Moving to the Interior
by Richard Kordesh on 04/08/14
Recently, I've begun a new phase of my work. I'm still about building good communities around children, and I'm still devoted to building up the co-productive capacities of families. But now, I'm studying and beginning to practice on the inner dimensions of those challenges. Since, fall, 2013 I've been studying as a Fellow at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. I've also been taking courses there in Self Psychology and Object Relations. And now, I am beginning a supervised clinical practice in a school in Chicago's south side where I will be earning the hours I need to eventually apply for my clinical license.
Good community development work asks a lot of individuals. Loving, productive parenting requires a certain psychological readiness on the parts of mothers and fathers. And so, by learning how to help children and parents with their inner issues, I hope to become more fully capable of carrying forward with my commitment to strengthening families.
This movement into clinical practice will enrich the writing and consulting I will continue to carry out that addresses family-generated community building. And it will afford me the honor of helping kids, moms, and dads individually with their struggles and their quests.
Although this work will be new for me, my interest in the inner life is not at all new. I've been in analysis and therapy myself. I've kept detailed, personal journals for over 40 years, many of which recount and explore my dreams. So, I think of this new foray into clinical practice as a way to bring my lifelong inner work into more conscious alignment with my lifelong outer work in community building. I'm blessed to have this opportunity.