The Institute for Clinical Social Work


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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Dr. Dennis Shelby Named Emeritus Faculty


Dennis Shelby, Ph.D., was named, and unanimously endorsed by the faculty, as Emeritus Faculty in recognition of his years of service and accomplishments at ICSW. Dr. Shelby will continue as dissertation chair and committee member, as well as clinical consultant, for those students with whom he has been working. He will also continue guiding students who are working with him on their independent studies.

Dr. Kate Schechter to Chair Conceptual Foundations Sequence


Kate Schechter was chosen to serve as Chair of the Conceptual Foundations Sequence. A psychoanalyst, Dr. Schechter brings her extensive knowledge of clinical social work, psychoanalytic and social science theory, and research to this effort. In addition, she holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a passion for the Institute and its mission to train the next generation of contemporary psychotherapists.

Dr. Joan DiLeonardi to Chair Research Sequence


Dr. Joan DiLeonardi has agreed to chair the Research Sequence for the upcoming academic year. Dr. DiLeonardi brings a wealth of knowledge in quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has taught research classes at the schools of social work at Loyola and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published a book on data analysis and a monograph on evaluation design, as well as research articles and has been the principal investigator on multi-state federally funded investigations. Dr. DiLeonardi is dedicated to ensuring meaningful thesis outcomes for ICSW’s doctoral students.