The Home for Little Wanderers & J.W. Freiberg present
Loneliness & the Power of Permanency


J.W. Freiberg Ph.D., J.D., was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University before attending Harvard Law School. His subsequent legal practice was at the crossroads of law and psychiatry: for more than a quarter century he served as General Counsel to The Home for Little Wanderers, The Italian Home for Children, Child and Family Services, Steven’s Children’s Home, numerous adoption agencies, and scores of private practices of psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers.

Amy Banks M.D. is the Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Center for Relational Cultural Growth and a Senior Scholar at The Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. She is the author (with Leigh Ann Hirshman) of Wired to Connect: The Surprising Link Between Brain Science and Healthy Relationships published in 2016 by Penguin/Tarcher in Feb. 2015. Dr. Banks is the first person to bring Relational-Cultural Theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. She has spoken throughout the country on “The Neurobiology of Relationship” and has an ongoing passion to spread the message that we are hardwired for connection.​

Jacqueline Olds M.D. and Richard Schwartz M.D. are both psychiatrists and psychoanalysts who are married to each other and have collaborated over many years. Both are Associate Clinical Professors of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and are actively involved in the training and mentoring of psychiatry residents and medical students in the Massachusetts General Hospital-McLean Hospital Combined Residency Program (both in Adult Psychiatry and Dr. Olds in Child Psychiatry). Both psychiatrists are on the Faculties of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and the Psychoanalytic Family and Couples Institute of New England. Both serve on the Editorial Board of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and each spent many years as Editors of the “Clinical Challenges” section. This collaborative work has led to numerous publications in professional journals as well as three books for general audiences; Overcoming Loneliness in Everyday Life (Birch Lane Press, 1996), Marriage in Motion: The Natural Ebb and Flow of Lasting Relationships (Perseus Books, 2000), and most recently The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the 21st Century (Beacon Press, 2009).

Lesli Suggs, LICSW is the President and CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers. Ms. Suggs is the driving force behind The Home’s Permanency Initiative, whose motto is “Stay Home, Go Home, Or Find Home.” Permanency is the concept of continuous family commitment, both emotional and legal, for youth in the child welfare system. The Permanency Initiative is designed to reduce the number of young people who age out of the child welfare system without permanent connections. Ms. Suggs has extensive experience in child welfare and behavioral health, focused on residential and special education; adoption and foster care; community mental health; sexual abuse; and trauma; as well as issues that impact children such as income inequality, poverty, and community violence.

Special Guests Former Gov. Deval Patrick & Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D.


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