Dr. James Sacksteder to deliver commencement address at School for Social Work
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Local psychiatrist James L. Sacksteder, an authority on anorexia nervosa and a former lecturer at Smith College, will deliver the commencement address at the Smith College School for Social Work at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.
Sacksteder will address the Class of 2007 at the Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility on West Street. That afternoon, 120 women and men will receive master’s degrees and another six, doctoral degrees, in social work. The event is free and open to the public.
For more than three decades Sacksteder has distinguished himself at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass, where he is currently the associate medical director and director of patient care. The center is internationally known for its respectful work with patients whose serious emotional disturbances have not responded to treatment efforts.
A co-editor of the book “Attachment in the Therapeutic Process,” Sacksteder has also written more than 20 articles and book chapters on the treatment of anorexia nervosa, long-term psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy of severely disturbed patients, narcissism, object relations theory, and ego psychology.
After earning his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1966, Sacksteder received his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in 1970 and fulfilled his psychiatric residency at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
In addition to his work with patients, Sacksteder has taught classes at the Smith College School for Social Work and at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
“Now that he has retired from teaching, he will be missed dearly,” said Carolyn Jacobs, dean of the School for Social Work. “Yet his wisdom resides soundly in the minds and souls of our graduates whose practices are guided by his deep respect for human resilience and hopefulness for change.”
For more than 85 years, the Smith College School for Social Work has provided graduate social work education to men and women around the world. The internationally recognized program maintains a nationwide internship network that complements a rich curriculum.
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