Coalition for Clinical Social Work

EXTENSION PROGRAM — an 18 week course for graduate and early career social workers and clinicians working in the community

Coalition for Clinical Social Work 2014 - 2015

J. Marc Wallis, LCSW and Audrey Dunn, LCSW, Co-Chairs

 

Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients

This 18-week program offers an extended course of study for social workers in diverse social work settings and practicing in a wide variety of roles.  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.

As social workers providing services in agencies or institutional settings, we often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and frustrated.  While these experiences can result from limited available resources and services, the people we work with often have the greatest impact.  Many agencies and institutions cannot offer the theoretical knowledge and support necessary to better understand our work experiences. A psychodynamic approach to thinking can deepen our work and help us sustain our interest in the clients we serve.

In this course, we will consider different ways of thinking about the clients and systems with which we work.  We will explore how a psychodynamic sensibility and approach to diagnostic assessment can be utilized in any social work setting. We will reconsider our ideas about our clients, what helps, and our expectations for helping.  Finally, we will take a closer look at the places in which we work and how the psychological culture and emotional reality of these places affect our sense of value and purpose as social workers.

Date: Thursdays, January 15, 2015 - May 14, 2015
Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Sessions: 18 Sessions
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuition Fees: $ 270.00
Reader and CME/CE credit fees are not included in the tuition
see Registration and Fees, Refund Policy, and CME/CE Credit Information tab for details
CME/CE: This program has been awarded a total of 27 CME/CE credits.
To Register: Click here to register for this program online
 
or call 415-563-5815

 

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.

Clara Kwun, LCSW
Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, 2015
This seminar has been awarded 4.5 CME/CE credits.

Clara Kwun, L.C.S.W. is an analyst in private practice seeing adults, adolescents and couples.  She is on the faculty of SFCP, the dean of the PPTP and also on the steering committee of CCSW.

Educational Objectives:
Participant will be able to

  1. Clinicians will identify one's own implicit and explicit clinical approaches.
  2. Clinicians will identify key aspects of a psychodynamic approach.
  3. Clinicians will evaluate the complex influences of the setting in which one works.
  4. Clinicians will evaluate the complex influences of the setting in which one works.

 

Who Is This Client?  Case Formulation and Diagnosis

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.

Danny Yu, LCSW
Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5 2015
This seminar has been awarded 7.5 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives:
Participant will be able to

  1. Clinicians will understand the complex interplay of developmental history, trauma, and intrapsychic conflict.
  2. Clinicians will understand the ways personality emerges as an adaptation to and and expression of difficulties.
  3. Clinicians will demonstrate the application of psychodynamic formulation to their clinical work.
  4. Clinicians will recognize the way in which case formulation guides and informs treatment planning and treatment outcomes.

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.

J. Marc Wallis, LCSW
Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9 2015
This seminar has been awarded 7.5 CME/CE credits.

J. Marc Wallis, L.C.S.W. is an Advanced Candidate and Affiliate Faculty at SFCP and a clinical provider at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families. He is in private practice in San Francisco working with adults, children and couples.

Educational Objectives:
Participant will be able to

  1. Clinicians will identify the need to keep in mind a perspective of the whole client.
  2. Clinicians will recognize the importance of matching ways of working with a given client at a given moment.
  3. Clinicians will increase flexibility in how to think of approaching clients.
  4. Clinicians will explore the ways in which attending to the clinical relationship affects treatment outcomes.

 

Bringing it Back Home

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.

Audrey Dunn, LCSW
Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2015
This seminar has been awarded 7.5 CME/CE credits.

Audrey Dunn, L.C.S.W. is director of two school-based psychotherapy programs in San Francisco and has published an analysis and training guide for providing contractual mental health services in schools.  Audrey also has a private practice where she sees adults and adolescents in psychotherapy and supervises school social workers and interns.

Educational Objectives:
Participant will be able to

  1. Clinicians will understand how to assess the impact of the setting in which one works.
  2. Clinicians will outline the particular setting in which they work and the unique situational factors affecting them.
  3. Clinicians will reflect on their own expectations and identify how best to work in their particular clinical setting.

Eligibility

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 either of the Coalition for Clinical Social Work Co-Chairs: J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, at 415-820-9609, or Audrey Dunn, LCSW, at 415-751-3267.

 

Registration

 

Course Tuition Fee and Refund Policy

Fee is $ 270.00.  Full tuition payment is due upon registration.  The $ 270.00 is refundable until November 15, 2014;18 sessions; cost of readers and CME/CE credits fees are not included in tuition.

 

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.

 

CME/CE Credit Fee

This program has been awarded a total of 27 CME/CE credits. The credits cost per hour is $10 for all SFCP members, and $12 for non SFCP members. 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.

 

CME/CE Attendance Requirements

  • 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).

 

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