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Summer in the City: Listening

The most basic task of the psychotherapist who is psychodynamically oriented is to listen in sessions. At first glance we think we know what this means. After all, we listen to others every day, in all areas of our lives. Yet this apparently simple idea, which underlies our professional functioning, covers highly complex and subtle aspects of clinical interaction. This workshop will examine some of these complexities and attempt to arrive at a clinically useful way of thinking about this elusive concept. We will discuss such questions as, what do we listen for?; how do we listen?; how do our theories organize or narrow our listening?; is there such a thing as “objective” listening?; do we listen in ways other than with our ears?;  what additional modes of perception must we mobilize as we listen?


Cate Desjardins is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in the Detroit metro area, working with adolescents and adults. Cate is also a third year doctoral student in the ICSW distance Ph.D. program.

Sherwood Faigen is ICSW’s Conceptual Foundations Coordinator, a member of the Curriculum Committee, an instructor in the Conceptual Foundations and Clinical Sequences, a clinical consultant, and a member of dissertation committees.  Mr. Faigen maintains a private practice of psychotherapy for adults and adolescents, provides help for parents to understand and relate more effectively to their children, and works with couples regarding relationship difficulties. In addition, he provides clinical consultation to psychotherapists. A graduate of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Therapy Program, his primary interests include intensive psychodynamic treatment with adolescents and adults and the interface between psychodynamic theory and the practice of clinical work with a variety of populations and settings.

When & Where

Friday, July 21, 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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