Support ICP’s Covid-19 Fundraising Drive!

Dear ICP Friends and Family:

This is another crisis in the world’s and ICP’s history. Many of us remember that in response to AIDS, among other initiatives, we began groups for HIV patients in 1982.  After September 11th we organized extensive trauma counseling.  And our first responses to Covid-19, again demonstrate our community’s desire to prevail over challenges.     

As you know, starting March 9th all ICP systems began to go remote. The entire Institute pulled together for this. As a result, we‘ve been there for our patients and therapists, which is something to be proud of.  

Along the way, there have been staggering financial consequences that cut close to the heart of ICP’s mission.  Treatment fees have decreased by 25% since the crisis began. This is not surprising, the poor are disproportionately impacted in terms of mortality rates and financial vulnerability. To support ICP’s patients we made the decision to lower patients’ fees  by almost 50% on average, for those who’ve lost their jobs – 90 cases so far.We are reducing future intake and treatment fees as we can for patients in financial distress. The scope of this response is unprecedented in ICP’s long history.  

Early on, we canceled in person spring – summer workshops and open houses for candidate recruiting. While we have moved all events online, no one has any idea what the impact will be on our training programs or financially.

These steps were necessary and express ICP’s historical values. 

The devastating economic impact of Covid-19 does require further action.  We’ve applied for relief to private foundations, the Cares Act and the Payroll Protection Program.  As you’ve no doubt read, foundations are overwhelmed and the federal programs are unconscionably bureaucratic and political, especially for small organizations. We cannot count on ICP receiving any assistance. 

So we must take decisive action now to support  ICP’s patients, our administrative and clinical staffs, as well as to support further crisis interventions.    

While Covid-19 has shaken all of us – our families, our friends, our patients and our practices – we ask that you step up to meet this challenge as generously as you possibly can.  

There are many ways, both direct and indirect, to help the ICP community get through this terrible time. 

Here are some options:

  • You can make monetary contributions – both large and small are clearly needed
  • You can decide to forgive your teaching and/or supervisory fees – until we can reevaluate ICP’s position in the coming months
  • You can choose to treat your ICP patients pro-bono for a period of time at your discretionor forgive compensation from the past.
  • You can connect us with a family, corporate or philanthropic foundation you know is funding relief efforts.  Our templates for applying are in place so we will take it from there.
  • You can reach out to your friends and family and ask them to contribute in whatever amounts they are able to (a ‘script’ to work from will be provided)

You can also sign up for Amazon Smile by going to smile.amazon.com. Indicate the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy as your organization of choice. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to ICP each time you shop with no cost involved.

Our community needs everyone to help us move beyond Covid-19. 

Here’s how to easily make your donation:

  • Please use the form to the right to make a monetary donation or a donation of service 
  • Send check to ICP at 33 West 60th St, 4th floor, NY NY 10023 –we are receiving mail
  • Send an email to icpinfo@icpnyc.org and let us know the service(s) you would like to donate.

Thank you, we will see this through together!

Ron Taffel, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Directors, ICP

Andrea Green-Lewis, LCSW-R
Director of Operations, ICP