The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Alumni Profiles

Marcy Cole

​Marcy Cole is currently working as a psychotherapist with adults and couples in Marina Del Rey, Calif. She offers integrative services (psychotherapy, acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, etc.) with the mission of creating and sustaining mental and physical well-being. Dr. Cole also founded and spends half her time working as the executive director of First Tuesday USA, which is a national organization dedicated to creating a sense of community among women through social connectivity.

Thetis R. Cromie, Ph.D.

​Thetis Cromie is in private practice. Her office is located at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, where she sees children and adults in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has several control cases in psychoanalysis supervised by training analysts at the Chicago Institute. Dr. Cromie is also an ordained Lutheran minister and provides consultation to the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the areas of psychology and psychotherapy. She was recently employed as adjunct faculty at the Loyola University School of Social Work, which began in June 2007. She is also a Board Certified Diplomat in the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

Kenneth Cunningham, Ph.D.

​Kenneth Cunningham is in private practice with two psychiatric groups: APEX Behavioral Health in Brownstone, Mich., and Comprehensive Behavioral Health in Maumee, Ohio. He also sees patients in his home office in the Old West End of Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Cunningham is the former director of Lucas County Family Service, a consultant to the Ohio Board of Social Workers, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toledo School of Social Work and Owen’s Community College. He recently presented conferences for the Ohio chapter of NASW and the Michigan Conference on Autism, and he has an upcoming presentation at the International Conference on Hope and Resiliency. Dr. Cunningham is expecting his book, Cake and More Cake, A Diet of Hope, to be published in 2009.

Gail DeLyser, Ph.D.

​Gail DeLyser is in private practice in downtown Chicago and suburban Northfield, providing psychotherapy to individual adolescents, adults, and couples. In 2009, she began teaching as an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Roosevelt University, Chicago. ​In addition to her faculty duties at ICSW, Gail DeLyser serves as co-chair of the Professional Enrichment program, co-coordinator of the Clinical Practice Program, a member of the Marcia V. Adler Scholarship Committee, and a member of the Master’s Program Planning Team. Dr. DeLyser’s areas of clinical expertise include concerns and issues of young adult development, mid-life development, relationships, and women’s issues, and her theoretical orientation to practice is general psychodynamic with an emphasis on contemporary self-psychology and relational theories.

Amy Eldridge, Ph.D.

Amy Eldridge served as dean of ICSW from 1998 to 2012, and she currently is an instructor and a clinical and research consultant. As dean, she influenced the curriculum and the student learning experience, helping to bring ICSW to its current success. Dr. Eldridge enjoys working with ICSW’s extremely talented students and faculty, and she values what she, in turn, learns from teaching. She is interested in contemporary self psychology and relational psychoanalysis. In addition to her role at ICSW, Dr. Eldridge also maintains a psychotherapy and consultation practice where she specializes in the treatment of adults, couples, adolescents, and children.

Helene Ellis, Ph.D.

​Helene Ellis has a clinical practice in Wilmette, Ill., where she works with children, adults, and young elderly persons. She has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the M.S.W. program at Loyola University Chicago for the past fourteen years. Additionally at Loyola, Dr. Ellis also serves as a liaison to agencies and students who are doing social work internships, and she does group consultation and supervision with the post-graduate Family and Schools Partnership Program. In her spare time, she participates in the editing committees of The Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal and the School Social Work Journal.

Marjorie A. Frank, Ph.D.

​Marjorie Frank is semi-retired and currently works out of her home with young adults, couples, and parents. She is a member of the consulting team at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center and works in several preschools in the northern suburbs. Dr. Frank also teaches a seminar at the agency to social workers and educational therapists on Individual Treatment of Children.

Freda Baron Friedman, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

​Freda Baron Friedman works in Chicago’s Streeterville area and suburban Northfield, Ill., providing psychotherapy for adults, utilizing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Her specialities include psychotherapy for individuals and families dealing with borderline personality disorder and working with those who have experienced various forms of trauma, loss, and relationship difficulties. In addition to running several client and professional groups in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dr. Friedman has been a faculty member at ICSW since 2008 and a member of the Professional Enrichment Committee since 2001. She is also a clinical consultant and reviewer for Behavioral Technology, the international training program for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and presents workshops, training programs, and lectures on issues related to Borderline Personality Disorder.