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Alumni turned out in force for ICSW’s annual benefit, honoring Robert Mardirossian!

Mar 27, 2017

From left to right: Robert Mardirossian, Lynne Tylke, Tracy Burns, Paula Ammerman, Barbara Berger, Linda Tartof, Ida Roldan, Myrna Orenstein, Amy Eldridge, and Leah Harp.

Alumni Leah Harp, Ph.D. connects with Daniel Rosenfeld, LCSW, a favorite instructor and mentor.

Robert Mardirossian, Ph.D., this year’s honoree, pictured with Leah Harp, Ph.D., one of last year’s honorees (not pictured Karen Daiter, Ph.D.)

Alumni and Advanced Student Workshop 2017

Feb 06, 2017

Erika Schmidt, ICSW faculty and the President of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, spoke on the ongoing conversation between Freud and Ferenczi.  ICSW Alumnae Noel Blackburn hosted this thought provoking day.  We all enjoyed a close reading of Ferenczi’s “Confusion of Tongues Between the Adults and the Child” and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones over our lovely lunch.

Thanks to those who also attended via live streaming!

ICSW Alumni, Damon Krohn, publishes article

Feb 01, 2017

Damon Krohn, PhD, along with ICSW faculty member and co-author, Dr. Carol Ganzer, published an article in Clinical Social Work Journal (CSWJ) called “Clinicians’ Reverie as Private Enactments”.

If interested in viewing the article, please click HERE.

ICSW Faculty, Jim Grabowski, receives grant from American Psychological Association, Division 39 and the American Psychological Foundation

Nov 28, 2016


The grant will provide funding to support the Little Explorers/Pequeños Exporadores program at The Kedzie Center.  The Kedzie Center is a psychodynamic, culturally-sensitive community mental health center.  It was created through the efforts of North River residents, who worked to ensure that all community members would have access to compassionate, quality and culturally-informed mental health care. The Kedzie Center is a training site for students in the ICSW Master’s Program.

Little Explorers is a bilingual, interactive play group for parents and children, age birth through five years old.  It is offered on Tuesdays from 10:00am to 11:30am at our office at 4141 N. Kedzie. The program offers parents the opportunity to meet with other parents and share the successes and challenges of raising their child.  It also provides children an opportunity to play and promote critical social, emotional and developmental skills.

ICSW Faculty, Dr. Carol Ganzer, publishes a series of articles in Clinical Social Work Journal

Nov 07, 2016


Carol Ganzer, Ph.D. wrote a case about her work with a traumatized patient and then had several members of the ICSW community including, Dr. Boris Thomas, Dr. Dennis McCaughan, Dr. Charles Turk, Joel Kanter, Dr. Alan Levy, and Dr. Damon Krohn write case commentaries about her work.

Carol’s original article and all case commentaries will appear in a special edition Clinical Social Work Journal, called Psychoanalytic Case Perspectives.

For more information about this collaborative article, visit: Clinical Social Work Journal

ICSW Faculty, Gabriel Ruiz, to present at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

Oct 10, 2016


Childhood Trauma in Cultural Context

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
975 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

Tickets: $25 per person

This lecture will help you identify what type and level of trauma is being experienced by a child.  You will also gain a working model of how to begin intervening in a child and family’s life affected by trauma respectful of the child and family’s cultural context.  In particular, you will learn how to intervene to best meet the needs of a child and family dealing with trauma within their respective cultural world.

Today’s children face enormous challenges resulting in both acute and chronic traumatic effects.   When looking at what trauma “is” and how it is “experienced” we must look at the cultural context of the child and family.  When it comes to processing trauma, a child’s culture typically falls on a continuum ranging from the traumatic disruption of a child’s individual mind to the disruption of an entire community’s way of life.

As teachers, clinicians, and professionals, what do we do when it is not only the child’s mind, but the child’s entire cultural way of functioning that is overwhelmed by trauma?  Further, how do cultures that privilege a collective mindset mediate childhood trauma when compared to more individualistic cultures?

For more information or to register please visit: Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

ICSW Faculty, Dr. Ida Roldan and Dr. Boris Thomas, to present at Cathedral Counseling

Sep 09, 2016


Convergence in Therapy: On My Way To Finding You, I Found An Unknown Part of Me

Friday, October 14, 9 am – 12:15 pm

What does a therapist do when she realizes that having a similar history to her client may have caused the very rupture that put the treatment and relationship at risk?

This workshop is $75. Attendees will receive light refreshments and three CEUs. Students, groups, and retirees are eligible for a discount. Contact Nina Riccardi at for details.

This is the final installment of Cathedral’s 2016 Professional Workshop Series.

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ICSW alumni, Mead Goedert, publishes book

Aug 22, 2016


Mead Goedert, PhD, recently published his book, The African American Urban Male’s Journey to Success: Psychoanalytic perspectives on race, gender, and social class, which was based on his dissertation at ICSW and is a part of a growing effort within psychoanalytic thought to address psychoanalysis’ historical neglect of marginalized subjects and sociocultural dynamics within theory and practice. His book utilizes a psychoanalytic framework to portray and examine the subjective experiences of five professional African American men who transcended their origins in urban poverty, thus shedding light on a grossly overlooked demographic.]

