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Getting to Know You: Barbara Davis, MSW

Barbara Davis, MSW is a CPPNJ candidate in the second half of the program. She is currently Secretary of the Candidateís Organization, which supports and represents the professional needs of candidates within the Center.

Where do you practice?
I have a private practice in South Orange, the same town where I live. In addition to my practice, I am a member of the Schools Committee of the South Orange Maplewood Csommunity Coalition on Race; I volunteer at my sonís school and recently became a triathlete. Some semesters, I teach part time at the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University.

What populations do you work with?
I work with adults, young adults and adolescents. I feel comfortable working with people with a range of presenting problems, diagnoses and developmental issues. Prior to opening my practice I ran a residential substance abuse treatment program for women. I continue to work with people with substance use disorders as well as mood disorders, anxiety and trauma. I also enjoy working with new social workers either in their own treatment or in LCSW supervision. I continue to do some consulting work in the addictions treatment field.

How did you decide to become a candidate at CPPNJ?
Ever since graduate school I knew that I wanted (and needed) post graduate training. I just wasnít sure what kind of training I should get. And, like many social workers, I had heard some negative things about psychoanalysis. However, I knew (or knew of) three people all from the same analytic institute (then IPPNJ) who impressed me a lot. And, none of them seemed at all like the stereotype I had been taught about analysts. These three people were all smart, warm and generous. The discrepancy between what I had been told, and what I experienced raised my curiosity about psychoanalysis. When I learned my analyst was on the faculty, the choice was made.

What do you find valuable about CPPNJ?
The people! I find the community of analysts and candidates an invaluable support both personally and professionally. I also really enjoy the analytic framework as a way of thinking about and working with people.