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Summer in the City: Play

This seminar will serve as an exploration of the variety of ways that play can be useful in clinical work with both children and adults.  Panelists will address theory and literature related to play while also exploring clinicians’ experiences in treatment.  We will explore how play as a therapeutic stance can be used to open up new spaces in our clinical work.  The panel will be sharing case vignettes that highlight these concepts, as well as encouraging participants to share their questions and curiosities about how the notion of “play” can be incorporated into their work.


Kerstin Blumhardt, Ph.D is an instructor in the master’s and doctoral programs at ICSW.   In this capacity, she teaches clinical practice courses and provides case consultation to students.   She also maintains a private practice in Burr Ridge, IL where she works with children, adolescents, and adults.   Dr. Blumhardt’s areas of clinical expertise include psychodynamic family therapy, child and adolescent psychotherapy, and couples treatment.

Susan Chen has been working clinically with children and their families since 2007. She has led therapeutic groups for young children, done individual work with both  children and adults, and currently focuses on family work with young children and families. She has experience in working with children with developmental delays, ADHD, anxiety, depression, regulation difficulties, trauma and grief/loss.  Susan is a graduate of the Erikson Institute and Loyola University’s Dual Degree Program, where she obtained a Master’s in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s in Social Work. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.

Paige LaCava, LCPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Evanston, IL.   She received her Masters degree from Northwestern University, studied further to earn a certificate in Adult Psychotherapy from the Institute for Psychoanalysis, and trained in group psychotherapy to become a CGP (certified group psychotherapist) before returning to The Institute for Clinical Social Work’s doctoral program in 2013.   Despite a dedication to learning and education, Paige holds equal regard for the Eastern concept ‘beginner’s mind,’ which is an attitude of openness, eagerness and an absence of preconceptions.  Thus, her approach to relational psychotherapy attempts to blend both discipline and flexibility.

Kevin McMahon is on the faculty of ICSW, teaching courses and providing consultation in the master’s and doctoral programs as well as working on dissertation and other committees. He also maintains a private practice in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Kevin is a graduate of the Child and Adolescents Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.

When & Where

Friday, July 14, 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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