Michael Casali, PhD


Winnicott's Transformational Metaphors—A cognitive-linguistic analysis (2010)

Michael Casali is currently serving as Adjunct Faculty at the School of Social Work at Concordia College, the Counseling Program at Grand Canyon University, and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (where he won Adjunct Faculty of the Year in 2012). Aside from his Faculty and Consultant role here at ICSW, Michael also maintains a private and group practice focusing on child and adolescent development in Milwaukee, WI.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Child and Adolescent treatment; British Object Relations/D.W. Winnicott; Language and theory


  • PhD, DePaul University, Chicago, Il

  • MS., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

  • PhD, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, IL


Winnicott’s Transformational Metaphors—A cognitive-linguistic analysis (2010)


  • L.C.S.W., Wisconsin

  • L.C.P.C., Wisconsin

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CL 661: Psychodynamic Approaches to Difference

  • CCP 515: Professional Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy

  • Adolescent Development and Emerging Adulthood

  • Adulthood and Aging

  • Psychodynamic Psychology III: Object Relations

  • Psychodynamic Psychology I & II: Freud

Awards & Honors

  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social
    Welfare, 2012

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society