The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Mission & Vision

The Institute for Clinical Social Work prepares scholars and practitioners to advance knowledge in the fields of clinical social work, counseling, and psychotherapy. We believe that a combination of theory, research, and clinical learning within a psychodynamic framework provides students with the experience to become leaders in clinical and academic environments.


Our Mission

ICSW develops scholar practitioners, advances knowledge, and deepens the quality of psychodynamic clinical practice.


Our Vision

To become a world-renowned Institute for developing new generations of scholar practitioners and a center for influencing research, social justice, and policy.


Our Purpose

To enrich lives in diverse communities.


Our Values

ICSW believes that everyone should have access to in-depth, high quality, psychotherapy. We believe that psychodynamically informed psychotherapy is invaluable in developing individual identities, deepening a sense of personal choice and efficacy, and helping individuals to live meaningful, vital lives. In keeping with the historical roots of our profession, we strive to develop graduates who recognize and celebrate diversity, who practice compassionately, and have the knowledge and skill to empower people individually and collectively to live meaningfully, treat others respectfully, and live decently.