Resources for Vulnerable People

Welcome to CIPS Resources For Vulnerable People.

The purpose of this project is to create an interface and informational CIPS community bulletin board. It is designed to facilitate contact between members of the public seeking mental health and social services, and the outreach programs provided by the CIPS Community. Many of these services are conducted in collaboration with well-established social service and charitable agencies, such as the International Rescue Committee, Sanctuary and the Soldiers Project, while others are entirely society based. CIPS outreach programs provide assistance to: victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, an asylum seekers program, parent-infant assistance, and very low fee services to veterans. Additional charitable resources that offer assistance with immigration and refugee resettlement are also included.

If your CIPS society develops additional resources, they will be welcome additions.

Phyllis Sloate 914-636-2833
Terry McBride 310-208-7274

Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS)

We are waiting to hear about collaboration with a refugee assistance program.

CFS also offers two programs to specific populations in the NY metro area. and a third program in both the NY and DC metro area.

Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program

In collaboration with the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, we offer home-visiting and office-based parent-infant psychotherapy to parents and babies in transitional housing in Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
Contact: Rita Reiswig Sally Moskowitz

Sanctuary For Families

This organization works primarily with women and children who are victims of domestic violence; it also provides services to victims of human trafficking. They have a safe house, halfway houses, lawyers and social workers. Rita Reiswig (CFS) and Sally Moskowitz (IPTAR) are working towards placing students from the joint society Parent-Infant Training Program at Sanctuary.
Contact: Rita Reiswig Sally Moskowitz

The SPRING Project

The SPRING Project is a new outreach initiative operating in the New York, Washington, DC, and Baltimore metro areas. We offer support to expectant and postpartum mothers and their families who are experiencing mood-related problems during pregnancy and after having a baby.

Services include individual, couples and parent-infant therapy. Reduced fee psychotherapy is available to ensure access to mental health care for mothers and their families at this critical time.

Institute For Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR)

IPTAR Clinical Center (ICC)

The adult and child/adolescent divisions provide high quality affordable psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in the greater NY metropolitan area. A sliding scale of $45-165 for the first session and reductions to accommodate increased frequency are available, sessions are held onsite and in private offices.
Contact: Elizabeth Cutter Evert

The Committee to Connect IPTAR to Organizations Working in the Area of Human Rights and Social Justice.

Most of the following services under the auspices of this committee began years ago. But the need for this kind of involvement is now more urgent and more compelling.

In collaboration with IPTAR’s Research Committee, we have begun to gather together the results of our work to date, with a view to developing further insights into psychoanalytic treatment of trauma disorders.
Contact: Bret Gorkin 914-967-9848

Asylum Seeker/Refugee Programs:

HealthRight Human Rights Clinic & Weil-Cornell Center for Human Rights

These two organizations provide pro bono physical and psychological exams that are a necessary part of an asylum petition. They are the main source of referrals to our Asylum Seeker Project. The program provides pro bono individual psychotherapy to people in the process of seeking asylum in the United States because, in their own countries, they were under the threat, or were the victims, of torture, genocidal violence, ethnic, political, religious or racial persecution or discrimination. Treatment is pro bono, at least until they are granted asylum and have found work sufficient to support the cost of their treatment.
Contact: Bret Gorkin 914-967-6848
Richard Lasky 212-5995-0442

The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The primary work of the IRC in New York is to resettle refugees who have been identified by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, vetted by several federal agencies, and granted permission to legally enter the US. At present, we work in three IRC programs. Five students from the Internship/Externship Program provide pro bono psychotherapy to IRC Resettlement clients. Another student provides psychotherapy to children who have come to the IRC through the Unaccompanied Minors Program. More recently, we have been asked to organize therapeutic groups for students who attend Saturday Learning Series (SLS) tutoring and mentoring sessions at the IRC, and who the IRC believes may be frightened by and suffering psychologically from the current political climate. Much of the work with IRC clients requires partnering with trained translators.
Contact: Gail Bragg 212-366-4377
Elizabeth Cutter Evert 212-228-0370

Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families works primarily with women and children who are victims of domestic violence: it also provides services to victims of human trafficking. They have a safe house, halfway houses, lawyers and social workers. Presently, one extern works in the safe house and provides treatment there. Rita Reiswig (CFS) and Sally Moskowitz (IPTAR) are working towards placing students from the joint society Parent-Infant Training Program at Sanctuary. We have been able to refer three Korean-speaking trafficking victims aided by Sanctuary for Families to one of our Korean-speaking F-1 students.
Contact: Judith Hanlon 212-362-6406

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists works to protect persecuted journalists. They arrange for their removal from countries where their lives are in jeopardy. We have had talks with this organization about referring journalists they work with for treatment, and they are interested in doing so. Their clients, unlike most asylees or refugees, bring with them a more thorough acquaintance with and belief in psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma. But, thus far, we have not received any referrals from them.


Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program

In collaboration with the Contemporary Freudian Society, IPTAR offers home-visiting and office-based parent-infant psychotherapy to parents and babies in transitional housing in Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
Contact: Sally Moskowitz
Rita Reiswig

Queens Legal Services

Queens Legal Services provides pro bono legal services for all of the civil courts in Queens—Housing Court, Family Court, Civil Court, etc. They employ three full-time social workers in addition to their staff of lawyers. We met with members of their staff on February 3rd; the framework for the cooperation of our two organizations is still being thought through. Queens Legal Services has expressed a wish that we provide therapists (interns, externs and others) to work with clients at the offices of Queens Legal Services. They are interested in using IPTAR as a place to refer patients (likely all pro bono or Medicaid) for high quality psychotherapy services, including the services of the Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program.

Nurse Family Partnership

Graduates and students of the Anni Bergman Program receive referrals from the
Targeted Citywide Initiative Program of NFP, a program that assists mothers and infants living in homeless shelters, prison, or foster care. Parent-infant therapists conduct weekly sessions at the mother and baby’s home location,
Contact: Sally Moskowitz
Rita Reiswig

Bronx Defenders Program for Healthy Mothers and Children

Rita Reiswig and Sally Moskowitz met with the Director and arranged for referrals from this agency that works with mothers and fathers who have some involvement with Family Court. Dyadic psychotherapy will be provided during supervised visits with mothers in the process of reuniting with their young children in foster care.
Contact: Sally Moskowitz
Rita Reiswig

On-Site School Program

We offer individual and group therapy, as well as parent and teacher consultation on-site at an elementary school in East Harlem and at two middle schools for intellectually gifted students from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. In 2013, the school program was awarded the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Educational Achievement Award, which honors outstanding psychoanalytically informed work with educators and schools.
Contact: Carla Bauer Rentrop

These are the current accomplishments of the Committee to Connect IPTAR Organizations Working in the Area of Human Rights and Social Justice . In order to increase our understanding of the patient population we are and will be encountering, we have organized ourselves into a reading group that includes interns, externs and members. We meet monthly and explore the existing literature on treatment of trauma and PTSD. Our peer supervision group also includes the Asylum Seeker interns and externs as well.

Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS)

Ernest S. Lawrence Trauma Center

Since the 1999 formation of the Ernest S. Lawrence Trauma Center, honoring one of our founders, LAISPS has had a rich, generative history of outreach to under-served populations in Los Angeles. Until recently, The Trauma Center mission was to provide community service and outreach through psychoanalytically informed treatment of emotional and physical trauma, including child abuse, neglect and transgenerational violence. It supported a pro bono program offering weekly clinical help outside the traditional frame through the Center for Non-Violent Parenting in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles and the Venice Family Clinic in Venice, California.
The Soldiers Project was launched several years later, under the sponsorship of the Trauma Center. The Soldiers Project provides free and confidential treatment to post 9/11 military service members and their families, and has evolved into an independent nationally renowned organization.

LAISPS members and affiliates continue to be involved in providing weekly psychotherapy, peer consultation and administrative help to the Soldiers Project Board. The Trauma Center is in transition at the current time. Options for other developments are under consideration and will be announced in the near future.
Contact: Terrence McBride

Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC)

The Soldiers Project

PCC Members contribute clinical time to the Soldiers Project. Veterans are offered private practice psychotherapy services at very low fees.

Low Fee Psychoanalytic Referral Service

Low fee psychotherapy services are offered to the Los Angeles community.
Contact: Vladimir Lipovetsky, M.D., Chair
Referral Service Phone Line. (310) 208-1053

Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)

Currently in program development.