American Association for
Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

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Events - 2014

When Less is More: The Therapist's Use of Self with a Narcissistically Vulnerable Adult Patient

September 18, 2014 | Chicago, Illinois
Presented by Chicago Chapter and Institute for Clinical Social Work

Program Flyer

Andrea Harris Alpert explores the complexities of working with an adult patient whose early deprivation and subsequent limited functioning in adulthood result in the use of the therapist to fulfill rudimentary selfobject functions. This transference relationship presents countertransference challenges for the therapist in terms of tolerating periods of uncertainty in the treatment and the desire to &lquo;do more.” Following a case presentation, Constance Goldberg will lead a discussion of the salient clinical issues that emerged from the clinical material presented.


Andrea Harris Alpert, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with adolescents and adults for 20 years and has maintained a private practice in downtown Chicago for the last 14 years. Dr. Alpert received her Master's degree at Columbia University in New York and her doctorate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled “The Vicissitudes of Hope in the Psychoanalytic Clinician.”


Constance Goldberg, M.S., L.C.S.W., B.C.D, provides clinical consultation and dissertation advisement at ICSW. Her clinical expertise is adult psychotherapy for individuals and couples. She is interested in researching what constitutes therapeutic action and what accounts for change. Ms. Goldberg enjoys being a member of the ICSW community because of the spirit of collegiality and the commitment to the highest levels of clinical practice and teaching.


The American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work is a professional organization whose aim is to provide an organizational identity for social work professionals engaged in psychoanalytically informed practice.

About ICSW

The Institute for Clinical Social Work offers a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy and a PhD in Clinical Social Work. ICSW develops scholar practitioners, advances knowledge, and deepens the quality of psychodynamic clinical practice.

Criminalization of the Mentally Ill: A Way Out

October 25, 2014 | Irvine, California
Presented by Orange County Chapter

Registration Form and Program
Early Registration Requested | 5 CEUs

Time: 10:00 – 4:00 (lunch provided)
Fees: $100.00 before October 1st or $110.00 thereafter
Location: USC School of Social Work, Irvine
19600 Fairchild Road, Suite 130, Irvine, California 92612 [ MAP ]

Contact: Karen Redding, LCSW, PhD.: (949) 715-7007 | kredding@mac.com

“… More than one-third of the entire prison and jail population in the United States is estimated to have serious mental illness. That means there are more than 350,000 people in our country with serious mental illness who are in jails and prisons—ten times the number of people in psychiatric hospitals.” The justice system keeps people with mental illness locked into a revolving-door cycle of incarceration, without ever providing the mental health treatment people need to get out of the system. Every stage of the legal-justice process perpetuates this cycle, setting people up for failure. In this day long seminar, experts from a legal, psychiatric, and social work perspective will inform and deepen our awareness of this growing problem and offer both legal and policy interventions to break the cycle. This Seminar will also allow for small group dialogue and discussion.

Our Panel will include:

Lori Rifkin, Esq, is a civil rights lawyer with over a decade of experience to ensure that people are treated in accordance with the Constitution's precepts of freedom, equality, and justice. She has worked on behalf of prisoners and parolees across the country in her role as a private civil rights lawyer, an ACLU staff attorney, and a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Conrad Fuentes, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education, USC, School of Social Work. Having been a youth at high risk, Conrad will speak in an up-close and personal manner about his early trauma experiences, particularly in the midst of a gang culture with many of his peers having been sent to jail. Having access to psychotherapy and other mental health services changed his life and the path that he took in becoming a licensed clinical social worker. Today, he is dedicated to working with youth at high risk.

Edward Kaufman, MD, has worked in prisons and jails intermittently for 50 years. He has been the director of two mental health systems in correctional facilities and an evaluator of prison psychiatric care in many settings. He is currently writing a book on the evolution of criminalization of mental illness and possible solutions to this raging epidemic.

After attending this Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the stages of the legal-justice system that keeps the mentally-ill person in prison
  • Identify legal and social policy interventions to break this cycle

For Information Contact:
Karen Redding, LCSW, PhD.: 949-715-7007 kredding@mac.com

Regional Funding for Conferences and Education Programs

AAPCSW has created a pilot project for allocating funds of up to $5000 to be loaned to local areas, regions for educational programs. The purpose of this project is to encourage regional programs that do not have the scope of our bi-annual conference, but require some financial support to develop. Such conferences could be a day or a day and ½ in length, draw on local and national expertise and would be aimed at attracting an audience from beyond the immediate local area.

