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Summer in the City: SELF PSYCHOLOGY

Summer in the City 2019

Friday, August 2: The Wisdom of Self Psychology

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)

August 2 Panelists:

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Karen Bloomberg, PhD

Karen W. Bloomberg, LCSW, Ph.D., is Dean of Students at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and, as faculty, teaches Self Psychology and Couples Therapy.  She is a member of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and has a private practice in both downtown Chicago and Hyde Park treating children, adolescents, adults and couples as well as providing consultation and supervision.

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Denise Davis, LCSW

Denise Davis, LCSW is in private practice where she treats children, adolescents, adults and couples, provides consultation and supervision. In addition to teaching Self Psychology at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, she also teaches at the University of Chicago and at a Clinical Psychology Institute in China. She is a member of the Midwest Self Psychology Study Group and the chairperson of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology’s Child and Adolescent Initiative. Her interests are therapeutic action, boundaries and empathic imagination.

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Sarah Goldberg, LCSW

Sarah Goldberg, LCSW, is an advanced doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She is working on a dissertation about psychoanalysts and retirement. Sarah is in private practice in downtown Chicago.

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Gabe Ruiz, MA

Gabriel Ruiz is a psychoanalyst who works with children, adolescents and adults.  He is on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and visiting faculty at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. His areas of interest include technique, culture, and dreams.

Summer in the City Registration Fees:

$50 individual session / $280 full series

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