The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Alumni Association

Arlene Alpert

Arlene left her hometown, Boston, to come to Chicago to attend SSA and got her MA in 1974..She served for many years on the Continuing Education subcommittee of the SSA Alumni Affairs Committee. Arlene was employed for 32 years at the Jewish Family and Community Services of Chicago before she retired in 2006. Areas of interest included work with the elderly and individuals, and she has presented twice at conferences of ASA. Her motto is “Once a social worker, always a social worker!” and she stays in the field by attending as many continuing educational programs as possible. She has served on the ICSW Board of Trustees for 8 years and is a member of its Continuing Educating Committee. In addition, she participates in NASW’s Retired Social Workers’ Group. She uses time to attend noncredit classes in literature and the humanities, is a member of two book clubs, enjoys vegetarian cooking,  and travel and theater with her husband.


Barbara Berger

Barbara Berger maintains a full-time practice in addition to being active in the ICSW and social work communities. At ICSW, she has been on dissertation committees and currently serves as vice chair of advancement on the Board of Trustees. In the social work community, she is active on the Consortium Board and in the AAPSCW, where she is on the executive committee and the National Board, and she serves as a liaison to the ACPE Board. Dr. Berger’s areas of clinical expertise are adults and couples, and she is interested in doing more publishing and presenting.


Leah Harp

Leah Harp, LCSW, Ph.D., is an alumni, board member, and co-chair of the Alumni relations Committee.  She co-founded City Elementary (www.cityelementary.com)


To reach the Alumni Association, please email alumni@icsw.edu