Back to All Events

Summer in the City: WINNICOTT

Summer in the City 2019

Friday, June 21: The Wisdom of Winnicott

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

Conversations Among Psychodynamic Clinicians

summer in the city.jpg

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.

June 21:  Meet the Winnicotts: Play, holding, and the antisocial tendency in clinical practice.   

Description: Beginning with their work together with evacuated children during the Second World War, Clare and Donald Winnicott cross-fertilized the practice of social work and psychoanalysis. exploring how holding environments can facilitate the healing and maturation of children and adolescents.  In this workshop, the story of their collaboration will be presented and the application of their contributions will be illustrated with case examples.

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)

June 21 Panelists:

Blumhardt-685x1024 150.jpg

Kerstin Blumhardt, MSW, PhD

Kerstin Blumhardt, MSW, PhD is an instructor in the master’s and doctoral programs at ICSW.   In this capacity, she teaches clinical practice courses and provides case consultation to students.   She also maintains a private practice in Burr Ridge, IL where she works with children, adolescents, and adults.   Dr. Blumhardt’s areas of clinical expertise include psychodynamic family therapy, child and adolescent psychotherapy, and couples treatment.    

Huey Hawkins 150.png

Huey Hawkins, PhD Student

Huey Hawkins MSW, LCSW is in private practice in St. Louis MO and is a 4th year doctoral student at ICSW.   With clinical experience  in high schools, the Family Court and the Department of Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine, he has worked passionately with children and adolescents of color, the LGBTQ community, and adults with diverse challenges.  His advanced training at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and ICSW have afforded him an in-depth way of understanding personality development and the workings of the mind.  


Joel Kanter, MSW

Joel Kanter, MSW, LCSW-C is in private practice of clinical social work in Silver Spring, Maryland.  He serves on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance.  He is a Consulting Editor of the Clinical Social Work Journal and has been recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academy of Practice in Social Work.  He has authored over 50 articles and book chapters in social work, psychiatric and psychoanalytic journal.  His book Face to Face with Children: The Life and Work of Clare Winnicott was published by Karnac in 2004. 

Summer in the City Registration Fees:

$50 individual session / $280 full series

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

Earlier Event: June 14
Summer in the City: KLEIN