Whether in a clinical or administrative role, she channels her passion.
“I came to Erikson on my instinct. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
A desire to understand how children develop brought Ruchira Gulati Hantman from India to the United States—and Erikson Institute helped her discover that knowledge.
“I was especially interested in the early years, when communications are not yet verbal and children are mostly formed in relation to their primary caregivers,” she says. “I wanted to understand how it all starts so I could effectively help children and families move through a process of change for the better.”
Erikson’s focus on development, relation-based work, and reflective supervision prepared Hantman for a career working with families. Until 2014, she served as a program supervisor for the Early Childhood Project at Erikson, a partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, overseeing developmental screeners and coordinators while offering clinical supervision and consultations on cases in the child welfare system. Today, she is a staff clinician for Erikson’s Center for Children and Families and provides therapy to families and children up to age 8.
“It’s very humbling and rewarding to be invited into vulnerable parts of people’s lives and help them in their growth and overcoming human struggles,” Hantman says. “I’ve also enjoyed being an administrator contributing to an early childhood program using best practices I learned at Erikson.”