As we gratefully continue our 12th year at The Ferentz Institute, I dedicate this semester of creative learning and personal and professional growth to the memory of my wonderful father, Burt Ettinger, who very recently passed away.
My father was an incredibly loving, compassionate, and caring man. He was a pharmacist in our family’s drug store for 60 years and was dedicated to helping and healing his community. He was a brilliant photographer and took amazing pictures because he looked at nature, the world, and his family through a loving lens. And my father was a life-long learner. His thirst for knowledge never decreased, and he embraced new challenges, adventures, and ideas with a sense of excitement, enthusiasm, and wonder.
I was blessed to have my parents’ ever-present love, support, and encouragement. It allowed me to take healthy risks and follow many different dreams with confidence and optimism. One of those dreams was the creation of The Institute and I am so grateful to all of you- your loyalty, support, and positive feedback are the reasons why we continue to grow and to thrive!
My Dad taught me the importance of making a difference in the world, and as mental health providers, you all do that every day. As you dedicate yourselves to expanding your professional horizons, inspire others with your kindness and compassion, and access the most creative parts of who you are, know that you are also honoring the memory of a very special and beloved man.
Lastly, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary outpouring of love and support that I continue to receive from cherished colleagues and the mental health community. It is humbling and it is healing.