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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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