The Institute for Clinical Social Work

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Mothers as Clinicians: The Influence on Clinical Work

Our workshop will explore, through clinical and personal vignettes, the rich and complex relationship between being a mother and a clinician. The co-existence of these subjectivities presents clinical and personal opportunities as well as complexities. Our knowledge gained through mothering can expand us as clinicians–deepening our understanding of development, attachment, and primary relationships. Our knowledge gained through clinical work can inform our parenting ideals, priorities and choices. Being a mother and a clinician also has the potential to present countertransference and personal challenges when our more vulnerable and ambivalent experiences of mothering get stimulated in our clinical work, effecting us, our work with patients and at times impacting our most intimate personal relationships.


Andrea Harris Alpert, PhD, LCSW has been on the Faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work since 2015 and Chair of the Admissions Committee starting in 2017.  Dr. Alpert received her Master’s degree at Columbia University in New York and her doctorate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.  Her doctoral dissertation is entitled The Vicissitudes of Hope in the Psychoanalytic Clinician.   Dr. Alpert maintains a private practice in Downtown Chicago where she works with adolescents, adults, and couples. She is also a wife and mother of two girls ages fourteen and sixteen. She loves to travel with her family, spend time with extended family and friends and take long walks on the lakefront with her dog.

Katherine Freese, LISW, MSW is a PhD student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work having finished her third year in May of this year. She received her master of social work degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in May of 2015. Katherine works for a community mental health center in rural Northwest Iowa as a therapist and supervisor for eight clinicians. Katherine is very interested in co-occurring disorders and the impact of trauma on mental health and substance abuse. Katherine is also a wife and mother of three children ages twenty-three, twenty-one, and seventeen. In her spare time she enjoys fitness, healthy cooking and eating, knitting, and time with family and friends.

When & Where

Friday, June 22, 2018
9:00 – 12:00 pm

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

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $50.00 / $40.00 (Full-time student & clinician rate)

Please email Sebastién Beaudet for reduced rate.

THIS EVENT IS AVAILABLE VIA LIVE STREAM – to stream this event, please complete registration and then contact Sebastién Beaudet.

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

The Institute for Clinical Social Work, License # 159-0000152, is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)


For questions or more information contact LaTrina Gamer or (312) 935-4245.

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