The AAPCSW Committees are as follows:
- Communications / Outreach Committee
- Diversity and Social Action Committee
- Education Committee
- Membership Committee
Questions? Contact your Committee Chair Person.
Communications / Outreach Committee
The Communications / Outreach Committee is comprised of Hospitality, Legislation, the AAPCSW Listserv, the AAPCSW Newsletter, and the Twitter Committee. Please contact the Communications Committee with your comments and questions.
Through its Legislative Subcommittee — AAPCSW is joining with national organizations to, “express our deep concerns about false and harmful attempts to link mental illness and gun violence.”
Diversity and Social Action Committee
Please contact the Diversity and Social Action Committee with comments and questions.
- Uvalde Murders and Gun Violence Prevention
(June 8, 2022)
- Texas Governor's New Assault On Transgender Minors And Their Families
(March 14, 2022)
- Atlanta Murders
(March 29, 2021)
- January 6, 2021 — Attack On United States Capitol
(January 13, 2021)
- Tragic Murders and Racial Justice
(July 1, 2020)
- AAPCSW Response to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and Confidentiality Violation
(March 2, 2020)
- AAPCSW Response to the “ZERO-TOLERANCE Policy” and the Child / Family Status of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
(June 26, 2018)
- AAPCSW Response to The Executive Order Eliminating the DACA Program and Recent ICE Raids on Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants
(October 23, 2017)
- AAPCSW Response to the Unfolding Executive Order - Immigration & Travel Ban
(February 21, 2017)
For the purpose of promoting excellence in clinical social work practice, the mission of the Diversity and Social Action Committee is to provide opportunities for expanded conversations regarding the centrality of focused attention to intersections of sociocultural factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, religion and age. A core component of the mission involves recognizing the consequences when diversity and “othering” sets the stage for the abuses of power and marginalization of individuals, families and communities based on one or more social identities.
The conceptual framework of the mission is informed by considering psychoanalytically informed clinical social work practice as a meaning-making process, our professional values (social justice, worth and dignity of the individual, and self- determination) and the contemporary knowledge of self/other dynamics which supports the assertion that at some level, we are constituted by each other's Otherness. As such, the integration of matters of diversity not just as additional layers of experience, but rather as the core experience of self is essential to psychoanalytically-informed clinical social work. Furthermore, our understanding of the interplay of the internal and external world in human functioning affirms the importance of our commitment to social action and advocacy when disempowering and devaluing beliefs and actions arise on an individual, interpersonal and societal level.
The objectives of the Committee are achieved through various means including preparation of position statements, collaboration with other organizations on health and mental health projects, presentations at our national conferences, co-sponsorship with AAPCSW Area-Chairs and Committees in arranging local seminars, publications, and outreach to outside educational institutions.
The Education Committee includes the Education Committee, the Child and Adolescent Committee, Graduate Education, and the 2025 Conference Planning Committee.
Child and Adolescent Committee
The AAPCSW Child and Adolescent Committee is a national committee of psychoanalysts and clinical social workers whose aims are:
- To promote and expand the educational mission of the AAPCSW by including work with children, adolescents, and their parents.
- To develop a national presence for social workers who are child clinicians, clinicians practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
- To disseminate knowledge of child and adolescent practice, including working with parents.
To share your comments and questions about member related issues, contact the Membership Committee.