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Alumni Association

Barbara Berger

Barbara Berger maintains a full-time practice in addition to being active in the ICSW and social work communities. At ICSW, she has been on dissertation committees and currently serves as vice chair of advancement on the Board of Trustees. In the social work community, she is active on the Consortium Board and in the AAPSCW, where she is on the executive committee and the National Board, and she serves as a liaison to the ACPE Board. Dr. Berger’s areas of clinical expertise are adults and couples, and she is interested in doing more publishing and presenting.


Emily Esquivel

Emily Esquivel received her M.A. in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary before moving to Chicago for her clinical training at ICSW where she received her M.A. in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy. She is currently working at The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago where she works with individuals, families, and children. Some of her passions include working with the LGBTQIA community, bringing psychodynamic therapy to underserved, minority populations and working in the intersections of religion and psychotherapy.


Leah Harp

Leah Harp, LCSW, Ph.D., is an alumni, board member, and co-chair of the Alumni Relations Committee.  She co-founded City Elementary.


Lynne Tylke

Lynne Tylke, Ph.D. is co-chair of the Alumni Relations Committee and on the faculty of ICSW. She chairs the clinical curriculum for the distance-learning program as well as teaching the third-year case conference. She also works with students as an advisor and clinical consultant. Her areas of clinical expertise include adult psychotherapy focusing on depression and anxiety, grief work, PTSD, marital issues, and working with adolescents. Her theoretical orientation to practice is psychodynamic and relational work with individuals. Lynne presented at the Joseph Palombo’s Neuroscience Conference – Boys at Risk – in 2015, where she discussed the neurological impact in trauma and this informs the treatment of this special population.


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