In December, Dean Neal Spira announced the addition of Stephanie Fariss, JD, LCSW to the Institute faculty. Fariss graduated from the Psychoanalytic Education Program in June 2018. She previously served as president of the Candidates’ Association and candidate representative to the Institute’s Education Council and Board of Trustees.
Fariss left her life as an attorney in Texas in 1992, when she moved to Chicago and began clinical work with patients with severe characterological disorders at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Treatment Center. She was one of the clinicians who established the Warren Wright Adolescent Program at Northwestern in 1994, where she took a special interest in the treatment of young women suffering from trauma, and later became the program’s clinical coordinator. She started a private practice in 1994.
She is a graduate and faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago’s Analyst Training Program and a board member of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of Mental Health America of Illinois and participated for several years on a panel at national and international group conferences on the “social unconscious,” which was later published.
Fariss has a particular interest in the integration of multiple theoretical perspectives in psychoanalytic practice and the relevance of psychoanalysis to current and historical social issues such as gender, race, politics and animal welfare. Her most recent personal project has been the rescue of over 500 companion animals from kill shelters for the last four years. She aspires to write about the value companion animals bring to the experience of being human, especially as it relates to emotional regulation and development in children and adults.