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Summer in the City: Courage

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. Thucydides

This summer series explores courage: how to stand in the spaces that scare us and find ways to act in the face of profound pain or fear.  It takes courage to join our patients in the places they most seek to avoid and to unflinchingly let these places become known.  Join us for a discussion about courageous clinical moments and how to manage the impulse to reassure, mitigate or in other ways distance from the rawness of feeling one often lives with alone.


Karen Daiter, Ph.D is a psychotherapist & educator working in private practice with children, adolescents and adults.  She is on faculty at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and also a clinical consultant for The Juvenile Protection Agency and L’Arche-Chicago.   She is a prior Head of School for City Elementary and has also worked in other school setting. Her interests include diverse learners, mind/body integration and the integration of psych-dynamic and developmental issues.  She is interested in how systems work.

Kate Freese will finish her second year as a PhD student at ICSW in May 2017. She lives in Alta, Iowa and works for Seasons Center for Behavioral Health in Storm Lake, Iowa. Kate wears several hats at Seasons Center including outpatient therapist, adult specialist, and supervisor to eight-outpatient therapists. Kate is receiving training to become a certified substance abuse counselor and will lead the substance abuse discipline at Seasons Center. Kate is interested in the effects of trauma and attachment on mental health.

Michelle Sweet, Ph.D earned her PhD in clinical social worker from ICSW and her Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the National Training Program at NIP in New York.  Dr. Sweet is a research and clinical consultant at ICSW and serves as a mentor in the fellowship program at Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.  In addition to her private practice in Chicago and Hinsdale where she works with individuals and couples, she provides group and individual consultation to new professionals.

When & Where

Friday, August 4, 2017
9:00 – 12:00 pm

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

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $45.00

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


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

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