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Joan Berzoff, M.S.W., Ed.D

Joan Berzoff, M.S.W., Ed.D


Female Friendships and their functions in promoting women’s development, 1985, Boston University

Dr. Joan Berzoff is Professor Emerita at the Smith College School for Social Work where she served as Co-Director of the Doctoral Program for thirteen years and as Chair of Human Behavior in the Social Environment for over twenty years. At Smith, she also developed and directed the End of Life Certificate Program for fifteen years. In addition, she has maintained a private practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults for over forty- three years. She has also taught at the U. of Penn. Doctoral Program, The Training Institute in NY, and regularly speaks nationally and internationally on psychodynamic theory and practice with vulnerable populations, on issues of death, dying and bereavement, on doctoral education and on many other topics.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Functions of Countertransference: The Clinicians Privileged Instrument /Psychodynamic Enactments in the Relational Paradigm; Trauma/ Psychodynamic; Dissociation and Systemic Reactions to Trauma in Child Welfare System / Psychodynamic; Primary Objects and Schizoid Defenses in Treatment / Psychodynamic


  • B.S. Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • M.S.W Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA
  • Ed.D Boston University, Boston, MA


  • LICSW, Massachusetts

Awards and honors

  • Recipient of first Soros Award for Social Work Leadership in End of Life Care
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, NASW
  • Outstanding Scholar Award, National Academies of Practice
  • Nominated for Gravida Award for Falling through the Cracks
  • Nominated for the Goethe Award for Falling through the Cracks

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CLDL 712: Perspectives on Human Suffering

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Division 39, APA
  • NASW

Significant Publications

  • Berzoff, J. and Silverman,P. (2005). Living with Dying: A Handbook of end of life care practitioners. NY: Columbia U . Press.
  • Berzoff, J., Hertz, P and L. Flanagan, ( 1996, 2001, 2010, 2016) Inside out and outside In: Psychodynamic theory and practice in multicultural settings. MD: Roman and Littlefield Press. 4 editions
  • Berzoff, J. (2010) Falling through the cracks: Psychodynamic practice with vulnerable and at risk populations. NY: Columbia U Press
  • Cohen, L, Elin, M. & Berzoff, J. (1996). Dissociative identity disorders: Controversies in the diagnosis and treatment. NY: Jason Aronson Press.
  • Joseph, O., Berzoff, J., & Dobbie, K. (2009). Successfully increasing palliative care social work ICU referrals. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life Care, 5(3-4), 201-215.


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