The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Sherwood Faigen, M.A.

​Sherwood Faigen is the Clinical Practicum coordinator, a member of the curriculum committee, an instructor in the Conceptual Foundations and Clinical Sequences, a clinical consultant, and he serves on dissertation committees. In addition to his roles at ICSW, Mr. Faigen maintains a private practice where he practices psychotherapy for adults, children, and adolescents, and performs child, adolescent, and family evaluation and assessment. He is interested in the interface between psychodynamic theory and the practice of clinical work with a variety of populations and settings, and he would like to explore the possibilities that psychotherapy holds under non-ideal conditions of practice. Mr. Faigen enjoys working at ICSW because it provides him the opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues, delve into literature, work with students, and contribute to the field.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Psychodynamic Process; Psychodynamic Work with Non-Traditional Populations; The Unconscious in Clinical Work


  • B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Courses in Political Science, London School of Economics, London, England
  • M.A., University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL
  • Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Therapy, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis , Chicago, IL


  • L.C.S.W., Illinois

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CL 613: Case Conference III
  • CL 614: Case Conference IV
  • ES 444: Obstacles to the Therapeutic Process

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting
  • Research Advising

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Service Award, ICSW
  • Elsa Reinhart Award, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

Significant Publications

  • Faigen, S. (2000). Book Review. Harry Stack Sullivan: Interpersonal Theory and Psychotherapy, by F. Barton Evans. In Psychodynamic Counselling, 6(1).


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