The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation

About the Foundation

The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting psychoanalytic education and training, and to encourage innovative community-based programs and research efforts that enhance public awareness of psychoanalysis and its value.

We believe that psychoanalytic theory can contribute to society’s efforts to confront and deal with issues such as violence, group conflict, and prejudice. Psychoanalytic insights can benefit:

  • parents in understanding and raising children
  • teachers in managing classes and improving teaching techniques
  • business leaders in building strong and effective organizations
  • the judicial system in deliberating and making optimal decisions

The Foundation Board

The foundation is governed by an independent board consisting of psychoanalysts and non-analysts who believe that psychoanalytic theory speaks to a broader spectrum of social and cultural issues, and that psychoanalysis can provide a unique foundation to assist individuals, organizations, and communities reach their fullest potential.

Board Members

Mary Etezady, PhD, Chair
Bernard Friedberg, MD, President
Cameron Etezady, Esq, Treasurer
Ralph Fishkin, DO, Secretary
Lana Fishkin, MD, Director
Elaine Freeman, MA, Director
Edward Hicks, MD, Director
Marc Inver, MD, Director
Andrew Smolar, MD, Director
Barbara Young, MD, Director

Why Psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalytic Treatment results in improved interpersonal relationships and more effective and productive lives. Because it is a therapeutic technique for exploring the unconscious forces in the human mind, psychoanalysis provides a framework for a comprehensive understanding of human psychology and for mastering the inner forces that guide human behavior.

Current Funds and Projects

The Patricia Claffie Fund provides scholarships for social work students who wish to expand their understanding of human behavior through psychoanalytic training.

The Harry L. Friedberg Fund encourages the use of film to further public understanding of psychoanalysis. This Fund has provided seed money for the development of From Freud to Einstein: Why War?, a feature documentary film analyzing war from a psychoanalytic perspective.
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The Margaret Mahler Symposium on Child Development, an annual program presented in Philadelphia, brings together mental health professionals and students from throughout the U.S. to discuss the latest developments in the field.

The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and its programs are a major focus for the Foundation. The Center has been a valued educational and clinical resources in the greater Philadelphia area, attracting and training the best clinicians to the field of psychoanalysis.

Foundation for the Future

There are numerous ways in which the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia can address the many needs of the greater Philadelphia community. But to achieve these goals, a stable source of financial resources is needed.

The cost of psychoanalytic training and treatment can deter many from using this valuable resources. An Endowment Fund has been established to allow the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia to provide scholarships to clinicians-in-training. The Endowment Fund also enables the Foundation to support and encourage innovative programs, bringing the insights of psychoanalysis to address important social and cultural issues and move the field of psychoanalysis forward.

How to Apply for Funding

All grants are limited to specific projects or programs that encourage the advancement of psychoanalysis, applied psychoanalysis, and innovative programs to enhance public awareness and advocacy for psychoanalysis in the community. No grants are awarded only for overhead or general promotion of the recipient organization. Preference in awarding grants will be given to the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia as the only member of the Foundation, although the Center will not be the exclusive recipient of grants.

Grant Application

Requirements:

  • Programs requesting funds independent of the Center must be, or operate under fiscal sponsorship of, a registered 501(c)3 organization.
  • The Foundation makes discretionary grants totaling not more than 5% of the average annual unrestricted fund balance as calculated at the end of the previous fiscal year.
  • Requests are considered at regular board meetings which are held on the 4th Monday of September, November, January, March, and May. Requests must be submitted in writing before the 15th of the meeting month to begin the consideration process at that month’s meeting.  Grants received after the 15th may not be considered until the following month’s scheduled meeting.
  • Requests must include a description of the program (including need, goals, methods, time frame, etc), a detailed budget listing other source of funds (e.g. fees, other grant sources).  Additional material may be requested as needed by the Board to evaluate the specific requests.

Grant applications should be mailed to:

The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation
Rockland – East Fairmount Park
3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19121

 

Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to:

The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation
Rockland – East Fairmount Park
3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19121

OR

Made through PayPal on PCOP’s Donate page.