanning the fields of medical technology in the clinical laboratory and teaching immunology at Quinnipiac University. In mid-life she returned to college and received an MSW from Fordham University in 1986, followed by training at the Institute for Mental Health (chartered by the State of New York) and received certification for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 1991. Frana is member of NASW and CSPP and pursues a private practice in New Haven.

Elaine Hunter, LCSW has maintained a private practice in New Haven since 1979, providing psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She received training and has worked at The Connecticut Mental Health Center, High Meadows Residential Treatment Center, and The Wheeler Clinic. Elaine completed a 4-year training program with The Connecticut Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Center in 1994. She has served on the Executive Board of CSPP since 2008, and is currently CSPP’s Website Manager. 

Rita McCleary, PsyD earned a BA in “philosophical psychology” from the University of Chicago, an MA in Philosophy from York University in Toronto, and another MA in Ideas and Methods from UChicago, before finally deciding to get her PsyD from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 1987. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Yale Psychiatric Institute. She has had a private practice in New Haven since 1991 and also enjoys supervising Yale psychology and psychiatry fellows. She is the author of Conversing With Uncertainty: Practicing Psychotherapy in a Hospital Setting (The Analytic Press, 1992) and has a chapter on Personality Assessment in Essentials of Assessment Report Writing (ed Lichtenberger, Mather, Kaufman and Kaufman, Wiley, 2004).

     Place: The home of Allison Brownlow, Ph.D.

     8 High Meadow Road

     North Haven, CT 06473

(a private road off Dixwell Ave., near the border of Hamden & North Haven)

This event is free, but space is limited to the first 16 respondents.


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