Coalition for Clinical Social Work

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

Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients

Program Chairs: Audrey Dunn, L.C.S.W. and Marc Wallis, L.C.S.W.

As social workers we are often challenged by complicated circumstances in our clients’ lives and limited resources to help them. Many of our agencies cannot offer the case discussions, consultation and theoretical knowledge to support and understand our work experiences.

This 18-week course is designed for early career and experienced social workers practicing in diverse social work settings who wish to strengthen their theoretical foundation. We welcome those who are interested in understanding how psychodynamic thinking can be applied in relevant ways to enhance effective and gratifying work.
We will think about the clients and systems with which we work, and how a psychodynamic approach 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 look at the places in which we work and how the psychological milieu affects our sense of value and purpose as social workers.


  1. Clinical Sensibility   January 9, 16, 23, 2014.  Clara Kwun, L.C.S.W.
  2. Who Is This Client? : Case Formulation and Diagnosis   January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 2014.  Danny Yu, L.C.S.W.
  3. What Helps?   February 27, March 6, 13, 20.  Marc Wallis, L.C.S.W.
  4. Challenges in the Clinical Relationship   March 27, April 3, 10, 17. Elizabeth M. Simpson, L.C.S.W.
  5. Bringing it Back Home   April 24, May 1, 8. Audrey Dunn, L.C.S.W.

Program Schedule/Fees:

  • Thursdays, 7:00-8:30
  • 18 weeks/January 2014-May 2014  
  • Optimal number of students = 12-15
  • Cost: $270 ($15 per session); 27 CEU’s optional and added cost
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