The Institute for Clinical Social Work

June 23, 2017 Register Now

Summer in the City: The Therapeutic Attitude


Summer in the City: The Therapeutic Attitude (Full Series)

What does it mean to be “therapeutic”?  What are the unique characteristics and attitudes that shape a therapeutic experience, whether it be a single meeting or a longer term clinical process? This series, using clinical theory in combination with personal and case examples from small panels of ICSW faculty and doctoral students, will explore the fundamentals of the therapeutic attitude.  The objective of the series is to deepen the clinician’s reflectivity and self-awareness in his/her work.

There will be nine consecutive weekly sessions:  Freedom, Curiosity, Courage, Imagination, Authenticity, Faith, Listening, Empathy, Play.  Sessions can be attended and purchased singly, or as an entire series.

Series Outline

June 23:  CURIOSITY:  Sarah Goldberg, Joan Servatius

June 30:  FREEDOM:  Merari Fernandez, Linda Gross, Greg Rizzolo

July 7:  EMPATHY:  Connie Goldberg, Cheryl Neuman Meltzer

July 14:  PLAY:  Kerstin Blumhardt, Susan Chen, Paige LaCava, Kevin McMahon

July 21:  LISTENING:  Cate DesJardins, Woody Faigen

July 28:  AUTHENTICITY:  Caroline Moore, Gina Shropshire

August 4:  COURAGE:  Karen Daiter, Kate Freese, Michelle Sweet

August 11:  FAITH:  Gina Shropshire, Jennifer Tolleson

August 18:  IMAGINATION:  Paula Ammerman, Andrea Barbour

Series faculty include:  Paula Ammerman, Andrea Barbour, Kerstin Blumhardt, Susan Chen, Karen Daiter, Caitlin DesJardins, Sherwood Faigen, Merari Fernandez-Castro, Kathleen Freese, Connie Goldberg, Sarah Goldberg, Linda Gross, Paige LaCava, Kevin McMahon, Caroline Moore, Cheryl Neuman Meltzer, Greg Rizzolo, Joan Servatius, Gina Shropshire, Michelle Sweet, Jennifer Tolleson

When & Where

Fridays, June 23-August 18, 2017
9:00 – 12:00 pm

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

Registration & CEUs


$315 for entire series (27 CEU’s), or $45 per session individually (3 CEU’s each).

ICSW student rate:  $225 for entire series/$35 per session individually; Clinicians working in agencies may register at the student rate through Elizabeth Oller (

Queries should be directed to Jennifer Tolleson (, ICSW faculty and series Chair.

*Please note that individual CEU event registration will open April 2017


For questions or more information contact Elizabeth Oller or (312) 935-4245.