In Memoriam

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“Lake Kent” on the grounds of the former home of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, Kent, CT, USA, where many members had life transforming experiences and wonderful times swimming in summer or skating in winter.

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Barton W. Knapp

Barton W. Knapp, PhD (1921-2007) was a retired clinical psychologist who practiced in Philadelphia and Devon, PA. He was a founding member of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association and, for a number of years, a member of the Professional Development Seminar in New York, NY and then in Kent, CT.

Born in Rochester, New York in 1921, Bart was an alumnus of the University of Rochester. He  received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Syracuse. During WWII he served with the 3rd Army in Europe. He was a past president of the American Psychological Association, Humanistic Division, and a Teaching Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association. He was a book review editor for years for ITAA. His biggest accomplishment was as founder and clinical director of the Laurel Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Here individual, family, and group psychotherapy were offered, as well as, residential treatment weekends, week-long residential summer workshops, massage workshops, and training groups for certification in Transactional Analysis.

Bart was married to Marye in 1981. From a previous marriage he had two children, a daughter, Katherine and a son, Bruce. A grandson, Pen, accompanied Bart and Marye to a ITAA conference in Calgary, Canada, and a trip to Moscow, Russia.

In 2006 he moved to Cape May, New Jersey where he spent the last year and a half happy and contented, exploring many new sites. Bart said he wanted to be active up until the end of his life and he was. He died peacefully in his sleep on November 2, 2007.

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Alexis Divincenti

Alexis Divincenti was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 6, 1948. In her early teens, Alexis and her brothers, Joseph and Gene began a journey with their mother across the country; they finally settled in Greenwich Village, New York City. In her early 20’s Alexis participated in the anti-war movement and was active in a broad range of political and social struggles of the day. She quickly gravitated to view the struggles against racial and sexual oppression, war, and worker exploitation as one struggle with many fronts. She devoted herself to such causes as opposition to the Vietnam war, the struggles against Apartheid in South Africa, and the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. She spent the bulk of her 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s engaged in and committed to her vision for a better life for all humanity.

In the 90s, Alexis joined summer workshops in Kent, CT. She was instrumental in founding the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association in 2001 and served as its Executive Director for its first four years. She oversaw conferences in New York (2003), and in Spain (2005). In her early fifties Alexis learned that she was diabetic. Though seriously challenged by her health, she continued working at the Writer’s Guild East and played a major role in the successful struggle of the staff of the WGAE to join the NY Newspaper Guild, Local 3. And she continued to work tirelessly in the formation and development of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association.

Alexis lived as a single woman, dedicating her life in the service of others. When a friend needed help, or a fellow worker needed advice, she was there with her generous, insightful, and caring responses. With her expansive intelligence and wise common sense, she developed a worldview that impelled her to work for justice, equality, peace and well-being for every human being, and for the planet we inhabit. All of us will miss her love, her insightfulness, her wonderful laugh and the embrace of her magnanimous heart.

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Fred Clark

Fred Clark (1936-2009)
Fred Clark was a Founding Member of the IIPA, and long-time member of the Kent Professional Development Seminar. He was also active for many years in the International Transactional Analysis Association and the Eastern Regional Transactional Association. If you ever went to conferences of these organizations, Fred would often be the familiar face greeting you warmly at the door as he took charge of running registration and making sure the conference went smoothly.

Born in 1936, and raised in Baldwin, N.Y., Fred graduated from Oberlin College, received a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and was ordained in 1962 as a minister of the United Methodist Church. He served in various parishes in Connecticut for 22 years, where among other roles he was active in developing youth ministries. A reflection of his kind heart and social commitment, Fred also volunteered as a patient advocate with the Connecticut ombudsman program for the elderly.

Fred retired from the ministry to become a licensed psychotherapist. He did individual and group therapy, and became a Teaching Member of the I.T.A.A. He also wrote several articles that were published in the T.A. Journal.

Fred became known to many of us starting in the 1980’s through his participation in the Integrative Psychotherapy Institute in New York City and later in Kent. He was an original member of the Kent Professional Development seminar. We remember him for his warmth, wisdom, kindness, sense of humor and the indelible image of his coming to Kent one weekend and sharing a side of his life that we too often don’t get to see in our professional settings: he brought with him and played – joyfully – on his stand-up, washtub bass.

When Fred learned he had pancreatic cancer, he spent his last years finishing projects, focusing on family, and peacefully preparing himself for what comes next.

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Vincent Barone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a photo of Charles, please contact Wayne Carpenter at communications@integrativeassociation.com

Vincent Barone (1938–2006)
Father, grandfather, pilot, counselor, history connoisseur …
Vince was a gentle and strong man, bringing his wisdom to the many lives he touched. He was a proud grandfather, an authority on history, and had a pilot’s license.

