White Society Mission Statement

Purposes of the Society

The White Society is an organization of graduates from Division I of the William Alanson White Institute.  It is an autonomous entity that shares a complex relationship with the White Institute. The Society exists to benefit Society members professionally within the Society and in the community at large.  Its primary purpose is to promote continued education and professional development of its members.  An additional purpose is to support the White Institute, contributing to its continued evolution and development in ways that are consistent with the values of our Society.



In the spirit of the founders of the White Institute but also in line with evolving interpersonal psychoanalysis, White Society functions are guided by the following values:



  • shared authority,
  • transparency – openness of communications,
  • mutual respect for autonomy of self and other,
  • co-participatory nature of analytic, educative, and clinical processes,
  • dialogic communication serving the greater good of self and other  (derived from definitions of rationality developed by Erich Fromm), and
  • human potentiality and needs interacting productively with society, culture, and civilization (ideas developed by Harry Stack Sullivan and further evolved by White Institute psychoanalytic scholars).


  • It is assumed that by promoting an environment of respectful and open exchange of ideas, the Society can make a valuable contribution to the operations of the Institute.



White Society Members