San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminars: Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminars 2013-2014

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

Title: Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances
Dates: Wednesdays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 2013
Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Instructors: Elyse Miller, L.C.S.W. and Elizabeth M. Simpson, L.C.S.W.
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: Free
To Register: Please contact Aaron Chow at 415-563-5815 or

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.

The four course meetings will be organized as follows:

  1. How Do We Think?: Using Psychodynamic Formulation to Understand our Client;
  2. Trauma: The Organizing and Disorganizing Effects of Trauma on Identity Formation;
  3. Recognizing Countertransference: A Vehicle to Understanding Our Responses to Clients;
  4. Using our Countertransference to Stay Engaged and Resilient .

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.

Elyse Miller, L.C.S.W.  Clinical Supervisor, Direct Access to Housing, S.F. Department of Public Health. (415) 554-2647,

Elizabeth M. Simpson, L.C.S.W.  Member and Faculty, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis; Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF; Private practice, San Francisco.  (415)  474-7481,

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