Coalition for Clinical Social Work

The Coalition for Clinical Social Work is committed to psychodynamic thinking about the practice of social work across diverse settings. Our dedication to social justice is at the heart of our organization and informs all CCSW programs & education. We value the importance and power of community collaboration, clinical development and theoretically-informed practice. CCSW works to preserve the unique professional identity of social work and our capacity to practice meaningful clinical work with all client populations.

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Student Seminars

Suzanne Klein, PhD, Chair

These seminars are offered as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction.   The courses are offered at a reduced fee to pre- and post-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and pre-licensed MFT and social work interns currently in clinical placements.

Course Title: Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances
Dates: Mondays, September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 2017
Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Instructors: Elyse Miller, LCSW and Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee:  
Readers: Articles will be distributed via email

This course is intended for beginning social work clinicians and others doing community based client work.  Our intention is to introduce basic psychodynamic concepts that support front-line work, develop thinking and facilitate resilience.

Each week one reading will be suggested which will serve as the basis of a didactic presentation related to our topic.  Case vignettes related to the topics are strongly encouraged

September 11, 2017
Therapeutic Engagement with Our Clients: How Do We Stay Reliable?
This first week we will begin to get to know one another and form a group.

September 18, 2017
How Psychodynamic Principles Ground our Work: The Therapeutic Alliance, the Frame, Case Formulation and Therapeutic Action
We will explore making use of developmental history to form a full and humane picture of our Client.

September 25, 2017
Using our Countertransference to Stay Engaged and Resilient

October 2, 2017
Recognizing Countertransference: A Vehicle to Understanding Our Responses to Clients

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before August 11, 2017.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program after August 12, 2017.