Joseph Palombo, MSW

Joseph Palombo is the founding dean of ICSW and specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities, especially those with nonverbal learning disabilities. His theoretical orientation to practice is self-psychology.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Individual Treatment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults Diagnosis and Treatment of the Emotional Problems of children, Adolescents, and Adults with Learning Disabilities The Application of Self-Psychology to Clinical Social Work


  • BA, New School for Social Research, New York, NY

  • MA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • MA, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Certificate, Child Therapy Program, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, IL


  • L.C.S.W., Illinois

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CF 604: Epistemology I: Foundations for Clinical Theories

  • Clinical Relevance of Neuroscience

  • CF 602: Psychodynamic Psychology IV: Self-Psychology

  • CAS-CL 715: Child and Adolescence Case Conference

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting

  • Research Advising

Awards & Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Institute for Clinical Social Work, 2013

  • Pearl H. Rieger Award, Rush Neurobehavioral Center, 2011

  • Edna Reiss-Sophie Greenberg Davis Chair, Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, “Recognizing
    Outstanding Profession in the Field of Child/Adolescent Mental Health”, 2009

  • Founder’s Award, Rush Neurobehavioral Center, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, 2006

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Northern Illinois Chapter, National Association of Social
    Workers, 2005

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Membership Committee on Psychoanalysis for Clinical
    Social Work, 2001

  • Who’s Who in America, 1987

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, 1999

  • Honorary Member, Board of Trustees, California Institute for Clinical Social Work, 1984

  • Founding Member, National Academies of Practice in Social Work, 1982

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Psychoanalytic Association, Member, Schools Committee

  • Yellowbrick Program for Emerging Young Adults, Consultation

  • Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Corresponding Member

  • Institute for Clinical Social Work, Founding Dean and Faculty Member

  • Psychoanalytic Social Work, Consulting Editor

  • Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Consulting Editor

  • Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Therapy Program, Faculty Member

  • Individual psychotherapy of children, adolescents, and adults, Private Practice


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