The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Convocation Address 2015

Jun 8, 2015




Elaine Klemen delivered a powerful and uplifting speech during ICSW's graduation ceremony which was held at The Standard Club on Saturday, June 6th.

To read the speech please click on link below:

Elaine Klemen Commencement Speech


ICSW Announces Summer in the City Program

Apr 3, 2015

ICSW is happy to announce this year’s Summer in the City lineup. This series of six events is designed to offer clinicians the opportunity to sharpen their clinical skills while learning more about psychodynamic psychotherapy.

All events in this series are held Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at ICSW, carry a registration fee of $20 (collected at the door), and offer the opportunity to earn 3 CEUs (for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.).

More details about each program will be released in the coming weeks. Until then, please mark your calendar!

  • June 12: On the Clinical Unconscious: Why it Matters Now
    Presenter: Woody Faigen
  • June 26: The Empathic Process
    Presenter: Connie Goldberg
  • July 17: Clinical Listening
    Presenter: Jennifer Tolleson
  • July 31: On Clinical Formulation
    Presenter: Barbara Berger/Scott Rose
  • August 7: On Countertransference
    Presenter: Irwin Hoffman
  • August 21: Deepening the Treatment
    Presenter: Joan Servatius

Palombo Center Announces Summer 2015 Programs

Apr 2, 2015

The Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Social Work is happy to announce three new programs for Summer 2015:

ICSW Launches Lunchtime Brown Bag Series

Mar 18, 2015

ICSW is happy to announce a new continuing education program. The Lunchtime Brown Bag Series is designed to offer local clinicians ethics and diversity CEUs necessary for this year’s license renewal requirements.

About the Series

The lunchtime series offers mental health clinicians in downtown Chicago a convenient opportunity to obtain ethics and diversity CEUs. Each hour-and-a-half session will focus on timely and relevant topics and will be led by senior ICSW faculty.

All events in this series are held Fridays from noon to 1:30 pm at ICSW, carry a registration fee of $10 (collected at the door), and offer the opportunity to earn 1.5 CEUs (for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.).


ICSW Alumna Publishes Text on Projective Identification

Aug 21, 2014

We are very happy to announce that one of ICSW’s own, alumna Erin Leonard, PhD, has just published a book!

Entitled "Emotional Terrorism: Breaking the Chains of a Toxic Relationship," the work focuses on helping general audiences understand the defense mechanism of projective identification and its use in interpersonal relationships. The book is being published by Green Dragon Books, and is available on Amazon.

Please join us in congratulating Erin and her accomplishment.

To purchase book please visit Amazon: