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The AAPCSW Committees are as follows:

Questions? Contact your Committee Chair Person.

Communications / Outreach Committee

The Communications / Outreach Committee is comprised of Hospitality, Legislation, the AAPCSW Listserv, the AAPCSW Newsletter, and the Twitter Committee. Please contact the Communications Committee with your comments and questions.

Legislative Subcommittee

Through its Legislative Subcommittee — AAPCSW is joining with national organizations to, “express our deep concerns about false and harmful attempts to link mental illness and gun violence.”

Diversity and Social Action Committee

Please contact the Diversity and Social Action Committee with comments and questions.

Position Statements

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.

Education Committee

The Education Committee includes the Education Committee, the Child and Adolescent Committee, Graduate Education, and the 2025 Conference Planning Committee.

Child and Adolescent Committee

Position Statements

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.

Membership Committee

To share your comments and questions about member related issues, contact the Membership Committee.