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2023 Award Recipients

Selma Fraiberg, Lifetime Achievement &
Professional Writing Awards

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The Selma Fraiberg Award is given to a member for their excellence and contributions in practice with children, adolescents, and their parents. Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of psychoanalytic social work and psychoanalysis. The Professional Writing Award is given to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the field through their professional publications. Awards are presented by those who are close to the recipients.

Presented during the 2023 Conference, Reaching Across the Divide: Bringing a Psychoanalytic Sensibility to Culture and Practice

Carol Tosone, PhD, LCSW (Lifetime Achievement Award)
George Hagman, MSW, LCSW (Professional Clinical Writing Award)
Wendy Winograd, DSW, LCSW, BCD-P (Selma Fraiberg Award)

image: Carol Tosone

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Tosone, PhD, LCSW.
Presented by Theresa Aiello, PhD, LCSW.

Dr. Carol Tosone is Professor at New York University Silver School of Social Work and recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. Carol is a Distinguished Scholar in Social Work in the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC. She is Co-Director of the NYU Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice Program. Previously, she served as the Founding Director of NYU's DSW Program in Clinical Social Work. Carol is Editor Emerita of the Clinical Social Work Journal, having served for 15 years as its Editor-in-Chief. Carol serves as Series Editor for the Essential Clinical Social Work Series, published by Springer.

She completed her psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City, where she was the recipient of the Postgraduate Memorial Award. Carol received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award for teaching at the Hanoi University of Education in Vietnam and served as a visiting professor at numerous universities globally, including Queens University in Belfast, Hyllum University in South Korea, Sanata Dhara University in Indonesia, Tonjgi University in Shanghai, United Arab Emirates University in Dubai, and Peking University and China University of Political Science and Law, both in Beijing. She taught as Distinguished Visiting Lydia Rapoport Professor at Smith College School for Social Work, and as Visiting Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Clinical Social Work, Doctoral Program.

Carol is editor of 6 books, author of over 50 professional articles and book chapters, and executive producer and writer of training and community service media. Her area of research is shared trauma, referring to the dual impact of collective trauma on the clinician. Carol recently completed a national study on the impact of COVID19 on clinical social work practice. She also studied Manhattan clinicians post 9/11 and New Orleans clinicians post Hurricane Katrina, as well as the long-term impact of the Troubles on clinicians living and working in Northern Ireland. Carol has lectured or served as a consultant on shared trauma internationally, including in Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, Southern Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. During her career, Carol has delivered over 300 national and international presentations in various venues.

On a more personal note, Carol is an incredible athlete who has run ten marathons to date. As reflected by her impressive C.V., she is an intrepid traveler drawn to exotic places, frequently helping the communities she visits. She is also a talented astronomy buff and can find the beautiful blue star Vega, easily. She is deeply devoted to her family, her dog, Lovey, (a rescue dog) and to her community both at NYU and the Hamptons.

There is nothing left for her to do except go up with the astronauts to study outer space, since she already knows inner space so well. You Go Girl.

Photo: George Hagman

AAPCSW Professional Writing Award — Recipient: George Hagman, MSW, LCSW
Presented by by Joel Kanter.

It is a great honor to present George Hagman with the AAPCSW's Professional Writing Award. I first met George 33 years ago in 1990 when I attended my first AAPCSW conference in New York City. He was working then as an outreach social worker on the Lower East Side and, noting my participation in the conference, contacted me to discuss our shared interest in case management work with persons with severe mental illness. We spent a few hours chatting as he gave me a walking tour of the Lower East Side, something on my bucket list, and a friendship began that continues to this day.

Preparing for this talk, I've reviewed George's CV and list of publications; an activity that fills me with awe. There are six books that George has edited, 18 journal articles on his CV, but actually 33 citations on PEP-Web. And I'm aware of three other publications that are neither on his CV nor on PEP-Web. The range of his professional interests is mind-boggling and three main areas of interest surface as you read over these citations: first, his ground-breaking work on mourning, published in both the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly; second, his interest in the interplay between psychoanalysis, aesthetics and creativity, including one article on The Sense of Beauty, followed by another on Ugliness, and later "The Creative Analyst: How Art Can Inform Clinical Practice; and a third area, his interest in contemporary self psychology theory, including this primer on Intersubjective Self Psychology.

Besides his own writing, George has served as an editor of the work of others, engaging talented colleagues in assembling important contributions. Given some of the talks given at this conference, I encourage all to examine the wonderful papers George has collected in his volume, New Models of Bereavement Theory and Treatment. Further, he currently serves as an Editor of Routledge's book series on Art, Creativity and Psychoanalysis and Co-Editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.

