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Summer in the City: KLEIN

Summer in the City 2019

Friday, June 14: KLEIN

The Wisdom of Psychodynamic Theory: What Does it Offer Us In Our Multicultural World?

Conversations Among Psychodynamic Clinicians

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Since Freud, and across professional and academic disciplines, psychodynamic thinking has been idealized, debated, and at times denigrated as a form of therapeutic practice.   And yet, the meaningfulness and utility of psychodynamic theorizing persists, finding sustained life within ordinary contemporary psychotherapeutic practice.  This series, using discrete sets of psychodynamic theory in combination with personal and clinical associations by small panels of ICSW faculty and doctoral students, will explore how and why these discourses matter in the context of our diverse social world.

3 CEUs per event / 21 CEUs full summer series


1)    To promote consideration of the ways in which psychodynamic theory continues to inform contemporary therapeutic practice.

2)   To facilitate consideration of clinical implications of psychodynamic thinking within diverse practice contexts. 

This session is one of a series of 7 sessions throughout the summer: KLEIN (June 14), WINNICOTT (June 21), RELATIONAL THEORY (July 12), ATTACHMENT THEORY (July 19), SELF PSYCHOLOGY (August 2), NONLINEAR DYNAMICS THEORY (August 9), NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHOANALYSIS (August 16). Sessions can be attended and purchased singly, or as an entire series.

June 14 Panelists:

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Ariel Carter, MA Student

Ariel Carter is a second-year master’s student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago poetry, philosophy, and fine art. She does clinical work with children and adolescents. Her training in creative writing and analytic philosophy informs her work, as does an interest in inter-generational trauma and alienation vs authenticity.

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Michael Mudgett, PhD Student

Michael Mudgett, LCSW, is a current PhD student at ICSW. He completed both his undergraduate studies in psychology and master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University in the state of Michigan. Michael began his career as a clinical case manager in a community mental health setting where he worked primarily with adults living with severe mood and psychotic disturbances. He also worked in an outpatient mental health clinic on Chicago’s west side, providing psychotherapy and intake services. Michael is now practicing within a group private practice in Chicago.


Joan Servatius, PhD

Joan Servatius is a faculty member, clinical consultant, and Practicum Chair at ICSW. She also maintains a clinical practice where she works with adolescents, adults, and couples. She is interested in clinical process topics and has completed research using the case study method to study perspectives of clinical social workers who are psychodynamic psychotherapists on deepening the treatment.


Jennifer Tolleson, PhD

Jennifer Tolleson is in private practice in Chicago, where she does psychotherapy with adolescents, adults, and couples, and clinical consultation with therapists. She is on the faculty of ICSW, and is the Chair of Continuing Education. Jennifer teaches courses on clinical practice

and psychoanalytic theory. She is published in the areas of urban violence, trauma, and the intersections of psychodynamic practice and sociocultural critique. Jennifer received her PhD from Smith College.

Summer in the City Registration Fees:

$50 individual session / $280 full series

Student/Agency Rate: $40 individual session / $210 full series

Earlier Event: June 11
PhD Online Open House - 6/11/19
Later Event: June 21
Summer in the City: WINNICOTT