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Psychoanalytic Sense & Sensibility: Bringing Psychoanalytic Application into the Social Work Classroom

May 11, 2024
Virtual | ZOOM

[ No CE Hours ]

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Location: Online via ZOOM

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Daniel L. Buccino, LCSW-C, BCD
Teresa Méndez, LCSW-C, LICSW
Brian Ngo-Smith, LCSW, BCD-P, FABP
Tina Adkins, PhD, LPC (Moderator)


In this panel, we will explain the development of the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy and its new post-graduate certificate program in Psychoanalytic Social Work Practice. First, we will provide a history of the Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn model, which was delivered to community social workers and clinicians, detailing past topics and the target audiences, and their reception within the community. We will show attendance data, reach and demonstrate the growth of these one hour lectures.

Next, we will discuss how we built a curriculum and certificate program that weaves psychoanalytic theory and practice with social work values and application. This will include a discussion around what makes this program unique and different than clinical training programs, and how can this serve as a model for faculty or other social workers who are isolated or trying to demonstrate the efficacy of a psychoanalytic perspective on social work practice across all settings.

Finally, we will pull out 1-2 areas of focus per the 5 modules of the certificate program to highlight and discuss. We will end with evaluation data from the individual modules and overall course, to begin building the case for how other faculty or social workers can approach teaching psychoanalytic ideas in this innovative way.

After attending the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Name psychoanalytically focused topics that can be presented in brief ways to community social workers and clinicians.
  2. Identify several approaches/methods in which psychoanalytic theory can be applied to the practice of social work in the classroom.
  3. Identify key themes to be included in psychoanalytic focused curriculum for social workers.


Daniel L. Buccino, LCSW-C, BCD, is the Clinical Manager of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Broadway Center for Addiction. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative. Mr. Buccino undertook his Lacanian psychoanalytic formation in New York and Paris and has maintained a private practice for many years.

Teresa Méndez, LCSW-C, LICSW, is a clinical social worker practicing in Baltimore, MD. Her clinical and theoretical interests are in identities that exist on the border of multiple races and ethnicities. A journalist in her prior career, she is the author of several papers on the mixed-race experience and editor of a special issue on race and psychoanalysis for the journal Psychoanalytic Social Work where she serves on the editorial board.

Brian Ngo-Smith, LCSW, BCD-P, FABP. Past-President, AAPCSW. Faculty, Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. Author, articles on homelessness from a psychoanalytic perspective, psychoanalytic care, hate in the countertransference, therapy for therapists, and social work values. Private practice in Denver, CO.

Tina Adkins, PhD, LPC, is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin and the Director of the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy, a Research Fellow with the International Psychoanalytic Association, and a practicing psychotherapist. She has a Ph.D. in Psychoanalytic Studies from University College London (UCL) and has worked her entire career in the field of child welfare.