The Institute for Clinical Social Work


ICSW Graduate on NPR’s Voices in the Family


ICSW graduate Michael McNulty, PhD, LCSW, recently participated  in the NPR  program, “Voices in the Family.” Mike, certified by The Gottman Relationship Institute (TGRI), represented TGRI’s method of couple’s therapy in a discussion on the challenges of maintaining a healthy marriage.

Mike graduated from ICSW in 2000 and is currently in full time private practice in Evanston and Highland Park, IL. He is also affiliated with the NorthShore University Health System’s Department of Psychiatry, and is a top trainer for TGRI.

Mike maintains that the level of clinical training he received at The Institute for Clinical Social Work has helped position him and other graduates to be leaders in a variety of clinical settings.

New Faculty Publications: Sholom and DeLyser


ICSW Faculty member Allan Sholom recently saw his paper, “Managed Care’s Assault on Our Hearts and Minds,” published in the February 2013 issue of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

Gail DeLyser, Ph.D., LCSW, has published her article, “At Midlife: Intentionally Childfree Women and Their Experiences of Regret” in the Clinical Social Work Journal. The paper, based on qualitative research, is currently available on line at AAPCSW.  Dr. DeLyser is a graduate of ISCW.

Joseph Palombo: The Man of the Hour, The Man of the Year


The winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient also celebrated his 85th birthday with his ICSW family at ICSW's Spring Benefit on April 21st.

Joseph Palombo, the founding dean of The Institute for Clinical Social Work, is a licensed clinical social worker of national distinction. He received a master’s degree in philosophy from Yale University and a master’s degree in social work from the University Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Mr. Palombo specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.

In addition to his private practice, Mr. Palombo serves as a faculty member at ICSW and at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, which he directed for several years. He is a founding member of the Rush Neurobehavioral Center from which he received the Pearl H. Rieger Award for having made a significant contribution to the lives of children with neurobehavioral issues. Mr. Palombo was the co-chair of the committee on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Task Force of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM).

In addition to other honors and awards, he is the recipient of the Edna Reiss-Sophie Greenberg Davis Chair, Reiss-Davis Child Study Center,  Los Angeles in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of child and adolescent mental health. Mr. Palombo has contributed numerous articles to the literature and two books, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Clinical Perspective and Learning Disorders & Disorders of the Self in Children and Adolescents. More recently he co-authored the textbook, Guide to Psychoanalytic Developmental Theories, used widely in courses on development.

Elizabeth Jacob Scholarship Awarded


Mead Goedert, a Third-Year Doctoral student, is the current recipient of the Elizabeth Jacob Scholarship. The Scholarship was established at ICSW to honor its namesake, who was committed to finding and following a thoughtful approach to treating families challenged by poverty, immigration, and trauma.

Mead entered the field of social work driven by a strong passion to serve individuals and families plagued by urban poverty. He has spent the majority of his career working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in inner-city Detroit. In his work, he has gained an intimate understanding of how environmental stressors affect the lives of his clients. Feeling unable to practice psychodynamically within an agency setting, and feeling increasingly constrained by the managed-care system, Mead started his own private practice where he strives to offer quality psychodynamic psychotherapy to clients from a broad socioeconomic and cultural spectrum.

According to his faculty advisor, Jennifer Tolleson, PhD, “Mead has the capacity to weave complex theory with very complex clinical and social situations without losing his connection to the humanity of the people involved and the pain they endure….He is able to bridge psychoanalytic thinking with concerns for social justice.”

Case consultant Patricia Seghers, PhD, agrees that “Mead is an amazing person with the curiosity and desire to learn, as well as the ability to embody the essence of psychodynamic psychotherapy.” She adds, “He is a gentle soul….and his initial experience working with high-risk kids and their families grounded him in ways beyond words.”

Those who have worked and studied with Mead agree the he is talented, good humored, compassionate, and the ideal beneficiary of Elizabeth Jacob’s legacy.

Military/Veterans Specialization Seats Advisory Committee


An Advisory Committee for Military/Veteran’s Specialization has been created to guide the development of the M/V specialization; support students enrolled in the program, and identify additional ways to expand services to this population. The Committee will begin meeting this spring.  Jim Lampe, PhD, the new M/V Specialization Coordinator, will chair the Committee.  Committee members include:
Bob Adams, LCSW, clinical social worker/psychodynamic therapist, Vietnam combat veteran, and organizer and founder of a shelter program for homeless veterans in DuPage County, Illinois.

  • Amy Groessl, LCSW, onsite PhD student, child and adolescent therapist, has worked clinically with veterans, plus she brings expertise in helping children, adolescents and families, which constitute an important segment of the M/V population.
  • Mike Miller, LCSW, distance PhD student, who is enrolled in the M/V specialization, is on staff at the Southern Oregon Veteran’s Administration, and will co-teach a year-long course on war trauma beginning Fall 2013-2014.
  • Paul Roldan, President of the Hispanic Housing Development corporation in Chicago, Vietnam combat veteran, is an expert in program development with regard to Latino and other underserved communities, particular interest in developing services for veterans within their own communities.
  • LTC Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD, U.S. Army, clinical social worker currently stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA, with clinical and administrative responsibilities in the Amy’s behavioral health program. Prior to his clinical training, served as a tank commander.