The first allocation of these funds (a maximum of $5000) would be for a conference to be held in 2014. Preference will be given to proposals that are timely in topic and include social workers as the primary presenters. Proposals for this money need to be submitted by January 31, 2014.

Guidelines [24KB .doc]
Regional Funding Proposal Application [55KB .doc ]

Archived Events

Romancing the Alliance: Understanding Sexual Attraction Between Client and Therapist

June 14, 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Presented by the Northern California Chapter

Co-Chairs: Velia Frost, LCSW & Rita Karuna Cahn, LCSW
Presenter: Linda Alperstein, LCSW

Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Home office of Gabie Berliner, PhD, LCSW
120 Commonwealth Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 [ map ]
Contact: (415) 751-3766 | Seating is limited. RSVP to: ritakaruna@mac.com

In our private lives, we can respond to sexual feelings without having to analyze them. While we learn about legal and ethical consequences of sexual involvement with clients, we are rarely trained to examine the meanings of sexual feelings in the therapeutic alliance. Yet the failure to integrate an understanding of erotic feelings into the process of therapy can diminish or destroy the usefulness of our work. In this presentation we will consider motivations for eroticized transference countertransference, examining how needs for intimacy and distraction, or expressions of dependency, aggression and narcissism can become sexualized during psychotherapy. We will discuss the vulnerabilities involved and various therapeutic strategies that safeguard the work while respecting the needs and feelings of both client and clinician. Your own clinical examples are welcome for the discussion.

Linda Perlin Alperstein, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry. She has taught human sexuality to medical and mental health professionals since 1976. She has had a private practice since 1972, working with a wide variety of couples and individuals. When California implemented a new law in 1978, requiring all mental and medical health professionals to have ten hours of training in human sexuality, she was hired by the NASW to teach human sexuality throughout the state.


1. To recognize overt and covert signs of sexual attraction between client and therapist and comprehend the psychological meanings of erotic feelings as they occur during the process of therapy.

3. To learn to respond to these signs in a respectful, ethical and professionally therapeutic manner.

4.To know when to seek consultation in order to address the ethical and clinical issues involved, and to be able to work with thoughtful objectivity for the benefit of the client at times when personal needs may conflict with professional considerations.

Lesbian Parenting: Facts and Fantasies

January 11, 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Presented by the Northern California Chapter

Co-Chairs: Velia Frost, LCSW & Rita Karuna Cahn, LCSW

Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Home Office of Gabie Berliner, PhD, LCSW
120 Commonwealth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118 [ Map ]
Contact: (415) 751-3766 | Seating is limited. RSVP to: ritakaruna@mac.com

Dr. Linder observes that, “intentional lesbian parenting is a relatively recent socio-cultural phenomenon. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we have one of the largest lesbian parenting communities in the country, and in fact, in the world.” She will present research findings from her Sanville Institute doctoral dissertation, “Lesbian Non-biological Mothers/Parents During the Transition to Parenthood,” and she will share fantasies of lesbian mothers and parents from her interviews and clinical work. Her presentation will address relationship satisfaction, division of labor, gender dynamics, sex, and point to contrasts with opposite sex parenting couples. The transition to parenthood and the role of the non-biological mother/parent will be emphasized. As always, we welcome your observations and countertransference experiences from your own clinical work.

Janet Linder, PhD, LCSW is in private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley for nearly three decades. She is on the faculties of the Women's Therapy Center and The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley. She leads a weekly supervision group for new therapists, and specializes in working with trauma, addiction, gender, parenting, and couples.  She received her PhD from the Sanville Institute.

Conference: Cultural Awareness in Psychodynamic Practice:
Implications for Clinical Technique and Research

February 2, 2014 | Washington, DC

AAPCSW is a co-sponsor of the conference.
Visit: www.cprincdc.org

Unity & Diversity: Psychoanalytic Fair, A Historic Gathering

February 8, 2014 | New York, NY

Conference Poster
Website: psychoanalyticfair.org

Interested in psychoanalytic training? Wondering about psychoanalysis and its different traditions? Come gather with all the institutes conveniently under one roof for an unprecedented and historic event! On Saturday, February 8th The Psychoanalytic Fair will present a unique opportunity to learn about the multiple avenues for psychoanalytic training available in the NYC and Tri-State area, and to engage the audience in a dialogue about the role of psychoanalysis in the 21st century.

