Powers Principal Peggy Tighe discussed how the psychoanalytic community can advocate for federal and state policy regarding school and community violence during the American Psychoanalytic Associations’ annual meeting last month in Chicago.
The session, titled “APsaA on Capitol Hill: Long Term Trauma Caused by School and Community Violence,” addressed the long term traumatic impact of school shootings and violence on children and families.
In addition to Peggy, the panel included Katherine Smaller, a therapist and survivor of an elementary school shooting, described a personal and psychoanalytic perspective on long term impact of trauma. Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D., immediate past president of APsaA, moderated the session.
The session was one of more than 50 clinical and research sessions for mental health professionals, educators, researchers and students who are involved with psychoanalysis. The APsaA Annual Meeting focuses on recent developments in research, theory, technique, and legislative developments.
Peggy works closely with both the Healthcare and the Government Relations and Public Policy teams at Powers. She teams with health systems, patient groups, and provider organizations to develop persuasive policy arguments and strategies to influence Congress and relevant agencies, creating change to protect and support providers and the patients they serve.
She focuses her practice on lobbying, coalition building, crafting and implementing grass roots campaigns, and coordinating media relations. She has experience strategizing and implementing federal grassroots activities, including grasstops (high-level grassroots), coalition building, letter writing, and database building.