Celia Brickman

psychotherapist in Chicago, Illinois

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Celia Brickman is an author, educator, and psychotherapist based in Chicago. She currently works as the Director of Education at The Center for Religion & Psychotherapy of Chicago. Since taking this position in 2006, she has directed the education program for post-Master’s-level psychotherapists and counselors with a desire to enrich their knowledge of modern psychoanalysis and spirituality in a clinical setting.

Celia Brickman fulfills many roles as Director of Education: developing intellectually challenging programs of study according to state licensure requirements, teaching courses on psychoanalysis and religion, arranging field placements, and maintaining relationships with other institutions. She lectures widely, speaking on psychoanalysis at conferences nationally.

Additionally, she has served on numerous dissertation committees in the U.S. and abroad. Celia Brickman holds high esteem in the field of psychoanalysis for her work on the intersection of psychoanalysis, race, and religion. Her book, Aboriginal Populations in the Mind: Race and Primitivity in Psychoanalysis, published by Columbia University Press in 1991, was nominated for the Gradiva Award for Historical, Cultural and Literary Analysis by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 2004. Celia Brickman has also written numerous articles of significance, including “Psychoanalysis and Judaism in Context,” “The Persistence of the Past: Framing Symbolic Loss and Religious Studies in the Context of Race,” “Psychoanalysis and Race Redux,” “Primitivity, Race, and Religion in Psychoanalysis,” and “Self and Other in the Self-Psychological Approach to Religion.”

Since 1991, Celia Brickman has taught a course in reading French for graduate students from the University of Chicago and other Chicagoland schools through the Hyde Park Language Program. She will soon release A Short Course in Reading French, a book for teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds to read French at the graduate level. In addition to her work with the Hyde Park Language Program, Celia Brickman conducts pro bono work for the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture.

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    • University of Chicago