Therapists for Peace and Justice
is a group of psychotherapists
who began meeting monthly
Our initial meeting was prompted by an individual and collective response to war, terrorism and our own personal commitment to peace and social justice issues and how we might respond to these issues as individuals, therapists and supervisors.
These discussions led to activism, in and out of the therapy room.
TPJ is best known for sounding the alarm to the psychotherapeutic community about how the USA PATRIOT Act not only curtails our civil rights but also destroys therapist/client confidentiality in the name of national security.
TPJ was started by a group of 5 therapists, including Kathy Anolick. We are now a core group of about 12 therapists with a contact list of approximately 150 affiliated members in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a network of therapists who share mutual concerns about social justice issues, we are especially concerned about the culture of war and repression in this country. TPJ meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month, alternating between the East Bay and San Francisco.
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In late February, 2010, Congress reauthorized three controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT act, one of which has been a key project of TPJ: Section 215. This act potentially could impact people who attend psychotherapy.
One of the gifts of late TPJ core group member Kathy Anolick to the psychotherapy profession was her dedication to informing others about the clinical implications of the USA PATRIOT Act. She spoke about this issue in professional meetings and wrote articles as well, giving voice to our concerns, clarifying the issues we've had with this unpatriotic law since its inception. Kathy's last article was published by The Psychotherapy Institute in its July/August, 2008, Viewpoint newsletter. You can download the pdf of Kathy's essay "USA PATRIOT Act - Impact on Psychotherapy" from our Articles page.
The news does not rest, however. When Kathy became ill, other members wrote updated articles. We have also informed legislators. In June, 2009, two TPJ members discussed our concerns about the mental health aspects of health care issues, including the USAPA, with an aide to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and in early October, 2009, three of us met with an aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to do the same.
On Oct. 6, 2009, we took a leap and went public in a bigger way. An article that draws a parallel between the illegal 1971 break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist and the legal possibility today of government intrusion into psycho-therapist process notes was published on OpEdNews.com, a progressive media website.
You can read this article by clicking the headline above or you can download a pdf file from our Articles page.