Ed Carignan describes himself as a happily married father of two and grandfather of four. At 71-years-old, a colleague recently said of him, ‘Ed’s happier than any man has a right to be.’
Ed’s life took several turns before landing in his current place as a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist in independent practice. After learning that the seminary was not a good choice for him, he joined the Air Force, where he found a home for 24 years. He did not make a home alone, as he married Louise in 1968, had a daughter who is now a Registered Nurse in an emergency department, and a son who is a police Sergeant in a northern New England city.
Retirement from the Air Force in 1984 led to clinical work at the NH State Prison with young inmates who had children; then more work with children, this time with those who were involuntarily hospitalized at the NH State Hospital; and finally, independent practice with children and adolescents. He proudly claims that several of his referrals come from current kid-patients.
While in the Air Force, Ed attained his BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice, then his MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. His doctoral work at Antioch University New England included an internship at the Community Mental Center in Topeka, working with families, some of whom had young people who were incarcerated in the Juvenile Detention Center.
A self-described APA Convention junkie, Ed’s claim to fame is having had a Corona with Salvador Minuchin, while getting chewed out by that master for not working hard enough to alleviate the pain that modern families were subjected to.