The day will feature information booths and an exciting panel with:
Lewis Aron, Ph.D. - A Psychotherapy for the People
Richard Reichbart, Ph.D. - Black Psychoanalysts Speak
Sherry Salman, Ph.D. - Dreams of Totality
Frank Summers, Ph.D. - The Psychoanalytic Vision
Jamieson Webster, Ph.D. - The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis

Co-sponsored by:
APA Division 39 - American Psychological Association: Psychoanalysis
NYSPA Division of Psychoanalysis - New York State Psychological Association
NAAP - National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
AAPCSW - American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
ABAP, inc. - The American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc.
APsaA - American Psychoanalytic Association
ACPEinc - The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc.
Psi Chi - International Honor Society in Psychology
Teachers College Career Services

Providing Mental Health Services Legally and Ethically in
the Age of Cyberspace

February 8, 2014 | Los Angeles, CA
Presented by Southern California Chapter Law & Ethics Training for the Advanced Clinician

Event Program

Presenter: Carole Bender, JD, LCSW
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: The Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 90049 [ Map ]
CEU's: 6 BBS CEU Credits
Cost: $125.00 (Includes light breakfast & lunch)

To register call or email:
Pat Walter, MFT/ATR: 818-990 5499 / patriciasuewalter@hotmail.com or
Pat Sable, PhD: 310-476-0928 / patsable@icloud.com

Carole Bender, JD,LCSW, is Past President of the CSCSW and Past Chair of their Standards and Ethics Committee. She has presented training on law and ethics to mental health clinicians in hospital and agency settings, schools of social work, as well as at national and state conferences.

Submitted by Carole Bender, JD, LCSW, Board Member of the AAPCSW Southern California Chapter.

The Complexity of Human Bonds: Its Impact on Treatment

April 5, 2014 | New York, NY
Presented by the New York Chapter

Program & Registration Form

Registration & breakfast: 8:45 – 9:30am | Program: 9:30 - 1:30pm
The Allen-Stevenson School
132 East 78 Street, New York, NY [ Map ]

Michael Stone, Stuart Perlman, Lou Pansulla, Ellyn Freedman, Susan Sherman (moderator)

Committee Members:
Penny Rosen (Chair), Janet Burak, Michael De Simone, Ellyn Freedman, Roslyn Goldner, Dianne Kaminsky, Sanda Bragman Lewis, Barbara O’Connor, Louis Pansulla, Myrna Ram, Roberta Shechter, Diana Siskind, Carol Thea.

Erotic Feelings within the Therapeutic Relationship:
Transference-Countertransference Or is it love? Personal, Technical and Ethical Considerations

April 12, 2014 | Chapel Hill, NC
Presented by the North Carolina Chapter

Program & Registration Form

Registration and Refreshments: 8:30 am
Workshop: 9:00 - 11:00 am
UNC School of Social Work - Room 135
325 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 [ Map ]

Registration Contact:
Archana Aragon
Email: archana.aragon@gmail.com
Tel: (919) 608-4821

Cost for Early Registration:
$30 for AAPCSW Members
$40 for Non-members
$10 for Students or Candidates
NOTE: If check is received after April 5, 2014 please add an additional $15 *
* UNC Students are not subject to this additional fee.
Two Ethics/Contact hours will be available for this event.

Panel: Terrie Baker, LCSW, Heather Craige, LCSW, Emory Gross, LCSW, BCD

Presentation: This workshop begins with the viewing of a recording of a renowned psychoanalyst as he interviews a patient (actually, an actress) who expresses her wish for the therapist to acknowledge her feminine attractiveness. The therapist proceeds to demonstrate his technique and manner of responding to this women. Our panelists will provide commentary on the analyst’s response, and offer further thoughts and insights on the challenges of sexual desire within the therapeutic relationship.

Panel Discussants

Terrie Baker, MS, MSW, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice serving adults in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. Ms. Baker is co-chair of the NC chapter of AAPCSW and is Associate Director of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas where she also serves on the Curriculum, Psychoanalytic Education and Governance Committees. She also serves on the Boards of the NC Psychoanalytic Society and the NC Foundation.

Heather Craige, MSW, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice serving children and adults in Raleigh. She was a founding board member of the Lucy Daniels Foundation, a co-founder of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of NC, and served as Chair of the NC Psychoanalytic Foundation. She teaches courses on attachment and contemporary psychoanalytic theories through the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas and provides supervision and case consultation to clinicians at all levels of experience.

Emery Gross, LCSW, BCD, is faculty, training and supervising analyst at The New York Institute for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and The Harlem Family Institute; a founding member of The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and Coordinator of the Committee of the Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He is a former President of the New York Society of Clinical Social Work (Metropolitan Chapter), in private practice and is a consultant to psychoanalysts.