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This course is only open to those students who completed the first year of SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL WORK WITH CLIENTS

Coalition for Clinical Social Work

Extension Program: Year Two

Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients

Audrey Dunn, LCSW, Chair

This 18-week course is a follow up course exclusively for those students who completed Year One of SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL WORK WITH CLIENTS.

In this 18-week course, we will delve further into the ways in which social work clinicians can sustain meaningful contact with their clients and professional identity in the face of overwhelming demands and experiences. We will look more closely at how we connect with, listen to, and support our clients. The realities of effects of race, class, immigration, aggression and trauma will be integrated throughout the course.

Dates: Wednesdays, January 8, 2020 - May 20, 2020
Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Sessions: 17 Sessions
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuition Fees: $ 315.00

Readers and CME/CE credit fees are not included in the tuition
see Policies Information tab for details
CME/CE: This program has been awarded a total of 25.5 CME/CE credits.
To Register: Click here to register for this program →

Social work depends on the continued cultivation of internal frames of practitioners to navigate psychoanalytic listening to the communications and experience of another.  In this course we will grapple with various ways of thinking about how we find ourselves orienting and disorienting in the service of holding and containing experience.  Through clinical material, this course will explore how we find ourselves framing, holding and containing when coming into contact with our minds and the mind of another in the clinical and social fields.

Lea Brown, LCSW
Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 12, 19, 2020
*no seminar meeting on February 5th, please join us for CCSW Clinical Evening Series
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Lea Brown, LCSW, has been clinical supervisor of both infant-parent psychotherapy and early childhood mental health consultation at UCSF Infant-Parent Program for the past 15 years where she also serves as a field instructor for social work trainees.  Ms. Brown came to the Infant-Parent Program with twenty years of experience encompassing individual, child, and family psychotherapy, having worked in a number of clinical venues including the Center for the Family in Transition, Ann Martin Center, Travis Air Force Base Medical Center, and Napa State Hospital.  Ms. Brown also provides direct services in infant-parent psychotherapy, reflective practice groups, and ECMH consultation, as well as training for local and regional infant mental health and early intervention agencies.  She served for a number of years as faculty in the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program at the Smith College School of Social Work.  She maintains a private practice in Oakland.

Educational Objectives: 
Participant will be able to

  • develop a beginning understanding of the concept of “analytic listening”.
  • develop a beginning understanding of the analytic notion of “holding”.
  • develop a beginning understanding of the analytic notion of “containment.”
  • develop a beginning understanding of the concept “internal frame” and how it is beneficial in their work with clients.
  • demonstrate with clinical vignettes how these four concepts (above) may be applied to thinking through a spectrum of practice settings and cultural contexts

This seminar is about the importance of the client’s lived emotional life in the clinical relationship. Clients come to us feeling deadened, collapsed, enraged or destructively explosive. Aggression, imploded or exploded, is often at the heart of an individual’s suffering. Historical and social forces such as racism and poverty inform and compound our client’s distress. We will explore distinctions between developmentally healthy aggression, and aggression which is destructive towards self and others.  Throughout this seminar, we will discuss how the clinician’s survival, and capacity to think in the face of their client’s emotional turmoil, is central to the client’s healing and growth.

Danny Yu, LCSW
Wednesdays, February 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
This seminar has been awarded 7.5 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to

  • develop an understanding of Donald Winnicott’s perspective that aggression expressed and survived within a clinical relationship can be a critical aspect of the client’s growth and healing.
  • develop an understanding of how mental suffering can be caused by aggression turned on the self.
  • develop an understanding of imploded and exploded aggression as communications of the client’s adaptation to historical and social failures of the environment.
  • develop the capacity to recognize and intervene with clients who are destructive towards self and others.
  • develop an awareness of the clinician’s pull towards collapse or retaliation in the face of the client’s aggression.  Participants will develop an alternate stance that demonstrates the clinician’s survival, and facilitates the client’s emotional growth and development.

This seminar will explore our conscious and unconscious responses to clients, supervisors, work settings and critical incidents.  The core psychoanalytic concepts of transference and counter-transference will provide a foundation for our thinking. Through reading and clinical presentations we will immerse ourselves in thinking about the multi-faceted nature of our relationship to clients and our personal and professional responses. The seminar will conclude with a discussion about how personal life circumstances impact our work; Life circumstances may generate strengths as well as vulnerability in the social work clinician at any given time.  Issues of race, gender, class and trauma will be woven throughout our discussions. 

Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW
Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 13, 2019
*no seminar meeting on May 6th, please join us for CCSW Clinical Evening Series
This seminar has been awarded 9 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives:
Participant will be able to

  • to identify core psychoanalytic concepts of transference and counter-transference and how these concepts are relevant to work with clients in community settings.
  • develop greater awareness of internal and external pressures within the context of the therapeutic relationship that need conscious attention. Rather than enacting a response to a boundary pressure, participants will develop skills to recognize the indications of changing the terms of engagement.
  • proactively identify when countertransference responses and/or personal life circumstances necessitate the use consultation to steady their professional stance.
  • examine the impact of critical incidents in the community (and larger context) and explore ways of working to make conscious the emotional and psychological impact (direct and vicarious trauma) on themselves and clients.
  • develop critical thinking and awareness of the impact of race, class, culture, sexual orientation and gender as it influences the social work clinician’s identity and awareness of these important issues relative to the client’s identity.

This final meeting will be devoted to a final wrap up of years one and two.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


This course is designed for early career and recent graduate social workers, as well as more experienced social workers who wish to strengthen their theoretical foundation.  We welcome social workers that are interested in understanding how psychodynamic thinking can be applied to their work in relevant, useful, and dynamic ways.

If you have any questions about your level of preparation, please contact the Coalition for Clinical Social Work Extension Program Chair: Audrey Dunn, LCSW, at 415-751-3267.

Readers Fee

Charges for reading material required for the seminars are not included in tuition. Your readers will be prepared by CopyCentral, and the readers cost are based upon copyright laws and change based on the content of the readers.  The SFCP Office will inform you when your readers are available to be purchased from CopyCentral's website.  Please note that CopyCentral may take 2 weeks to print and mail the readers to you, so we recommend you to purchase them as soon as they become available.

CME/CE Credits Fee

The credits cost per hour is $10. SFCP has established a cap cost of $200 for credits requested per program. The cost of CME/CE credits is separate from the programs fees and billed individually upon the request for credits at the end of the seminar.

Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before December 8, 2019.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after December 9, 2019. There will be no refund for classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.
  • The Readers fee is not refundable.

CME/CE Credits Policy and Attendance Requirement

CMA / CME LogoThe San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.5 to 10.5 credits as listed for each individual program (please refer to the program description tab), AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE623, for 7.5 to 10.5 CE credits on an hour for hour basis (please refer to the program description tab).

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper). The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 02677, on an hour for hour basis.

SFCP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SFCP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Audrey Dunn, LCSW, Lea Brown, LCSW, Danny Yu, LCSW and Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

Physicians, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Registered Nurses will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ on an hour for hour basis; see the program description for the maximum of credits awarded for each program.

Psychologists participating in long-term programs (lecture series) who can demonstrate a minimum of 80% attendance for a seminar within the series, are eligible to obtain these credits by notifying the SFCP office after the seminar has ended. Seminars of 4 sessions or fewer require 100% attendance. Participants will pay the appropriate fee for the seminar (based on the number of credits they obtain), and then will receive a verification letter of their attendance.

100% attendance is required for short-term programs (individual course).