To purchase book visit Amazon or Roman & Littlefield

Erika Schmidt delivers 2016 convocation address

Aug 08, 2016


ICSW celebrated the accomplishments of its 2016 graduates on Saturday, June 11 at The Standard Club. Our graduates this year include:

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Barbara Jean Jochum
  • Carrie L. Torgerson
  • Damon Krohn
  • Draga Ilievski
  • Ellen Ruth Blumenthal
  • Jamie L. Loveland
  • Judith D. Wood osf
  • Kathryn Ann Croskery Jones
  • Mahsa Hojat-Khoshniyat
  • Michelle Mary Piotrowski
  • Tessa Garnes-Beausejour
  • Thomas P. Beller
  • Victoria A. Brown
  • Vivian Jennings-Miller

Master of Art

  • Alicia M. Plump
  • Edie Brown Hitchcock
  • Jean F. Rock
  • Maria Theresa Springer
  • Sarah Zimmerman

Advance Clinical Practice Certificate

  • Colette Malloy

Erika Schmidt, MSW spoke to the graduates and guests as both a social worker and a psychoanalyst, and as someone who has worked to integrate both of these traditions into her professional identity. Read Ericka’s full graduation speech by clicking (HERE).


ICSW Faculty, Dr. Carla Leone, at upcoming IAPSP Conference

Jul 25, 2016


At the upcoming annual conference of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP), Dr. Leone will be co-presenting (with Dr. David Shaddock) a pre-conference course titled: From the Ground Up: A Contemporary Self Psychological, Experience-Near Examination of The Gottman Method and Emotion-Focused Approaches to Couples Therapy.  Also, in the main conference she will be presenting a paper titled Critical Clinical Moments in a Self Psychological Couples Treatment: When the Lover Makes Three, and will also facilitate the discussion of a couples case presentation.  At ICSW, Dr. Leone co-teaches a course on Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy and provides clinical consultation on couples and family treatment cases.

For more information about the conference, to be held in Boston from Oct 20-24, 2016, please visit IAPSP’s website or contact Dr. Leone with any questions.




Founding Dean, Joseph Palombo, Honorary Member of APA

Jul 18, 2016


Founding Dean and Faculty Member, Joeseph Palombo, has been nominated and voted by the membership as an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Also, his paper: “The Self as a Complex Adaptive System: Part III: A revised view of development” has been accepted for publication by Psychoanalytic Social Work Journal.

ICSW instructor, Anita Bryce, planning for symposium on Psychoanalysis and Art

Jul 11, 2016


Anita Bryce, Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program at the Washington Psychoanalytic Center was elected to the Executive Committee of  ACP (Association for Child Psychoanalysis) in April 2016. In June 2016, Dr. Bryce was also elected to the Board of the Washington Psychoanalytic Center, where she began serving a three year term as Vice-President for Education.

Anita remains active on the planning committee for the upcoming symposium on psychoanalysis and art to be held May 18-20, 2017 in Florence, Italy. This is the Seventh International Symposium which is held in Florence every three years.

For more information about the symposium, please visit: Psychoanalysis and Art: Sense and Soul

ICSW student, Tonya Octave, presenting at CalWORKS

Jul 05, 2016


Tonya Octave currently holds a Master’s Degree in the field of social work from California State University, Long Beach. In Los Angeles County she oversees mental health services for children under the supervision of Children Services and Probation. Additionally, she provides consultation services to Children Services and the Department of Mental Health. Ms. Octave in collaboration with other team members organized and developed a pilot to address Commercial Sexual Exploitation among youth who are victimized.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she owns and operates a private practice. This affords her the opportunity to see children, adults, and families who are exposed to trauma related events.Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:

The presentation will present an overview of sex trafficking:

  • What is Human Trafficking?
  • What is Child Sex Trafficking and what makes children vulnerable?
  • Contributing Issues
  • Trafficking Assessment
  • Providing a Trauma-Sensitive Approach

To learn more please visit: The Academy for Professional Excellence

ICSW instructor, Dr. Warren Sibilla, headed to IAAP

Jun 27, 2016

Dr. Sibilla will be presenting a paper in Kyoto, Japan in September on his book: Herding an Ox: Analytical Psychology and Zen Buddhism at the International Association of Analytical Psychology’s International Congress.He will also be chairing a five-part series on “The Psychology of Terrorism” at the C. G. Jung Institute beginning in October, 2016 – looking at terrorism, violence, and the role psychoanalysis can plan in helping individuals understand and cope with the present violence.

Warren is a Diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst with a clinical practice in Chicago, IL and South Bend, IN. In addition to his clinical practice and work with ICSW, Dr. Sibilla teaches in both the Masters and Doctoral programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and also facilitates several silent contemplative retreats throughout the year at GilChrist Retreat Center in Southwest Michigan.

To learn more about Dr. Sibilla’s work please click HERE.



ICSW student, Robert Hilliker, to present at The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Jun 20, 2016


Harnessing the Power of Reasonable Hope
Friday, July 22, 2016

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus
Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall
16 E Pearson St., 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Robert Hilliker, LCSW, LCDC will offer his insights on the powerful dimensions of working with hope and despair in clinical treatment. We will learn about how to harness the power of hope to improve outcomes and engagement in therapy. Through experiential group process, Robert will demonstrate how to use these core concepts in the practice setting.

For more information or to register for the event click HERE

ICSW student, Jannira Roman, presenting at The Net Connection

Jun 13, 2016

A Nueropsychodynamic Approach: The Relevance of Clinical Techniques in Treating PTSD.

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Jannira Roman is a psychotherapist for the Department of Defense on Fort Hood Base. She has dedicated her time and efforts in treating those who have experienced sexual or combat trauma. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at The State University of New York at Stony Brook. Jannira is currently a doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. The focus of her academic work is psychodynamic treatment with a military specialization. She has various certifications and training’s such as; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Prolonged Exposure, and Seeking Safety. Her counseling experience includes 8 years in providing outpatient treatment to men and women who have experienced trauma. In addition, she was a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ponce in Puerto Rico. Currently, she has been working on integrating a nueropsychodynamic approach and evidence based treatments with active duty soldiers who have experienced trauma. She hopes to continue providing clinical treatment and return to teaching clinical social work in the near future.

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