Coalition for Clinical Social Work

Psychoanalytic Student Seminar

Course Title: Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances
Dates: Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23; October 7 2020
(Please join our CCSW Clinical Evening on September 30)
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: Free

Readers Fee is not included
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Class Size: Registration will be limited to 14 participants.
To Register: Registration information will be available shortly.

This course is intended for 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. Qualified participants include graduate students and pre-licensed clinicians.

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 2, 2020
The Screaming and Crying Inside Us During Quarantine and the Many Black Lives Murdered

  1. Thich Nhat Hanh           Please call me by my true names
  2. Trevor Noah         (please listen before class)
                                          George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Injustice


September 9, 2020
Therapeutic Engagement with Our Clients: How Do We Stay Reliable?
Winnicott, D.W. (1970). “Cure.” Home is Where We Start From.” pp. 112-120 (Book Chapter)


September 16, 2020
Applied Psychoanalysis: Cross Cultural Work in the Infant-Parent Dyad

Psychoanalysis On and Off the Couch (Podcast). Listen to Episode 014: Psychoanalysis in a Multicultural Daycare Center in Yafo, Tel Aviv, with Hamutal Raz Shiloach.


September 23, 2020
Getting a Feel for What Cannot be Moved: Grievance and the Importance of Recognition without Change.
Trauma and Grievance” by Linda Young and Elizabeth Gibb. This chapter 5 is taken from the book, Understanding Trauma. (Book Chapter)


September 30, 2020
*CCSW Clinical Evening 7-9 PM (ZOOM)


October 7, 2020
Discussion of Clinical Evening, Wrap-up, and where do we go from here with learning and connections?

Additional References for reading available from instructors.

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. Please submit your registration two weeks in advance in order to receive reading materials before the course starting date.