Introducing the New Local Chapters Committee Co-chairs

By Steven Kuchuck (USA) and Marianne Kennedy (Australia)

We are excited to begin our tenure as the new co-chairs of IARPP’s Local Chapters Committee (LCC). The LCC was started by the IARPP board in 2006, co-chaired by Chana Ullman from Israel and Neil Altman from the United States. The committee was formed to support IARPP members from outside the United States to establish smaller, face-to-face communities to supplement the larger group gatherings at conferences or in online discussions, and also in recognition of language and other cultural challenges that exist in any large, international organization. The chapters provide a range of activities including educational events with local and international speakers, study groups, peer supervision groups, websites, publications, and other activities that meet the particular interests and needs of their local communities. They are self-governing within guidelines established by IARPP, and receive consultation, seed money, and other support from the larger organization.

In just eight years, Chana and Neil helped to establish chapters in Australia, Chile, Greece, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom. We are honored to be following in their footsteps and most appreciative of their visionary work, ongoing commitment to the mission of the committee, and, most recently, their willingness and generosity in orienting us to our new roles.

We look forward to working with the following chapter chairs and their respective executive councils and memberships, and provide their contact information here in case any IARPP members want to be in touch with them:

Roberto D’Angelo
Email Roberto D’Angelo

Juan Francisco Jordán
Email Juan Francisco Jordán

Alexis Mordoh
Email Alexis Mordoh

Offer Maurer
Email Offer Maurer

Alejandra Plaza Espinosa
Email Alejandra Plaza Espinosa
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New Zealand
Andrew Duncan (Chair)
Minh Truong-George  (Secretary)
Email Andrew Duncan or MinghTruong-George

Frederico Pereira
Email Frederico Pereira

Alejandro Ávila Espada
Email Alejandro Ávila Espada
website: IARPP España

United Kingdom
Aaron Balick
Email Aaron Balick

In the coming weeks and months, we will be contacting all chapter leaders to introduce ourselves and see how we might assist in continuing Chana and Neil’s efforts to support and grow their chapters. We will also be thinking about parts of the world that might be interested in and benefit from forming their own local chapters of IARPP.

We welcome your ideas about how to help develop and maintain our vibrant international IARPP community, and invite you to be in touch about this or any related matters. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce ourselves in these new roles, and we look forward to working with many of you on behalf of the organization.

kuchuckphoto0715wSteven Kuchuck, LCSW, LCC Co-chair and IARPP Board Liaison
222 West 14th Street, Suite 5M
New York, NY 10011
Email Steven Kuchuck
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Marianne Kennedy

Marianne Kennedy, MA, LCC Co-chair
Registered Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Level 1, 215 Darling St
Balmain, NSW 2041 Australia
Email Marianne Kennedy