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Donating to Support Children & Families at the Southern Border

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Published 8/5/19 Dear CIL Friends, Published 8/5/19 Here is a listing of groups to donate to to support the efforts so much needed for hope to the children and families at the southern border: Published 8/5/19 • American Gateways provides … Continue reading

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Announcing Alexis’s New Book!

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I am excited to announce the publication of my first book: Introduction to Concepts and Evolutions of Psychoanalysis: Freud to Neuroscience.    The book provides a clear overview for anyone interested in practicing psychotherapy, learning about psychoanalysis as an alive and … Continue reading

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CIL Reflection: A Prayer for Heartbreaking Times by Judith Schmidt

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CIL REFLECTION: A PRAYER FOR HEARTBREAKING TIMES By: Judith Sarah Schmidt, PhD Early this morning, I sat out back. Just sitting, breathing the silence, looking out over the moss covered hillside. My eyes landed on two thin weeds with a … Continue reading

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CIL Reflection: What’s in a Name?

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A CIL REFLECTION What’s In A Name? Judith Sarah Schmidt, PhD I would like to begin by sharing with you a rather amusing incident I was recently a part of.  In my writing group, Joanne brings her parrot whose name … Continue reading

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A CIL Reflection: On Dealing With Our Dark Side

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CIL REFLECTIONS  On Dealing With Our Dark Side Alexis Johnson, PhD  In order to help ourselves, our friends and partners, and our clients either manage or transform the various manifestations of shame, self hate, envy and other familiar demons we need … Continue reading

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A CIL Reflection – Charleston: Days of Heartbreak

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A CIL REFLECTION    Charleston: Days of Heartbreak Judith Sarah Schmidt, PhD  Dear friends of CIL, Nine precious lives were taken in a torrent of hatred in a historic freedom loving Black church. We need to speak, to draw words out of … Continue reading

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CIL Reflections: On Not Writing

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CIL REFLECTIONS On not writing Alexis Johnson, PhD How do I know what I think until I see what I say? EM Forster – The Art of Thought For over 30 years I have wanted to write, to learn to write, to … Continue reading

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CIL Reflections: Repair, Redemption and Resilence

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Repair, Redemption and Resilience Judith S Schmidt, PhD  ” the seed for the planting must not be ground down”  Kate Kollwitz I recently had a very poignant reunion with Alice who is 50 years old. We first met when she was … Continue reading

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CIL Reflections: Cry For The Beloved People

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CIL REFLECTIONS: CRY FOR THE BELOVED PEOPLE Last week three Israeli youths died at the hands of Palestinians. Then, in seeming retaliation, a Palestinian youth died at the hands of an Israeli. An eye for an eye, the talion principle, embedded deep in … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Forgiveness – April 2014

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Spring Reflections 2014 Deserving Forgiveness Alexis Johnson, PhD I have always struggled with the idea of ‘deserving’.  I first heard it when I lived at Esalen Institute for a year a long time ago and people would often say: you … Continue reading

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