CCP Responds to the Closing of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University.

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  • Dear Colleagues,

    The CCP Board wishes to inform you about our responses to the closing of Argosy University (the ISPP clinical psychology program) this past Friday and to ask for your assistance.  You may already know that Argosy was precipitously forced to close due to financial difficulties and systemic factors.  Students were unable to complete their semester, let alone their studies at ISPP.  Many of these students incurred great debt and had not been given financial aid that previously had been awarded to them.  ISPP faculty, some of whom are members of CCP, were simply told that they had no job and were directed to vacate their offices.

    The Chicago School and Adler are mobilizing to accommodate ISPP students.  However, despite their herculean attempts to meet the needs of the student body, faculty, and staff, the shock and disruption caused by such an abrupt and painful closing will last.

    The Board agrees that we as a community cannot stand by and do nothing.  Closing ISPP is a loss to our field and the manner in which it occurred is an affront to our professions, to our mission to serve others, to the integrity of higher education, and to simple human decency.  We have voted to do what we can to mitigate the damage done to ISPP students and faculty.

    We have taken or will take the following actions:

  1. Contacted ISPP faculty to determine the current status of the situation and needs of their community.
  2. Established a dedicated email address ( so that students can contact us for any support that we might give.  The ISPP Dean agreed to pass this along to the students before the Argosy website became inactive.  Students will also be able to contact us via the new CCP website.
  3. Compose and send letters to relevant elected officials and government agencies.  These letters will articulate the consequences of the closing and highlight the policies that should be corrected in order to prevent similar events from occurring in the future.
  4. Offer free CCP membership to ISPP students for the remainder of the year.  Our aim is to provide them with some sense of continuity and professional engagement following the abrupt ending of their studies in mid semester.
  5. Provide “talk back” sessions following the Friday night lectures so that students can voice their concerns, their needs, and feelings in a professional context that is independent of ISPP.
We also are asking you, the CCP community, to support ISPP students by offering sliding scale short term counseling or pro bono mentorship.  Without a doubt we lead hectic lives and we understand that this is a big request.  Nonetheless we recognize that this is an extraordinary circumstance.  A great injustice has been done to our colleagues and to the larger community.  Please give whatever time you have and let us know your availability by emailing

Thank you on behalf of the Board, and the ISPP students and faculty.

Carol Ganzer


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The Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychosis in the Community

You are cordially invited to attend a presentation co-sponsored by the Kedzie Center and the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

To be held at the Kedzie Center 4141 N, Kedzie Ave. Chicago

Wednesday, November 14  6-7:30 pm


The possibility of psychoanalytic treatment of psychosis in the community is actualized when:

1 – Psychosis is conceived of as a basic human structure – not an illness characterized by deficiency – allows for a reconsideration of the dimensions of chronicity and intractability demonstrated by established clinical work. 

2 – As exemplified by a video that depicts an existing program known as “388”, located in Quebec City - where psychotics, afforded the opportunity for psychotics to profoundly reorganize their lives engaging in psychoanalysis.  The results obtained demonstrate that 60% engaged in psychoanalysis gained a productive and satisfying place in their community. 

3 – There will follow a discussion of the concept, the program and what would be required to establish such a program locally.


Presenter:  Charles Turk, M.D. Psychiatrist at the Kedzie Center, a faculty member of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and an analyst of GIFRIC - the organization that developed “388”

CEUs available

1 – Participants will become familiar with how the ethic of “best practices” demands consideration of results obtained as demonstrated by an innovative psychoanalytic treatment in a psychoanalytically informed program, and with what clinical, organizational and financial issues would have to be addressed to develop such a program locally.

2 – Participants will gain increased knowledge of how the prevailing “scientistic” view of psychosis that regards it as a “brain disease” obliterates the subject – and how this concept makes us human and offers an alternative viewpoint of psychosis.

3 – Participants will become familiar with how psychoanalysis as conducted at “388” offers psychotics a way to engage in a total reorganization of their personality and their lives.  

This presentation will be of medium level interest to graduate students, clinicians and other professionals

"Nothing human is alien to me"  --Terrence

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