The Institute for Clinical Social Work


ICSW Student Christina Peters Wins Scholar Award


Christina Peters, ICSW Fourth Year student is a recipient of the Section VIII Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis Scholar Award. The award is granted to individuals interested and experienced in psychoanalytic work with couples and families. The award provides a stipend to travel to the Division 39 Spring Meeting in New York, April 24th-28th, 2014. This year's conference topic focuses on conflict.

The Award also includes one year of mentorship and recognition of Christina’s work at the conference.

Congratulations Christina on a job very well done!

ICSW Student Marissa Sappho Presents at Annual Renfrew Center Conference


ICSW Fourth-Year Student Marissa Sappho, LCSW, presented a paper at the 23rd Annual Renfrew Center Conference in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Her presentation with colleague Melainie Rogers, MS, RD, was titled Treatment in Fluidity: A Relational Approach to the Choice and Timing of Therapeutic Interventions for Binge Eating Disorder Patients.

The selection and timing of different therapeutic interventions presents an ongoing challenge for even the most experienced clinicians dealing with the complexity of eating disorders. The cycle of rupture and repair which occurs in the patients internal life is often mirrored in the therapeutic dyad, and unanalyzed enactments contribute to stalls in treatment. Using a relational theory model, this presentation will provide an integrative team approach to working with patients with binge-eating disorder, offering a didactic experience to creatively address the complications which can arise during the course of treating those with BED.

An audio CD of the presentation is available for purchase on the Renfrew center conference website.

Marissa will be teaching a four session mini-course webinar for The Center for the Study of Anorexia & Bulimia. Contact her directly if you are interested in learning more.

ICSW Faculty Featured at Forms and Transformations of Connectedness Conference


Several ICSW faculty member's are participating in International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology's Forms and Transformations of Connectedness, including former Dean Amy Eldridge, who is co-chairing the conference.

  • Faculty member and alum Ida Roldan is giving a paper entitled "Psychoanalytic Training and the Quest for Integrated Selfhood."  Alum Thetis Cromie is moderating the session. (Saturday, 4:15–5:45 pm)
  • Faculty Emeritus Lynn Borenstein is giving a paper entitled "Empathic Alertness:  Forward Movement in Child Psychotherapy," followed by a discussion lead by alum William Gieseke.  (Saturday, 2:15–3:45 pm)
  • Visiting Professor Carla Leone is presenting a pre-conference workshop entitled "One Couple, Three Perspectives:  Comparing Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approaches to Couples Treatment." She is also giving a paper entitled "Forms and Transformations of Connectedness in Couples:  How Self Psychology and 'Emotionally Focused Therapy' Can Inform Each Other." (Thursday, 8:30–11:30 am and Sunday, 8:00–9:30 am)
  • Visiting Professor Jeffrey Stern is presenting a paper entitled "Forms and Transformations of Loneliness." (Sunday, 8:00–9:30 am)
  • Faculty Emeritus R. Dennis Shelby is discussing a paper entitled "The Suffering Stranger and the Suffering Therapist." (Saturday, 2:15–3:45 pm)
  • In addition to co-chairing the conference, former Dean Amy Eldridge is presenting in a pre-conference workshop  entitled "Ethics in the Digital Age".  She is also offering a Conference Summation in the Final Plenary on Sunday. (Thursday, 1–4 pm and Sunday, 12:00–12:45 pm)

Event Details

International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Presents:
Forms and Transformations of Connectedness
October 17-20, 2013
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Conference Co-chairs: Amy Eldridge, PhD, MSW & Scott Davis, MD

Heinz Kohut established the primacy of connectedness in the analytic process with his delineation of the self object function and experience. Subsequent to Kohut, therapists now have additional models within or relevant to self psychology to facilitate connectedness. These models include: infant research; attachment research; the implicit and explicit domains of organizing and communicating experience; dynamic systems theory;  neurobiology; intersubjectivity; and motivational systems theory. The 36th IAPSP Annual International Conference will explore the following questions: How do these models provide new opportunities for the therapist to understand and facilitate connectedness? What, if any, are the potential problems of utilizing aspects of these models in enhancing connectedness? In addition, in this digital age of connectivity, therapists have the use of e-mail, text, and Skype to facilitate and enhance connectedness. What opportunities and pitfalls do these n ew forms of communication generate?


Fall Semester Launches with On-site Weekend and Opening Party


ICSW’s On-site Weekends brings all Master’s, On-site and Distance Ph.D.  students together twice each semester for an  intense weekend of classes, case consultations and socializing. The 2013-2014 Academic Year was kicked off with an On-site Weekend that began Friday, September 20th.

Over the course of 2 ½  days, 45 classes were taught by 24 faculty members for 71 students. Alumni and visiting professors joined with students and faculty for an Opening Party on Saturday evening. Now, everyone is back to work!

Welcome to our newest students and it was great to visit with our returning students. See you all again in November.

Click here to view more photos from this event.

ICSW 2013-14 New Student Orientation


On September 7, ICSW welcomed this Fall’s newly admitted Master’s and Ph.D. students. Orientation not only provided students with information about their programs and Institute policies and practices, it also and created an opportunity to meet classmates, professors and administrators. Their expressions tell it all: they learned a lot, liked each other and were ready for school to begin.