CL 721: Beyond the Fifty Minute Hour: Psychoanalytic Social Work in the Community

This course will focus on psychoanalytically-informed social work interventions with diverse populations outside of the conventional psychotherapy parameters.  These practice settings include, among others, child welfare, clinical case management, home visiting, hospices and medical facilities, forensic settings and school social work and the populations served include the homeless, persons with severe psychiatric disorders, abused and neglected children, troubled adolescents and the elderly.  With such interventions, environmental and psychological interventions are interwoven and require a creative synthesis of psychodynamic and systems perspectives.  Whether these interventions are therapeutic or palliative, understanding defenses, object relations, transference and countertransference are essential components of effective intervention.   Prerequisites: CL 612; CF 622; CF 602; CF 611