Coalition for Clinical Social Work

Extension Division Program: Year 1

Foundations of Psychodynamic Clinical Work With Community Mental Health Clients

Audrey Dunn, LCSW, Chair

This 18-week course is designed for early career and experienced clinicians practicing in diverse community mental health and 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.

As clinicians in public and community settings, 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.

We will think together about the clients and systems with which we work, and how a psychodynamic approach can be utilized in any public or community mental health setting. We will reconsider our ideas about our clients, what helps, and our expectations for helping. Finally, we will look at the places and culture in which we work and how the psychological milieu affects our sense of value and purpose as clinicians and providers of mental health services.

Dates: Thursdays, January 7, 2021 - May 13, 2021
Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Sessions: 18 Sessions
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuition Fees: $ 350  General
$ 325  SFCP Community Members

Tuition is due per each year of enrollment in the program. *Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and typically increase 3% each year.
Readers and CME/CE credit fees are not included in the tuition
see Policies tab for details
CME/CE: This program has been awarded a total of 27 CME/CE credits.
Optimal Number of Students: 12 to 14 people
To Register: Registration information will be available shortly.

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 7, 14, 21, 2021
This seminar has been awarded 4.5 CME/CE credits.

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

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.

Danni Biondini, MFT
Thursdays, January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021
This seminar has been awarded 7.5 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives:
Participant will be able to

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

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.

Amy Wallerstein-Friedman, LCSW
Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2021
This seminar has been awarded 7.5 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives:
Participant will be able to

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

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 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 2021
This seminar has been awarded 7.5 CME/CE credits.

Audrey Dunn, LCSW 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:
Participants will be able to

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

A final meeting will be devoted for a final group gathering and potluck to further rehash the course, and to discuss Year Two and options for further involvement.

Thursdays, May 13, 2021

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 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 6, 2020.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after December 7, 2020. 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.

CE Attendance Policy

Please see individual course listings for the number of CE credits awarded, if applicable. Courses offering CE credit meet the requirements for CE credit for Psychologists, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and MFTs.

APA requires psychologists and other mental health professionals participating in all programs, including in long-term programs (lecture series) to demonstrate 100% attendance in order to be eligible to obtain CE credit. All participants must sign in at the beginning of each class or program and sign out at the end of the class or program. If participants miss a class in a seminar that is part of a long term program, they may be eligible to do “make-up” work for the missed class. Participants can meet with the class via Zoom or another “face to face” platform, if they are unable to attend in person. Alternatively, they can arrange to meet with the instructor, in person, to make-up the instructional time or can engage with the instructor via the “face to face” technologies, i.e. Face-time, Duo, Zoom, or others. This work must be completed within two weeks of the end of a seminar. Credit for the seminar will be awarded once the instructor notifies the SFCP office the time has been made up and the participant completes a course evaluation. No variable credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

CME/CE Credits Policy and Attendance Requirement

California Medical Association 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.

American Psychological Association LogoThe 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 contents.

PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum number of credits as listed for each individual program, 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 an entity recognized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Credits pursuant to Section 1887.4.3.

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 (CEP 02677) on an hour for hour basis.

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.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: All instructors 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. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.