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Expanding the Scope of Intervention: The Essential Role of Parents in Child and Adolescent Treatment

There are a variety of reasons why parents contact therapists on behalf of their children. It is often at a point of urgency and intense concern for the well being of their child that they will seek an evaluation.   Over the years, we have learned that treatment is most effective when parents are included in the treatment process.  Parents are the most influential figures in their child’s life, yet they often have minimal involvement in the course of treatment. This neglect of including parents in the clinical work with children frequently leads to treatment ruptures and premature terminations.  This seminar will provide guidelines on incorporating parenting work into child therapy.  We will present different modalities and interventions for parent work, as well as present effective strategies that engage parents in ways that establish and maintain the treatment alliance and expand the range of intervention. Baker and Blumhardt will make use of clinical case material to illustrate their perspectives.



Kerstin Blumhardt, Ph.D is a faculty member at The Institute for Clinical Social Work.  She is a case consultant for students and an instructor in both the master’s and doctoral programs.  She maintains a private practice in Burr Ridge, IL where she works with children, adolescents, and adults.

Karen E. Baker, LMSW, MSW is on the faculty of ICSW in the distance-learning program 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.

When & Where

Friday, March 10, 2017
6:00 – 8:30 pm

At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Suite 822
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $20.00

Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.

About this Series

This series explores the relevance for psychoanalytic thinking in a practical and creative manner.


For questions or more information contact Elizabeth Oller or (312) 935-4245.