Sherwood Faigen, MA

Sherwood Faigen is ICSW’s Conceptual Foundations Coordinator, a member of the Curriculum Committee, an instructor in the Conceptual Foundations and Clinical Sequences, a clinical consultant, and a member of dissertation committees.  Mr. Faigen maintains a private practice of psychotherapy for adults and adolescents, provides help for parents to understand and relate more effectively to their children, and works with couples regarding relationship difficulties. In addition, he provides clinical consultation to psychotherapists. A graduate of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Therapy Program, his primary interests include intensive psychodynamic treatment with adolescents and adults and the interface between psychodynamic theory and the practice of clinical work with a variety of populations and settings.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Psychodynamic Process; Psychodynamic Work with Non-Traditional Populations; The Unconscious in Clinical Work


  • B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • Courses in Political Science, London School of Economics, London, England

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

  • Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Therapy, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis , Chicago, IL


  • L.C.S.W., Illinois

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CL 613: Case Conference III

  • CL 614: Case Conference IV

  • ES 444: Obstacles to the Therapeutic Process

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting

  • Research Advising

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Service Award, ICSW

  • Elsa Reinhart Award, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

Significant Publications

  • Faigen, S. (2000). Book Review. Harry Stack Sullivan: Interpersonal Theory and Psychotherapy, by F. Barton Evans. In Psychodynamic Counselling, 6(1).


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