Our Distinguished Doctoral Recipients


M. Cedar Barstow, Doctor of Psychosocial Intervention

Fellow, The Parkmore Institute Doctoral Project: “The Development and Implementation of the Concepts and Training Programs in Ethics and “Right Use of Power.” The ethics of power and all the questions surrounding its use and misuse are topics of unparalleled importance in the struggle for social and personal change towards freedom and justice in today’s world. Since 1988, Dr. Barstow has devoted her energies to the study of ethics and in 2003 she decided to use her additional skills as a Hakomi psychotherapist to develop a program called “Right Use of Power.” She has refined and implemented this program over the past twelve years, publishing three books that present her approach: The Right Use of Power Training Manual (2003); The Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics (2005/2015); and with her husband, Dr. Reynold Feldman, Living in the Power Zone (2013). This program offers detailed procedures and processes by which the ethical issues of power in personal relationships may be examined and reconsidered. Dr. Barstow has taught this approach in over a dozen countries, often combining it with her teaching in body psychotherapy. Additionally, she has held Adjunct Faculty appointments at institutions such as Naropa University and she is widely sought as a consultant on ethical issues and grievance processes, serving on the ethics committees of several professional organizations. For her doctoral project with the Parkmore Institute, Dr. Barstow submitted a detailed report of work she has accomplished with the “Right Use of Power” program. Dr. Barstow’s doctoral mentor was Professor Greg Johanson.

Robert Irwin Wolf, Doctor of Psychoanalytic Studies

Fellow, The Parkmore Institute Doctoral Project: “A Mind’s Eye View: Processing Psychoanalytic Treatment through Artwork.” Published in Psychoanalytic Review 104(2), 203‑229. In today’s world, ‘healing’ is all too frequently conceptualized reductively and behaviourally. It is considered in terms of symptom removal or increased adjustment to external conditions. Such conceptualizations produce clinical criteria such as adaptation and maturation, both of which suggest that healing must necessarily be assessed as a matter of the patient’s integration with his or her socio-political and cultural environment. The implication of these criteria easily bleeds into the tenet that healing entails certain sorts of ideological conformity to practices and structures that are external to the patient. In this context, the pioneering work of Dr. Wolf is greatly to be appreciated. In his doctoral project, he sets out to assess and process the course of psychoanalytic treatment not in terms of symptom remission or social conformity, but rather as the unleashing of the patient’s inner sources of creativity and self‑expression. This is not an entirely new idea and Dr. Wolf acknowledges the influence of Dr. Arthur Robbins’ important work on expressive therapy as well as Dr. Otto Kernberg’s earlier discussion of patients who need to be given avenues of nonverbal expression in the course of depth‑oriented treatments. However, to my knowledge, no one has tracked the psychoanalytic journey in terms of the patient’s unfolding creativity in the way that Dr. Wolf has achieved. This is a fascinating piece of work and a published paper that should be read by every psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. Dr. Wolf’s doctoral mentor was Professor Jerry Gargiulo. Dr. Wolf’s doctoral project and his biographical sketch may be downloaded via this link.

The Parkmore Institute has offices in South Africa (Johannesburg, Gauteng) and the USA (Wilmington, Delaware).  However, it is currently expanding and welcomes applications from prospective students, as well as potential Faculty and Fellows, from all parts of the world.