The Institute for Clinical Social Work


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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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.