Applications of Psychodynamic Principles in Diverse Settings: An Interview with Drs. Jeff Foote and Michael Groat



During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Dr. Jeff Foote, co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), and Dr. Michael Groat, president and CEO of CooperRiis, spoke with us about the ways in which psychodynamic principles can be used in different types of treatment settings among other topics. 

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About Dr. Foote

Jeff Foote, PhD, is co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) in Manhattan, as well as CMC: Berkshires. Dr. Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist who has received federal grant funding for his work on motivational treatment approaches and substance abuse treatment research, focused on the implementation of evidence-based treatments. Dr. Foote was also the psychologist for the NY Mets for 11 years, and continues in sports psychology as an independent performance consultant to professional athletes. Before co-founding CMC in 2003, Dr. Foote was the deputy director of the Division of Alcohol Treatment and Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, as well as senior research associate at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) in NYC. Dr. Foote also served as chief of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center, as well as director of evaluation and research between 1994 and 2001.

About Dr. Groat

Michael Groat, PhD, MS, is president and CEO of CooperRiis in North Carolina. His commitment to community life began in college when he became a resident assistant and was twice elected by his peers as student body president. He went on to earn a master’s degree in student affairs administration, landing his first job at Carnegie Mellon University as a student life coordinator. He then pursued a PhD in counseling psychology. After completion of his doctoral training, Dr. Groat pursued a four-year postdoctoral Fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center. Later, as director of adult services at Menninger in Houston, Texas, Dr. Groat oversaw the care of patients on two units: one for individuals struggling with chronic severe mental illness—the HOPE unit, and the other—Professionals in Crisis—a unit for high achieving individuals facing acute and significant mental health challenges. Dr. Groat is trained in intensive psychotherapy, including psychoanalysis, as well as CBT, mentalizing-based approaches, motivational interviewing, and systemic approaches.

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