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Summer in the City 2019

Friday, August 16:


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)


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Amy Groessl, PhD

Dr. Amy Groessl is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of children and adults who have a history of complex trauma, neurocognitive deficits, attachment disorders, and issues related to adoption. She currently provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and consultation in a private practice in Chicago. Dr. Groessl was director of the therapy program at Children's Research Triangle (CRT) for 11 years providing direct services, local and national trainings, and managed local and federal funding grants, which included a seven-year project with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Besides her clinical work, Dr. Groessl is a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Clinical Social Work teaching courses that focus on qualitative research, trauma, attachment theory, and neuropsychology. In her free time, she enjoys working as a professional genealogist with special interest in helping adoptees research their biological lineage.

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Christine Schmidt, PhD

Dr. Christine Schmidt is a clinical psychologist who has specific interest and expertise in working with youth and families impacted by pre- and post-natal trauma. She began her postdoctoral career in 2001 at the Children’s Research Triangle (CRT), in Chicago, Illinois, where she received extensive training surrounding the assessment and treatment of children who have histories of prenatal substance exposure and complex trauma. Over the course of her 16-year tenure at CRT, Dr. Schmidt lead the child adolescent psychology program, coordinated the student and postdoctoral training program, directed several foundation and national grants, and provided numerous local and national trainings regarding pre- and postnatal trauma. Most recently, Dr. Schmidt has especially enjoyed co-directing a three year grant designed to help address the impact of secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma on legal professionals working with youth in the child welfare system. In her current role as an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services consulting psychologist, Dr. Schmidt provides consultative psychological services to administrators, caseworkers, and other professionals involved with the department. Each summer, Dr. Schmidt and her two children, ages 10 and 13 years, appreciate the additional opportunity to help run a two-week overnight camp for children who have special needs, Camp SOAR.

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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

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