The Institute for Clinical Social Work


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.

ICSW Doctoral Candidate Deployed to Newtown as Crises Therapist


ICSW doctoral candidate Lieutenant Commander Jonathan James (JJ) Lewis, was deployed to Newtown, CT yesterday in his capacity as a Health Services Officer and Clinical Social Worker for the United States Public Health Service. LCDR Lewis has — as do other ICSW students and alumni — a distinguished record in providing critical mental health services on behalf of our country under extreme circumstances.

Being called to assist in the wake of this horrific national tragedy is confirmation of LCDR Lewis' exceptional personal and professional skills. The ICSW community is immensely proud of JJ and has expressed our support and solidarity. In return, JJ says, "I appreciate the support from ICSW with this challenging endeavor. I’m proud to represent the US Public Health Service and ICSW in this way."

Military/Veterans Specialization: New Faculty Appointments


The Institute for Clinical Social Work is proud to announce the following faculty appointments as Visiting Professors:

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD
Dr. Yarvis is Deputy Commander for Behavioral Health Service at the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and an Former Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. For his work and his research on PTSD, LTC Yarvis was named both 2008 Uniformed Services and US Army Social Worker of the Year.

Harold Kudler, MD
Dr. Kudler is Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center. He is an Advanced Candidate in both the Adult and Child programs of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas and Chairman of the Service Members and Veterans initiative of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Drs. Yarvis and Kudler have made outstanding contributions to the field of military and veterans mental health. They will be teaching and supervising students in the ICSW Military/Veterans Specialization.

Clinical Practice Program: Fall 2012/Spring 2013


Our one-year Clinical Practice Program (CPP) is designed for clinicians who want to enhance their clinical skills and be more effective in their practice settings. The CPP has three parts that ensure clinicians will obtain a rich and comprehensive experience that will deepen their understanding of the client’s emotional life and focus on the therapeutic relationship.

Participants in the CPP receive:

  • Twelve 2.5-hour Group Case Conferences, some with guest lecturers
  • Twelve 45- to 50-minute Individual Consultation meetings with advanced clinical consultants
  • Admittance to any ICSW Clinical Lecture hosted by ICSW in the 2012/13 academic year
  • Participants will earn 30 CEUs and a certificate upon completion. LSW and LPC participants seeking clinical supervision hours to help satisfy the 3000-hour requirement for state LCSW and LCPC licensure may make individual arrangements with ICSW consultants.

The 2012/13 Clinical Practice Program will begin in September 2012 and continue through April 2013 on the meeting dates below. Clinical Lectures and Group Case Conferences will be held at ICSW at the Robert Morris Center, 401 South State Street, 8th Floor. Individual Consultations will take place at times and locations mutually determined by the student and consultant, but most likely at the consultant’s office.

​For questions about the program, please contact Gail DeLyser or Boris Thomas at (312) 935-4233.