The Lamplighter, the publication of the Bratenahl Community Foundation profiled CPC member and Bratenahl resident Ilga Svechs, Ph.D. The article was written by Kathy Jones and appears in the latest issue. (February 2017, pg. 9)
The article tells how Dr. Svechs came to America after World War II, as a child refugee, and relates her journey in 1949 with today’s refugees who are still fleeing war and seeking new lives in America. You can read the entire article by clicking on the link above.
The profile includes the progression of Dr. Svechs’ education and career and tells of her return trips to Latvia and other European countries for research and consulting. A specialist in the effects of childhood trauma on the adult psyche, Dr. Svechs was called upon to assist the Latvian government in reforming policies that governed children’s access to incarcerated parents.
Because of her background it is perhaps not surprising that Dr. Svechs is currently teaching a course on Cultural Psychoanalysis to the Candidate class. The twelve-week class prepares candidates to deal with cultural differences such as race, ethnicity and nationality, language, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. The class also explores how culture can have an effect on interactions in the therapeutic relationship, as in interpretation, transference and countertransference.