Karen Baker, MSW

Karen E. Baker is on the faculty of ICSW in the distance-learning program where she serves as a clinical consultant and dissertation committee member. She is a psychoanalyst and maintains a full-time practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Ann Arbor, Michigan with children, adolescents and adults. Karen is the Past- President of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW). She continues to serve on the National Board as the co-chair of the Child and Adolescent Committee.

In addition, she is the Child Development Director of Allen Creek Preschool, Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is a preschool whose curriculum and philosophy is predicated on psychoanalytic developmental principles. She is also a Consulting Editor of Psychoanalytic Social Work.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Clinical Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Adults; Applied Psychoanalysis in Schools, Object Relations, Contemporary Ego Psychology; Relational Theory


  • BA, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

  • MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Awarded certificate for completion in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, Michigan Psychoanalytic Council


  • L.MSW, Michigan

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CFDL 653-1: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

  • CLDL612: Perspectives in Clinical Formulation

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Clinical Consultation

  • Dissertation Committee

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)

  • The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (formerly known as Michigan Psychoanalytic Council)

  • Clinical Social Work Association

  • American Psychological Association (Division 39)

  • National Association of Social Work

  • Association for Child Psychoanalysis

Significant Publications

  • The Transformation of Deadness to Human Relatedness: A Case Presentation, Smith College Studies in Social Work.

  • From “It’s Not Me” to “It Was Me After All”: A Case Presentation of a Patient Diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Psychoanalytic Social Work.

  • “My Brakes are Broken”: Case Presentation of a Latency Age Boy Struggling with Affect Regulation, Psychoanalytic Social Work.

  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: One Hundred Years After ‘Little Hans’. Co-Editor with Jerrold Brandell of a Special Issue of Psychoanalytic Social Work (“Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis”),which was subsequently published in 2013 as a hardcover book; Routledge Press, London.


555 E. William St. Apt. 25E Ann Arbor, MI 48104


kbaker@icsw.edu; kembaker1@comcast.net