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Carolyn Lewis Attneave
In Memoriam of SIP Founder (1920 - 1992) 

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Carolyn Attneave was undoubtedly the most well-known psychologist of American Indian background and was internationally renowned for her expertise in cross-cultural topics in counseling and psychotherapy and for her pioneering work to extend family therapy to include the social network of the identified client. Family Networks: Retribalization and Healing (1973, coauthored with Ross Speck) is considered the most comprehensive and significant presentation of social network therapy for families. The text has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, and German. In 1976, Carolyn served on the Special Panel on Access and Barriers to Mental Health Services and the Special Panel on American Indian Mental Health for the President's Commission on Mental Health. Additionally, she was invited to the White House Conference on Families during Presidents Jimmy Carter's and Ronald Reagan's administrations. Carolyn participated in other important conferences that significantly altered and strengthened graduate training programs in psychology.