Professional Accomplishments

GKCPI faculty, graduates, Candidates, and GKCTPC members continue to make public presentations that advance psychoanalytic ideas and bring favorable notice to the Center and Institute.

Christine Rio Bistis-Nadala, MD, PhD, MPM


Dr. Nadala volunteered to share her experience as an Academic Candidate of the GKCPI for APsaA’s 111th Annual Meeting on June 2, 2022, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Candidates' Forum. For this forum Candidates chose a chapter from the book written by Fred Busch, PhD, with the same title, Dear Candidate: Analysts from Around the World Offer Personal Reflections on Psychoanalytic Training, Education, and the Profession.  


Earl Bland, Psy.D.


In Christianity and Psychoanalysis: A New Conversation, Dr. Bland presents a fresh integration of Christian thought and psychoanalytic theory.  Aided by the turn to relationality in theology, as well as by a noncompetitive conception of God’s transcendence and agency, Dr. Bland and the contributors to this volume show the way in which processes identified by psychoanalysis need not compete with Christian theology but can instead be the very means by which God is involved in human existence.  In doing so, the authors demonstrate the ways in which Christian theology and psychoanalysis can move beyond a stance of mutual suspicion and they provide a path to a thoughtful and constructive interdisciplinary dialogue.


Anthony Bram, Ph.D.


Dr. Bram's book Psychological Testing that Matters: Creating a Roadmap for Effective Treatment explores the way in which psychological testing is most valuable when it makes a meaningful difference in a person's treatment. Dr. Bram offers a person- and treatment-centered approach to psychological testing, as opposed to the more common test-centered approach. The result is a clinically nuanced and robust approach to inference making and data synthesis.

The book's four sections parallel the flow of an examiner moving from overview to detail and back to synthesis: Part I describes treatment-centered diagnosis; Part II focuses on assessment of the patient's psychological capacities; Part III shows how to integrate the test information into a working understanding of the patient's problems; and Part IV explains how to consolidate test findings and communicate them clearly, using a detailed case example and sample report. Readers will find much to benefit from in this evidence-based book linking test results to meaningful individualized treatment.


Leonard Horwitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Horwitz' book on group psychotherapy has been published.  It is partly based on previously published articles that he made a serious effort to update.  In addition, he wrote a few brand new chapters for the sake of making it as complete and integrated a volume as possible.  His objective was to explain the pros and cons of using the group-as-a-whole in understanding and intervening in the group.  The objective, of course, is to better treat the individual patients.

The title of the book is "Listening with the Fourth Ear" and is published by Karnac.

Here is the link to the Amazon listing which shows the book cover.
Listening with the Fourth Ear: Unconscious Dynamics in Analytic Group Psychotherapy

If you wish to obtain a great deal more information: the preface, introduction, table of contents, and parts of chapters, you may do another click on the main book cover page: on the left hand side of the book cover page, in small print, underlined is: "search inside this book"  Click on this and you can see much more.

Irwin C Rosen, Ph.D

 The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association published the work of Dr. Rosen in its December 2013 edition titled "The Wish to be Hated: Richard III's Villainy in Pursuit of the Bad-Enough Object" 

Richard M. Zeitner, Ph.D.


Published Book: Self Within Marriage: The Foundation for Lasting Relationships, published by Routledge Press, June, 2012. Dr. Zeitner's work has been used as a text in the Couple Therapy Track of the International Psychotherapy Institute, as well as in the Doctoral Program in Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London, England.


Presentation to the Friends of Jung, Omaha, chapter, March 22, 2013: The Use of the Selfdyad in Treating the Couple Relationship.


Paper Presentation at the International Psychotherapy Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland, January 28, 2015: A Conceptual Framework for the use of Combined Psychodynamic Therapies.


Dr. Zeitner has written a chapter in the book Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy entitled "The selfdyad in the organization of the couple". The book was published in January 2014 by Karnac.



Bonnie Buchele, PhD



2016-2020       The Advisory Board for the International Association of Dynamic Psychotherapy


2016-2018       Co-Chair, Committee on Council, American Psychoanalytic Association.


August 2015   Board of Directors, American Board of Group Psychotherapy

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2014-Present   International Permanent Faculty Member-Leading Consultation Training Program.  University of Bath School of Management and International Forum for Social Innovation.


2014-Present   Elected Councilor to the Executive Council (Board of Directors) of the American Psychoanalytic Association.


2014-Present   Mentor, Women’s Special Interest Group, American Group Psychotherapy Association.




Commentary on “Toward Understanding and treating violence in America:  Some contributions from group dynamic and group therapy perspectives”.  In Violence in America: Group Therapists Reflect on Causes and Solutions.  Routledge, 2017. 


(with J. Scott Rutan, Ph.D.) “An Object Relations Theory Perspective”.  In International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Volume 67, 2017. 




“The Treatment of Trauma:  Its Effect on Patients and Clinicians.”  Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Herrick Campus, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Berkley, CA.  May 1, 2017.


“Trauma Group Treatment: Big “T” Trauma and Little “t” Trauma.”  American Group Psychotherapy Association 2016 Annual Meeting.  March 9, 2017.


Co-Chair of “Violence in America: Therapists Join the Dialogue and Search for Solutions."  American Group Psychotherapy Association 2016 Annual Meeting.  February 25, 2016.


Searching the Psyche through Cinema:  Kramer vs Kramer.  Presented by The Kansas City Public Library, Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center, and the UMKC Department of Communication Studies.  Kansas City, MO.  January 10, 2016. 



Martha Childers, L.P.C.

GKCTPC member Martha Childers, psychotherapist and owner of Childers Counseling Service, along with three others in the metro area, were awarded the national SCORE award.  Read more at: