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Alumni Dr. Erin Leonard discusses filing false police reports on WNDU

So why do people go out of their way to file false police reports, and what are the consequences if caught lying?

“So it’s actually very common, many people are very egocentric which means that they are very limited in their capacity to see how their actions affect others,” said Dr. Erin Leonard

She says there are usually two types of people:

Person ‘A’ for instance is not egocentric. They understand their actions can have implications on others, and are very insightful and introspective.

Person ‘B’ is egocentric, not accountable for his-her actions and has a distorted sense of reality. Character B is more than likely to make a false police report.

“They readily feel very justified in what they’re doing because they feel like they’re the victim,” added Dr. Leonard, who wrote a book on similar situations.

Check out the segment here:

ICSW alumna Jamie Loveland presenting at the International Psychotherapy Institute

Jamie Loveland, recently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Menninger Clinic of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, will present at the International Psychotherapy Institute on October 25, 2017 in the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy sequence. Her presentation is entitled: “Then There were Three: Working with Couples with Substance Addiction (SA)”.

The program will be seen internationally, and will focus on the psychoanalytic conceptualization of couples with SA, the dynamic role of the SA in both partners and the relationship, and what is deemed therapeutic when working with these couples.

For more information, or to register for the event, please click HERE.

Dr. Erin Leonard discusses two things couples can do to restore closeness and chemistry

Most couples are on a pace to “run.” The daily list of “have tos” is endless: getting the kids off to school, long commutes, endless office hours, grocery shopping, homework, getting the kids to activities, making dinner, making lunches, feeding the dog, walking the dog, cleaning up dinner, laundry, housework, finishing work emails, and paying the bills. Throw in social commitments and family obligations and moms and dads are lucky if they are able take a deep breathe, let alone go on a date night.

Yet, there are two answers to restoring the closeness, comfort, and chemistry, and they do not require extra time. Actually, they save time.

Check it out what these two things are by clicking HERE

Alumni and faculty member Mead Goedert presenting at a forum on race

Inviting educators, administrators, and business persons to join in and hear Dr. Goedert’s presentation on “The African American Urban Males Journey to Success: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Race, Gender and Social Class”.

It will take place, August 26, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 P.M. at First United Methodist Church, 227 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI.

Following the presentation, a response panel of area educators and leaders: Dr. Lawrence N. Redd, Rondo Cooper, Beverly Drake. T.A. El Amin, Alvin Hills IV, as well as City Commissioner Senita Lenear (3rd Ward) and Dr. Bill Pink, GRCC President, will share their insights.

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ICSW faculty member and alumni publishes article

Dr. Scholom recently published an article in the Chicago Open Chapter for the Study of Psychoanalysis entitled: “The Psycho-Politico of Evidence-Based Practice and the Assault on Our Mental Health and Mental Health Care”.

ICSW alumna Anne Gearity presenting on children’s anxiety

PACER Symposium on Children’s Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Lunch is included in the $35 admission price. CEU’s are available. This year’s nationally recognized speakers include:

  • Anne Gearity, PhD, has a mental health practice in Minneapolis, and is a consultant to many school districts. She also teaches at the University of Minnesota. Gearity is a respected speaker and presenter. Her keynote address will focus on anxiety.
  • Gil Noam, EdD, is the founder and director of the PEAR Institute at Harvard University, and is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Boston. His topic is the essential elements that children need in order to learn, develop and thrive.
  • Richard G. Petty, MD, is a world-renowned authority on the brain, and an accredited specialist in psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine and nutrition. He will speak on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

For more information, or to register, please click HERE.

ICSW alum James Rao publishes summary of dissertation

A summary of James Rao dissertation (Class of 2017) was published in The Journal of Liver Research, Disorders and Therapy. The article is entitled An Examination of Adult Attachment and Liver Transplant Outcomes and explores if a relationship exists between adult attachment and liver transplant outcomes.

To view the article please click HERE.

Sad News

ICSW is saddened to let you know that alumnae Susan Ann McDaniels, PhD, LCSW, (nee Petermann), 67, passed away June 27, 2017. Sue was a dedicated friend who was caring and grateful.  She loved to send cards for all occasions and after every gathering. Her cherished friends, as well as many caring members of her church and professional communities who supported her as she struggled with pancreatic cancer, miss her dearly.

Sue received her Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University in River Forest, IL.  She went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University and a PhD from the Institute for Clinical Social Work.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 34 years, Sue’s private practice was devoted to working with adults, especially seniors. Her work experience included Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), Heartland Alliance, Arab American Family Services, Japanese American Service Committee, and In-Home Counseling for Seniors.  Throughout her work, she maintained a high standard of excellence. She was committed to her clients and was an advocate for social justice.

After retirement, Sue became involved in Forward Chicago, a community activist organization for seniors and Diakonia, a discipleship intensive, designed to empower lay people to minister in their own communities.  In all her efforts, she was committed to diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

Alumnae discuss issues related to learning differences

Alumnae Lola Himrod, advanced standing student Jackie Duffy-Hook, and Alumnae Myrna Orenstein joined Alumnae Leah Harp to discuss issues related to learning differences. If you are interested in this topic, we will be meeting again in July – contact Leah Harp for more information.

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

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

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!

Alumni Damon Krohn, Ph.D. publishes article

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.

Alumni Boris Thomas, Ph.D. and Damon Krohn, Ph.D add commentaries to Faculty member, Dr. Carol Ganzer, article in Clinical Social Work Journal


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

Karen Daiter and Leah Harp Invite the ICSW Community

City Elementary

Please join us for: City Elementary’s Benefit Evening!

March 18, 5-8 pm

The Stephen Daiter Gallery, 230 W Superior
A reception and silent auction featuring 20th and 21st
Century Chicago artists and photographers including works
by Art Shay, Dawoud Bey and Saverio Truglia. Please check
out our ever-growing list of artworks available at auction at Other goods and services on
auction can be viewed at
Please share this invitation — all are welcome! If you cannot
attend the benefit feel free to put in a bid by sending an
email to

Steven Kutchuck: Alumni Relations Annual Lecture

The Alumni Relations Committee’s annual February lecture was a great success.  Steven Kutchuck, LCSW ( spoke on psychoanalyst subjectivity and the book he edited, Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience:  When the Personal Becomes Professional (Routledge, 2014).   The Friday night event was open to the public.  Many thanks to the Berger’s for hosting!  On Saturday, Noel Blackburn, ICSW class of 2006, welcomed alumni and advanced standing students for her tenth annual Saturday series.  Her leadership in fostering a sense of community among alumni remains unparalleled.   We so enjoyed our speaker and the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Mr. Kutchuck donated a signed copy of his book for the benefit silent auction!  Thank you Steven!

Steven Kutchuck facilitating discussion.

Alumni Event #1

Shirley Craven (ICSW 1998) and Leah Harp (ICSW 2006) finally meet in person!

Alumni Event #2

Center for Law & Social Work


Maria Nanos, Ph.D., ICSW class of 2013, has been the Executive Director of The Center for Law and Social Work (CLSW) since 2010.  CLSW works to help relatives assume Guardianship or Adoption for family members.  Common scenarios include a grandparent assuming guardianship of minor grandchildren when the parent dies, is incarcerated, or is ill or otherwise unable to care for the Children, or adult children assuming guardianship of aging parents in order to make care decisions.  Recently, CLSW has been assisting the families of special needs minors who will be turning 18 (thereby becoming legal adults) with Adult Guardianship.  CLSW receives funding from the Department of Children and Family Services, Department on Aging and individual donors. They charge on a sliding scale fee for other clients not involved in the child welfare system.

Dr. Nanos teaches in the MSW program at Loyola University.  She teaches child treatment and runs a case conference seminar.  She has a private practice with children, adults, and couples in Evanston.  In addition, Dr.Nanos is a therapist for Porchlight Counseling, an agency dedicated to provide clinical services to victims of sexual assault on college campuses.

The Center for Law and Social Work relies on contributions to subsidize families in need with the security of adoption or guardianship. Consider sponsoring a family this year by clicking here.

Dr. Nanos invites you to attend CLSW’s next fundraiser on Monday, February 22nd at Laguanitas. $25 ticket for food, raffles, brewery tours, live music and beer!

Click here for more information!

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