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Summer in the City: ATTACHMENT THEORY

Summer in the City 2019

Friday, July 19: The Wisdom of Attachment Theory

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)

July 19 Panelists:

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Andrea Barbour, MA

Andrea Barbour, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in dissociative disorders and psychosis in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andrea is a fourth year PhD student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.

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Freddi Friedman, PhD

Dr. Freda Friedman has been involved in clinical work with attachment disorders and trauma for three decades. She has taught, supervised, consulted and written about many aspects of working with attachment issues and continues to be a student of the subject, with her clients as her best teachers. 

Freddi has been involved with the Institute for Clinical Social work in Chicago on many levels—currently as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees and as a faculty member working with doctoral and master’s students on their clinical work and dissertations.  She has taught courses at ICSW on attachment disorders,  trauma, grief, loss, working with severe personality disorders and with older adults.  In addition, she has a private practice in downtown Chicago and Northfield, working with individuals, couples and families.  She is affiliated with Cathedral Counseling Center as developer, group leader and consultant to their program in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 

She has presented at numerous conferences and published articles and several books on a range of topics, including family dynamics in the face of traumatic events, neurobiological aspects of Emotion Dysregulation, relationship difficulties and transference issues in clinical work with the elderly.  

She recently trained and looks forward to begin working as a forensic evaluator with people who are seeking asylum status in this country.

In the past, Dr. Friedman has been a Clinical Director of specialized treatment programs in several major teaching hospitals in the Chicago and New York areas. She is or has been an active member of numerous professional and community organizations.  She has two married children and is a proud grandmother of 4.

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Angela Song

Angela Song, PhD, is an alum of ICSW. She received her MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She worked in both agency and private practice settings in Chicago before moving to Honolulu, Hawai’i. She currently works with children, adolescents, and adults on the island and is involved in several projects in the field of children’s literature.

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Tara Thomason, JD, LCSW

Tara Thomason, JD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist who maintains a private practice in Chicago’s West Loop and Glencoe, IL, where she works with children, adolescents and adults.  Ms. Thomason has specialized in treating clients who experience complex trauma and provides training and consultation regarding the impact of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue for professionals.  Ms. Thomason is an advanced doctoral student and instructor in the master’s program at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.

Summer in the City Registration Fees:

$50 individual session / $280 full series

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

Earlier Event: July 12
Summer in the City: RELATIONAL THEORY
Later Event: August 2
Summer in the City: SELF PSYCHOLOGY