Reviewing the titles of his books and journal articles, one might never appreciate how George has spent his life as a practicing clinician. Knowing that George is a graduate analyst from NPAP, you might assume that he has been spending days behind the analytic couch over several decades and would never guess his professional identification with clinical social work. Yet, if you come to his talk tomorrow morning on being a psychoanalyst in public service, you will learn about his years as a case manager on the Lower East Side, his practice at a methadone clinic in the Bronx, and 20 years managing outpatient services for highly troubled clients in a community mental health center. In this regard, I want to call attention to three papers that highlight the diversity of this clinical practice: 1. A Psychoanalyst in Methadonia, 2. the article Helping Newtown, George's discussion of his time spent consulting with an elementary school in the community of the Sandy Hook shootings, and 3. his most recent paper, Destruction, Survival and the Use of the Clinician, itself a reworking of a case report he began in 2007 for our own organization's online journal, Beyond the Couch. In these papers, you will learn how George brings his analytic sensibility to social work contexts that overtly have no resemblance to our images of respectable psychoanalytic practice. And, in return, George's engagement in clinical practice, in the midst of agency chaos, has strengthened his appreciation of the power of psychoanalytic ideas that need not be reserved for analytic sanctums.

In all these ways, George's written contributions reflect the central mission of this organization, bringing together the contributions of both psychoanalysis and clinical social work, and for all these reasons I am honored to present George with AAPCSW's professional writing award.

image: Wendy Winograd

The Selma Fraiberg Award — Recipient: Wendy Winograd, DSW, LCSW, BCD-P.
Presented by Karen Baker, MSW.

It is my great pleasure to present my dear friend and colleague, Wendy Winograd, the Selma Fraiberg Award for Excellence in practice with children, adolescents, and their parents. Two years ago, she presented me with this award, and I now have the honor to recognize her contributions to child work and to AAPCSW.

I first met Wendy 14 years ago (2009) when I was president of AAPCSW. At the time she was the Recording Secretary, but we began to develop a deep friendship at the 2011 conference in Durham. Since then, we've shared many aspects of life together. There are many admirable qualities and talents that Wendy possesses as a person and as a psychoanalyst. But today I'm here to honor her and her brilliant career in working with children and adolescents.

Where shall I begin? I'll start with the fact that Wendy is a social worker, psychoanalyst, author, and a dedicated practitioner in the field of psychoanalysis and clinical social work. For the past 25 years, Wendy has practiced the art of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with skillfulness, compassion, an unwavering sense of curiosity, a fierce intellect, and above all, with integrity and love. In her distinguished career, she has impacted the lives of numerous children, adolescents, and their parents. Her contributions to the field are vast, disseminating knowledge through her clinical practice, teaching, supervising, publishing, and research. As a scholar she has written on female development, transgender teenagers, school-based psychotherapy with young children, dynamics in mother-daughter relationships, as well as numerous book reviews for the AAPCSW newsletter and journals. She is the co-editor of the "Social Work and K-12 Casebook.” Her most recent research focuses on the psychoanalytic understanding of the relationship between play, identity and relationship. She has presented her work nationally and internationally. In addition to her private practice, Wendy is employed at Rutgers Preparatory School, where she works as a school counselor. She is highly respected by the teachers, the lower elementary principal as well as the head of school. In her spare time, she bakes heavenly pies, gardens, does needle point, and is a loving grandmother!

For those who know Wendy, you know that she possesses a keen intellect. She loves theory and is a master at using theory to guide her in her insightful, and meaningful work with her patients. I'm aware that one of Wendy's theory heroes is Donald Winnicott, for reasons I think all of us can speculate upon. But I also know that she values the contributions of Selma Fraiberg who devoted her career to understanding the developmental needs of children and created programs that supported infant mental health. Like Fraiberg, Wendy has dedicated her career to understanding the developmental needs of children. As a clinician, Wendy is intuitive, sensitive, and invested in her relationships with her child patients. There are many things to appreciate about Wendy, but one thing I appreciate about her is the respect and empathy she has for children. She recognizes them as whole beings, not just manifestations of their symptoms and behaviors. She works diligently to understand the meaning behind their behaviors and symptoms. Over the years, Wendy and I have discussed many child cases, so I'm well aware that Wendy readily enters the play space, joining the child where they're at, navigating the work and play with the intent to understand the child.

Play is an important form of communication. Children are born to play and fantasy play is the repository for the work of children. It is difficult, or nearly impossible to function as a child therapist without understanding the extraordinary role of play, not only in the child's life and within the process of child therapy but also in the development and functioning in later adulthood. Wendy gets this and is an engaged partner in the work of playing. As significant exchanges unfold, Wendy makes sense of the unconscious meaning of the play, understanding the process that leads to discovering a child's fears, trauma, conflict, and suffering, as well as the child's strengths, wishes, and desires. I know that children in her care are in good hands!

Under the umbrella of the Child and Adolescent Committee, Wendy and I offered a Town Hall meeting on Zoom to support child therapists during the COVID lockdown. Our initial meeting was in May of 2020. We continue to meet monthly. I'm thrilled to say that four members of our core group will be presenting two different panels at this conference. (Here, I'm going to give a shout out to Benjamin Lang, Claire Haglund, Glynis Kristal Ragsdale and Josh Abrahams.) Wendy's commitment to the group has been instrumental in its thriving for 3 years. She generously shares her wisdom, clinical acumen, and supports the members' development as clinicians.

Wendy is an inspiration to her colleagues, as well as a trusted ally to all the children and families she works with. It is with deep respect and gratitude that we honor her this afternoon for her stellar work on behalf of children and adolescents.

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