The Institute for Clinical Social Work


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.

Dr. Jennifer Tolleson Named Director of Degree Programs


Jennifer Tolleson, Ph.D., has been appointed Director of Degree Programs at ICSW, beginning July 1, 2013. Dr. Tolleson is well-known and valued for her intellectual rigor, academic integrity, and dedication to ICSW, where she has been a faculty member for many years.

Jennifer also maintains a private practice, and her areas of clinical expertise are: psychoanalytic theory and practice; clinical process (T/CT); adolescents, adults, couples, and families; and immigrants who are at risk of deportation or are victims of political persecution. At ICSW, she is a clinical and theory instructor and consultant.

Dr. Tolleson is also deeply interested in the intersections of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, social theory, politics, and human rights, as well as clinical process research. In addition, Dr. Tolleson engages in Middle East (Palestine/Israel) peace work, is an asylum worker for Physicians for Human Rights, and provides pro bono clinical evaluations for victims of torture and political persecution.

In her new role, Dr. Tolleson will make a powerful contribution to advancing ICSW as the premiere institution for advanced study and training in psychodynamic clinical theory, practice, and research.

Dr. Jeffrey Yarvis Named Visiting Professor for 2013–14


Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Yarvis, Ph.D., recently named Head of Behavioral Health at Fort Hood, TX, has been named as ICSW’s Visiting Professor for Academic Year 2013-2014. Lt. Colonel Yarvis has extensive clinical, academic, research, and combat experience. Dr. Yarvis brings an immeasurable depth and breadth of knowledge, expertise and insight to ICSW. As Visiting Professor, he will teach the Military/Veterans case conference.

ICSW Launches a New Website


ICSW has launched a new website, offering a more contemporary online experience to our community. The new site's responsive design enhances the experience for visitors on handheld devices, such as iPads and smart phones. Additional features will be rolled out over the coming months.

An archive of our previous website is available for reference at

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