The Institute for Clinical Social Work


ICSW Establishes Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Social Work


The Institute for Clinical Social Work’s Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to establish the Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Social Work. Joe Palombo has just been named to serve as the first Director of the Center.

The mission and purpose of the Center is to explore how the new field of neuroscience may inform the long traditions of clinical social work and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Because the broad topic of neuroscience has become prominently discussed across all mental health professions, and because clinical social work as a profession has always included the biological aspects of clients’ lives through using a bio-psycho-social model of understanding, it made sense to establish a Center focused on this topic.

It also made sense to name the Center after our own Joe Palombo, one of ICSW’s founders, our first Dean, and a nationally recognized expert on the application of neuroscience principles, specifically with children who have nonverbal learning disorders. As Director of the Palombo Center, Joe’s first act will be to select an Advisory Committee, comprised of mental health professionals (drawing especially among those who have both a knowledge base and an interest in this application of theory to the biological lives of our clients), who will help to plan both the launching of the Palombo Center and its initial activities.

The entire ICSW community congratulates Joe on this new role within the Institute for Clinical Social Work and also within the community of mental health professionals.