CFS Values

Jannell Turner, Pine Forest, 2014
Jannell Turner, Pine Forest, 2014

The Contemporary Freudian Society aspires to uphold the highest ethical and professional standards. As psychoanalysts, we pledge to sustain these values, both in our practices and in all activities related to the functioning of the Society and Institute.

Our guiding principles of confidentiality, protection of individual dignity, respectful open dialogue, and provision of the highest level of care, govern every relationship within our organization.These values inform the therapist / patient pair, the candidate / supervisor pair, peer relationships among members, and all group interactions.

CFS members and candidates are annually required to attest to the principles and guidelines contained in the Contemporary Freudian Society’s Ethical Guidelines. The CFS has also established guidelines and procedures for investigating complaints of unethical conduct. The Ethics Committees in both NY and DC provide consultation, assistance, and education related to ethical concerns.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Jo Lang, PhD, Chair, NY Ethics Committee ( or Nancy Griscom, LCSW, Chair, DC Ethics Committee (

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