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Laufer, E. Simon, A.R. (2010). The California Neuropsychoanalysis Research Group. Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(2):233-234.

(2010). Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(2):233-234

The California Neuropsychoanalysis Research Group

Edith Laufer and Ann Rose Simon

The California Neuropsychoanalysis Research Group (CNRG), located in Berkeley, California, has grown out of a study group and clinical work with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The membership of the group consists of Thomasine McFarlin, MSW, L.C.S.W.; Joy Ragon, M.A., J.D., R.N.; Nancy Ulmer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., and Enid Young, Ph.D. The CNRG has spent the past three years focused on the relevance of developing theory of mind through psychoanalytic treatment in the rehabilitation of TBI. We are in the process of forming a nonprofit organization in order to further expand our research.

The mission of the California Neuropsychoanalysis Research Group is to incorporate a psychoanalytic model into the treatment of TBI and to research the coincidence of TBI and PTSD. We are committed to establishing a setting in which individual treatment, education, and research into the outcome of a long-term analytic treatment for TBI can take place. Our purpose is to reach those who suffer traumatic brain injury and often “fall through the cracks” of institutional treatment and to provide a long-term psychodynamic treatment that will help create the capacity for TBI patients to reconstruct their lives. We are dedicated to creating a new perception of the TBI patient and to add to research into the dynamics and treatment of traumatic brain injury, with particular emphasis on TBI in active combat veterans, and the posttraumatic stress injury that often accompanies TBI.

In the first phase of our research, we wrote a paper entitled “Is Long-Term Psychoanalytic Treatment Effective for Self-Identity Issues in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: Contributions of Neuropsychoanalysis to Care after TBI.

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