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Mission & Position Statements

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Cole Hooley, AAPCSW Chairperson of the New Professionals Committee

Diversity and Social Action Committee

Related: Ad Hoc Student Outreach Committee

The AAPCSW Board of Directors has approved this position statement, prepared by the Diversity and Social Action Committee in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Committee:

AAPCSW Response to the “ZERO-TOLERANCE Policy” and the Child/Family Status of Refugees and Asylum Seekers - June 26, 2018

The AAPCSW Board of Directors has approved the following position statements prepared by the AAPCSW Diversity and Social Action Committee:

AAPCSW Response to The Executive Order Eliminating the DACA Program and Recent ICE Raids on Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants - October 23, 2017

AAPCSW Response to the Unfolding Executive Order - Immigration &
Travel Ban
- February 21, 2017

For the purpose of promoting excellence in clinical social work practice, the mission of the Diversity and Social Action Committee is to provide opportunities for expanded conversations regarding the centrality of focused attention to intersections of sociocultural factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, religion and age. A core component of the mission involves recognizing the consequences when diversity and “othering” sets the stage for the abuses of power and marginalization of individuals, families and communities based on one or more social identities.

The conceptual framework of the mission is informed by considering psychoanalytically informed clinical social work practice as a meaning-making process, our professional values (social justice, worth and dignity of the individual, and self- determination) and the contemporary knowledge of self/other dynamics which supports the assertion that at some level, we are constituted by each other’s Otherness. As such, the integration of matters of diversity not just as additional layers of experience, but rather as the core experience of self is essential to psychoanalytically-informed clinical social work. Furthermore, our understanding of the interplay of the internal and external world in human functioning affirms the importance of our commitment to social action and advocacy when disempowering and devaluing beliefs and actions arise on an individual, interpersonal and societal level.

The objectives of the Committee are achieved through various means including preparation of position statements, collaboration with other organizations on health and mental health projects, presentations at our national conferences, co-sponsorship with AAPCSW Area-Chairs and Committees in arranging local seminars, publications, and outreach to outside educational institutions.

Child and Adolescent Practice Committee

The AAPCSW Child and Adolescent Committee is a national committee of psychoanalysts  and clinical social workers whose aims are:

  • To promote and expand the educational mission of the AAPCSW by including work with children, adolescents, and their parents.
  • To develop a national presence for social workers who are child clinicians, clinicians practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
  • To disseminate knowledge of child and adolescent practice, including working with parents.

The Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee's primary objective is to involve members in research by focusing on the case study method. Because there are limitations to variables-based research, the case study research method has its strengths in clinical theory building and for elucidating potential causal mechanisms. The focus on the case study is largely due to the AAPCSW's focus on clinical social work. The committee's case study focus seeks to involve members in the production of case studies and publication. Symposia at annual meetings will involve workshops and panels on the role of the case study in clinical social work.

Social Media Committee


Graduate Education Committee


Social Justice and Social Responsibility Committee
(2007 - March 23, 2017)

June 1, 2009

The AAPCSW Committee on Social Responsibility is a national committee of psychoanalysts, social workers, and allied professionals who are concerned with integrating a human rights and global justice discourse with clinical practice. Towards this end, we work to promote critical social-political awareness among clinicians, to conceptualize psychoanalytic clinical practice within a broader social-political context, and to expand the usefulness and availability of psychoanalytic clinical services for all people.

"Occupy" Statement

As social workers and psychoanalysts, we are critically aware of the damaging impact of social and economic inequality on individual lives and global communities. The AAPCSW Committee on Social Justice endorses the work of the Occupy Movement, believing that the vast discrepancies in wealth in the U.S. and around the world are prime sources of human pain and suffering, which we are professionally committed to reducing.