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Summer in the City: Freedom

In this workshop we will discuss how a psychotherapist’s sense of personal and political freedom intersects with the clinical encounter. It is in the context of the personal meaning of freedom that the psychotherapist becomes aware of its place in our clinical work. Each presenter will share their own experiences regarding the meaning of freedom and will offer clinical examples in which dilemmas with this therapeutic dimension are explored.


Merari Fernadez is a Clinical Social Worker in solo private practice in Chicago and a doctoral student at the ICSW. Throughout her work at various community agencies and private practice settings, she has developed an interest in working with individuals experiencing complicated traumatic life experiences as well as in the body’s response to suffering. She is also interested in the intersection of social justice, feminism, cultural identity, immigration and the experience of the unconscious.

Linda Gross, LCSW is a clinician in a therapeutic milieu program for adults affected by persistent mental illness. She has worked with young adults who received political asylum in the U.S. as survivors of torture. Since 2013, Linda has been a mentor in the fellowship program of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. She has a private practice working with individuals and couples and is a student at ICSW. Her work is informed by psychoanalytic theory.

Gregory S Rizzolo, LCPC is on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and is candidate in psychoanalytic training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  His writing focuses on the intersection of psychoanalytic theory, epistemology and ethics.  He has published recent work in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.  He maintains a private practice in in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Chicago

When & Where

Friday, June 30, 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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