Changing Our Consciousness, Inc.

Imagining the Emotional Experience of the Other

Changing Our Consciousness, Inc.

Imagining the Emotional Experience of the Other


Changing Our Consciousness is the vision of Alice Lombardo Maher, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. Dr. Maher believes that the same dynamics that underlie psychoanalytic theory and methodology are at work within the greater society, but popular culture tends to dismiss them or use them as weapons to marginalize, trivialize, or ridicule the humanity of others. She believes that the ability to understand the emotional experience of the other and communicate across divides is a complex and difficult process, one that involves a language yet to be discovered. Dr. Maher founded COC and its educational arm, Emotional Imprintâ„¢, to develop the tools to confront that problem in a unique and effective way. Her goal is no less than a change in our consciousness.
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Bernice Arricale is a special education teacher and literacy specialist whose work with primary-age children and their teachers keeps redefining notions of what it means to be a "special needs" learner. Says Alice Maher, "Bernice has been my 'muse' for the past half century, and everything I've ever done has been filtered through the mirror of her discerning eyes. I know what I look like in large part because of the way she's reflected me back to myself. This project wouldn't exist if not for her."

Melissa R. Brand, Psy.D. has worked for 18 years in education. She began her career working with children with autism in the public schools. Later, she pursued her doctorate in school psychology with the goal of having a greater, systems level impact on children. Dr. Brand has developed and implemented interactive prevention, social skills, and advisory curricula for schools across the country. Through her work in prevention, she has trained hundreds of faculty members to teach children to effectively articulate their emotions, improve communication, develop self-esteem, cooperate, problem-solve, engage in dialogue, stay healthy, avoid alcohol tobacco and other drugs, self-advocate, prepare for college, and lead with the goal of improving their selves, their schools and their society. Currently, Dr. Brand is a licensed psychologist and consultant in private practice in Philadelphia. She holds a doctorate in school psychology from The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing from Bard College and Post-Baccalaureate in Special Education from Kean University, She is New Jersey Certified in School Psychology, Special Education and Elementary Education.
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Matt Bogaty has been working with Dr. Alice L. Maher for 4 years, helping to craft her message and expand its reach. In addition to managing Dr. Maher’s social media campaign, he is responsible for creating the E-Book for the Emotional Imprint Hunter College High School essay project. Matt is also an independent screenwriter.
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Advisory Board

Marshall W. Alcorn Jr., Professor, English, George Washington University; author of books and articles; recipientof Ross Winterowd Award; faculty, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

Mark Bracher, Professor, English, Director, Center for Literature and Psychoanalysis, Kent State University; author of numerous books, including The Writing Cure and Social Symptoms of Identity Needs

Alice Flaherty, M.D., Ph.D., Dir., Movement Disorders Fellowship, Mass. General Hospital; , Asst. Professor, Dept.of Neurology, Harvard Medical School;, Consultant, McLean Hospital; Author, The Midnight Disease

Jay R. Greenberg, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute

Joanne Greenberg, Author, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Brian Koehler, Ph.D., President, ISPS-US--International Society for the Study of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses

Peter J. Loewenberg , Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst and Dean Emeritus of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; Chair, IPA China Committee; Editor, IPA Centenary History Volume (1910-2010); Professor of History and Political Psychology, UCLA.

Afaf M. Mahfouz, Ph.D., Chair, Committee on the United Nations, International Psychoanalytical Association; Chair, Discussion Group on Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Prejudice, American Psychoanalytic Association; Co-editor, The Future of Prejudice: Psychoanalysis and the Prevention of Prejudice

Kevin Carson Moore, Psy.D., Director of Integrative Medicine, AIDS Care Group

Lois Oppenheim, Ph.D. , Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University; New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Executive Board, The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination

Elyn Saks, Ph.D., Law Professor, USC Gould School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Univ. of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; Author, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Mark Solms, Ph.D., Director, Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuro-Psychoanalysis, New York Psychoanalytic Institute; Professor of Neuro-psychology, University of Cape Town; Director, International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Centre, London

Stephen Sonnenberg, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute; Supervising Analyst, National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis of National Institute for the Psychotherapies; co-author, “Psychodynamic Psychotherapy;”
journal editor

Carlo Strenger, Ph.D, Faculty member, Tel Aviv University; member, Institute of Existential Psychoanalysis, Zurich; Member, Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists; Op-ed contributor, Ha'aretz and The Guardian

Pamela K. Taylor, Writer; Co-Founder, Muslims for Progressive Values

Vamik D. Volkan, M.D., DLFAPA, FACPsa, President, American College of Psychoanalysts; Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Virginia; Senior Erik Erikson Scholar, Erikson Institute for Education and Reasearch of the Austen Riggs Center; Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, DC.

Heward Wilkinson B.A., M.A., M.Sc., UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist; Philosopher; Hon. Fellow, UKCP; Author, “The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy”; Senior Editor, International Journal of Psychotherapy from 1994-2004; Chair, Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Section, UKCP.