Extension Division Program: Year 1

Audrey Dunn, LCSW and Danny Yu, LCSW, Co-Chairs

Foundations of Psychodynamic Clinical Work in Community Mental Health Settings

This 18-week course is designed for early career and experienced clinicians practicing in diverse community mental health and social work settings who wish to strengthen their theoretical foundation. We welcome those who are interested in understanding how psychodynamic thinking can be applied in relevant ways to enhance effective and gratifying work. We also welcome those who are willing to question established notions of psychodynamic thinking so that we become more relevant to the communities we serve.

As clinicians in public and community settings, we often feel devalued and challenged by complicated circumstances in our clients’ lives and limited resources to help them. Many of our agencies cannot offer the space to think together, to support and understand our work experiences.

We offer this course as a space to think together about the clients and systems with which we work, and how a psychodynamic approach can be utilized in any public or community mental health setting. We will reconsider our ideas about our clients, what helps, and our expectations for helping. Finally, we will look at the places and culture in which we work and how the psychological milieu affects our sense of value and purpose as clinicians and providers of mental health services.

The Enrico Jones Fund for Equality and Excellence is offering a tuition credit for this program. It is available to licensed therapists and people working toward licensure who self-identify as a Person of Color for CCSW participants, at $300 per applicant. Visit the Enrico Jones Fund for Equality and Excellence webpage for details.

Dates: Thursdays, January 4, 2024 – May 2, 2024
Time: 07:00pm – 08:30pm
Sessions: 18 sessions
Location: Online via ZOOM
Program Fee: $ 360  General
$ 335  SFCP Members
Maximum Class Size: 12 to 14 participants

Clinical Sensibility

In this first seminar, we set the tone by sharing together the similarities and differences in experience as social workers. We will define and explore how a psychodynamic way of thinking can be applied, relevant, and helpful to any social work role – as clinician, case manager, supervisor, etc. We will critically examine what we mean by applied psychodynamic thinking. We intend to stimulate the social worker’s thinking and interest about one’s work and the setting in which one provides services.

     Laura Farha, LCSW, Mdiv
     Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 2024

What Helps?

This seminar will introduce and illustrate different modes of working with clients, each of which can be of help at the right moment. We will discuss the powerful urge to act on behalf of one’s client, and the pitfalls of attending primarily to behaviorally oriented interventions without keeping the whole person in mind. We will explore the importance of listening and the subtle aspects of the social worker-client relationship that foster psychological growth.

     Julia St. George, LCSW
     Thursdays, January 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2024

Who Is This Client? Diagnosis and Case Formulation

This seminar will focus on developing a multidimensional understanding of the unique aspects of each client. Formulation integrates the complex interplay of developmental history, trauma, conflict and the emergence of a unique personality. We will explore how a mind develops both as an adaptation to, and the expression of troubles in, a particular life lived. Discussion will attend to ways case formulation guides the services provided and helps shape goals of the work.

     Timothy Sasaki, LCSW, MPH
     Thursdays, February 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024

The Micro in the Macro: Locating Ourselves in Agencies, Groups, and Culture

Finally, we will engage in a detailed assessment of the agency settings in which we work and explore how the setting powerfully affects the work we do within it. Utilizing a structured outline and guided discussion, we will look at the agency culture and our relationship to it. We will consider how our own expectations and frustrations interact with the demands of the agency. By looking closely at our own agencies, we will develop alternative ways to relate to this under-examined yet highly complex relationship in our working lives.

     Beth Kita, LCSW, PhD
     Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 2024

Wrap Up Meeting

A final meeting will be devoted for a final group gathering and potluck to further rehash the course, and to discuss Year Two and options for further involvement.

Readers Fee

Charges for reading material required for the seminars are not included in tuition. They are based upon copyright laws and change based on the content of the readers. The charges will be billed to you separately. Please submit your registration two weeks in advance in order to receive reading materials before the course starting date.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Ken Epstein, PhD, LCSW, Gary Grossman, PhD, and Maria Longuemare, MD, PhD (presenters); Clara Kwun, LCSW (moderator)
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Child Colloquium Series
Mary Brady, PhD (presenter); Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P (discussant, will join via ZOOM from London); Sharon Tyson, PhD (moderator)
Wednesdays, October 4 to October 25, 2023
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Marty Mulkey, MFT (instructor)
Thursdays, October 5 to October 26, 2023
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Lea Brown, LCSW, and Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, October 6, 2023 to April 5, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Celeste Schneider, PhD, Frederick Huang, MD, Adam Blum, PsyD, Peter Goldberg, PhD, Michael Levin, PsyD, Israel Katz, MD, and Ortal Kirson-Trilling, PsyD, FIPA (instructors)
Fridays, October 20, 2023 to June 28, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Jan Chess, PhD, MFT, Graeme Daniels, PhD, Elizabeth Stuart, MD, Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, Gary Grossman, PhD, and Benjamin Morsa, PsyD (instructors)
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Darian Leader (interviewee); Israel Katz, MD (interviewer); Patricia Marra, MFT (moderator)
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Child Colloquium Series
Kira Steifman, PsyD, and Deborah Weisinger, PsyD (presenters); Yen Quoc, PsyD (moderator)
Monday, December 4, 2023
Scientific Meetings
Mitchell Wilson, MD (presenter)
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