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Nuno Conceicao

Nuno Conceicao, Ph.D.

Nuno Conceicao maintains an integrative supervised private practice for the last fifteen years in central Lisbon, mostly with challenging adult individuals and couples, dedicating half of his professional time to his clients. He comes to SEPI meetings since 2001. He was part of the Local Arrangements Committee for the SEPI conference in Lisbon, Portugal in 2007. Then he served on the Regional Networks Committee.

At the same time he has always conducted some lectures in several professional associations of psychotherapy in Lisbon, most of them related to personality disorders, complex trauma and structural dissociation.  His main interest is on general strategies, principles of change and integrative clinical decision-making heuristics, articulating moment-by-moment and phase-by-phase maps.

Since 2011, he is also a professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Faculty of Psychology at University of Lisbon, where he teaches, supervises, and conducts research in psychotherapy integration.  There, he shares with his mentor Antonio Branco-Vasco the coordination of Paradigmatic Complementarity Psylab, that privileges research on transtheoretical and transdiagnostic processes and mechanisms of relevance to clinicians of any approach.

Beatriz Gomez, Ph.D.

Beatriz Gomez, Ph.D.

Aigle Foundation
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Beatriz Gómez first attended SEPI in 1991 in London where she felt SEPI was a perfect “home” for psychotherapists with an integrative perspective and open attitude towards exploration and innovation.  She became the Local Chair of SEPI X in 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She served as the coordinator of the Regional Network in Argentina, and as from 2012 as a member of the SEPI Regional Networks Program. She is SEPI´s 2016 president.

Beatriz Gómez is the current president of Aiglé Foundation, a private mental health institution founded in 1977. Its main activities are education and training of therapists, research, publications, and the delivery of clinical and community welfare services.  She is a Faculty member of the Graduate Training Programs of Aiglé Foundation with the National University of Mar del Plata and with Maimónides University in Argentina. She is coordinator of the Master in Cognitive Clinical Psychology at Belgrano University, Argentina and professor of the Master in Multidisciplinary Interventions for Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders and Emotional Disorders, University of Valencia, in coordination with Aiglé Foundation and the Foundation  Universidad Empresa de Valencia (ADEIT) . She is the practicum coordinator in Argentina for students of the Global online Master in Counseling for Latin America, Palo Alto University.  Gómez has served as Director of the Psychology Department at the School of Human Sciences, Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires.

In the area of research she is co-coordinator of the Research Department of Aiglé Foundation, which central program is on the personal style of the therapist. She has written chapter books and papers on this topic and on developments of the integrated psychotherapy model of Aiglé.
Beatriz Gómez is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor who shares her practice with a group of wonderful colleagues and who enjoys her family and her work.

Stanley B. Messer, Ph.D.

Stanley B. Messer, Ph.D.

Stanley Messer received a B.Sc. in Honors Psychology from McGill University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University. He completed a two-year fellowship in psychotherapy at Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY, and has been on the faculty at Rutgers University since 1968. He was chair of the committee that proposed the creation of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), considered one of the premier professional schools in the country. He served as chairperson of its Department of Clinical Psychology for 9 years and as dean of the School for 15 years (until 2016). He currently holds the title of Distinguished Professor.

With an interest in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies, Messer has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. His most recent co-edited volumes are Case Studies Within Psychotherapy Trials: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (2017) and Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice, 3rd ed. (2011). He has also co-authored the volume Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy: A Comparative Approach.

Messer has published many articles and book chapters on psychotherapy integration and eclecticism, examining their implications at the clinical, theoretical and philosophical levels. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, the Journal of Clinical Psychology and of Practice Innovations. He is an associate editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy and has been an associate editor of American Psychologist. Messer is featured in an APA videotape and DVD entitled Brief Dynamic Therapy. He has lectured and given invited workshops in several international venues, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel, Norway and Poland. As a licensed and practicing psychologist, he conducts psychodynamically oriented, integrative psychotherapy in Highland Park, NJ.

Catherine F. Eubanks

Catherine F. Eubanks
President-Elect Designate

more information to follow

Kenneth Critchfield

Kenneth Critchfield, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Combined-Integrated Program in Clinical and School Psychology, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University.

My SEPI-related research and clinical interests focus on the intersection of relational science, personality, and attachment-based perspectives on development, psychopathology, and change in psychotherapy. My emphasis is on cross-cutting principles that lead to change for specific individuals. For the past several years I have worked closely with Dr. Lorna Smith Benjamin to operationalize and test the efficacy and process of change in Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) as applied with severe and chronic psychiatric problems involving comorbid Axis II diagnoses. IRT is an integrative approach in the sense that it tailors treatment (both relationship and technique factors) based on a case formulation method that specifies treatment goals and optimal strategies for individual patients. IRT is thus both theoretically and technically integrative, providing a rational basis for choice of specific interventions from any school of therapy for use with particular patients in particular moments of therapy. I maintain a small private practice applying IRT to a wide range of clinical problems and consult on issues of methodology, design, and analysis, especially for projects involving interpersonal measurement (especially moment-by-moment interactional process using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior) of personality and psychopathology.

Steven A. Sobelman, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Loyola University (Maryland)
Baltimore, MD  21230

Dr. Steve Sobelman maintains a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Towson, Maryland. He founded and served as President and CEO of Psych Associates, which became the largest private mental health organization in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

He is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses as well as conducted psychotherapy research which resulted in books, book chapters, and professional articles. At Loyola, he served as Chair, Graduate Programs in Psychology for almost 2 decades and was responsible for major changes and growth in the graduate programs of study, to include the creation of the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Board of Examiners of Psychologists in Maryland and is currently the Chair of the Board. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology. Additionally, he served two 3-year terms as Treasurer of APA’s Division 29 (Psychotherapy) and also served as the President of Division 49 (Group Psychotherapy).

Dr. Sobelman was also the President of the Maryland Psychological Association and continues to be actively involved in local and national legislative activities as they relate to the practice of psychology. In 2005, he received an award for “Outstanding Contributions to Psychology” by the Maryland Psychological Association.

Tracey Martin
Administrative Officer

Tracey Martin has been in non-profit association management since 1978, and currently serves as SEPI’s Administrator. In that capacity, she coordinates the logistics of the Annual Conference, maintains membership rolls, responds to member inquiries, and works with the elected officers to ensure that the association operates smoothly.

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