Vince was the founder of Focus Psychological Associates in Media, PA. The center, which remains today, is an alcohol and drug treatment program, specializing in substance abuse treatment, mental health and substance abuse. Vince also worked with criminal justice clients and DUI/DWI offenders. He was a certified addiction counselor and educator and a member of the Association for Addiction Professionals.

As a founding member of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association, Vince was a member of the Professional Development Seminar in Kent, CT. His caring presence, his sense of humor, along with his knowledge and humane treatment of people with addictions left a big void in the training group. His sudden death was a reminder of his preciousness and dearness to all in the group. His reported feelings of peace and harmony in the last year of his life helped in grieving the loss of Vince.

As a tribute to Vince, part of a verse written by a colleague follows and speaks to Vince’s character.

Vince: A Remembrance
Gentle strong balanced
A man of deep integrity
Ready to be of service
Loving and loveable
Laughing with sparkling eyes
Enduring hardships and persevering

Father to many
A true friend
Amongst us too briefly.
~Joan Adria D’Amico

 

 

A Memorial to Charles McFarren, a Founding Member of the IIPA
(from the introduction to the book, The Funky Missionary, a biography)

The introduction was written by Rebecca Trautmann, also a Founding Member of the IIPA.

In 1976 Richard Erskine and I founded the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in New York City to provide both psychotherapy services and training in an integrative approach to psychotherapy.  In addition to our center in New York and later also in Kent, Connecticut, we conducted workshops and training programs in many parts of the world where we met fascinating, dedicated healers from a wide variety of cultures and countless different family, professional and theoretical backgrounds.  The work was exciting, challenging, and always stimulating as we sought ways to help people become “whole.”  A crucial component of our thinking was the recognition that each person’s sense of self, however tentative or fractured, developed within the context of relationship; that we are by nature relationship-oriented and relationship-seeking.  The therapeutic relationship itself, therefore, is a vital element in the healing process and the reason for focusing on the development of the person of the therapist in our training programs.

Into this milieu came a man we only knew to be a retired missionary, now working in an alcohol treatment facility in New Jersey, who wanted personal and professional growth.  Being the child of missionary parents to India, I took a particular interest in this man, Charles McFarren.  As months turned into years, I had a growing appreciation for the depth and complexity of this quiet, unassuming, yet wise person.  I also came to understand that his process of integration (for himself as well as his clients) was not only about the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of self and self-in-relationship: Charles’ vision included sociological change–through education and self-empowerment.  Most importantly, perhaps, he saw all of this in the context of a person’s spiritual life and expression.

You, the reader, will get to see the development and actualization of these as you read Charles’ story.  Here you will meet a man who lives and works on the boundary.

Charles compares himself in this way to one of his seminary teachers, Paul Tillich, and to his mentor (and Tillich’s friend), Erik Erikson.  Paul Tillich was a German Lutheran philosopher and theologian who explored the boundary between Christianity and Marxism and between Christianity and psychoanalysis and existentialism.  Similarly, Erik Erikson, a psychoanalyst, explored the boundary between psychoanalysis and cultural anthropology, developing a psychosocial model of the development of self which was seen by some to be in contradiction to the then-established model developed by Sigmund Freud which was based solely on internal dynamics.

Charles has been on the boundary of many dimensions of his life.  In his spiritual and religious life he has been on the boundary between a Midwest American pietistic Protestantism and an ecumenical Christianity influenced by the educational theories of John Dewey.  Culturally, he has been on the boundary between a North American middle class culture and a Latin American revolutionary one.  Within that, he has been on the boundary between a Latin American Marxism and Neo-Liberalism, which he describes as “the demon of the radical Latin American Left.”  Personally, Charles has also lived on the boundary between the gay world and the straight world.  A widower with five children and eight grandchildren, he is an active participant in the gay community of Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he lives.

Through all of these, Charles maintains an attitude of love and hope, conveying his sense of God’s presence through each challenge, through his doubts and anxieties, and through the creative relationships he has developed with people on each side of these boundaries.  This is the essence of the life-long process of integration:  knowing and being fully in contact with our own self so that we may be fully in contact with others, in a way that supports and honors the fullness of their being.  This is what Charles has aspired to and so beautifully accomplished in many different ways, as you will see here in these pages.  It is an honor to be a friend and colleague of such a man!

Rebecca L. Trautmann

A video of a tree planting ceremony in memory of Charles, who lived his last years in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzl02jSYpHM