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Baltimore Sun article -- “The sublime psychology of Baltimore” »

Radio interview on WYPR 88.1FM about clinical social workers and contemporary psychoanalysis.

“Most mental-health care in the U.S. is delivered by social workers, more than psychiatrists and psychologists. As the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work gathers here this weekend, we talk to two therapists about Baltimore’s special spot in the development of psychoanalysis, the challenges for therapists and residents in a city suffused with trauma, and how that influences the approach social workers take in therapy.”

AAPCSW receives recognition by the Baltimore City Council

Through the publicity work of Dan Buccino and Teresa Mendez, Hospitality Co-Chairs of Mind & Milieu, we were honored to receive recognition by the Baltimore City Council. Please read Dan's and Teresa's message of the significant day on several legislative matters and see the certificate of resolution - below:

Photo of Baltimore City Council award to AAPCSW

“On a historic evening when the Baltimore City Council passed landmark $15/hour minimum wage legislation and reaffirmed Baltimore's status as a Welcoming City, calling on ICE to adopt more humane tactics, we were honored to accept Councilmembers Mary Pat Clarke and Zeke Cohen and the Council's resolution and welcome of the AAPCSW to town this week and acknowledgement of Baltimore as the birthplace of psychoanalysis in America and social workers as providing the biggest percentage of mental health care services in the U.S.”

Zeke Cohen, Councilman of the First District of Baltimore, will greet us at the opening of the conference.

Meet us in Baltimore!
~ Penny Rosen, Acting President/Conference Chair

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Board Update

Dear Members,

We want to thank Judith Aronson for her contributions to the AAPCSW community while serving her elected term as AAPCSW President, October 1, 2015 - July 12, 2016.

According to the bylaws, the President-Elect fills the vacancy. Co-Presidents-Elect Jerry Floersch and Jeffrey Longhofer assumed that responsibility on July 12, 2016. However, due to responsibilities at Rutgers University they are unable to assume this role until their term begins on October 1, 2017. In such circumstances, the bylaws allow for appointment of an acting president. The Executive Board met on August 15, 2016, and unanimously appointed our immediate Past President Penny Rosen to serve as Acting President until September 30, 2017. During this period, Jerry and Jeff will continue to serve as Co-Presidents-Elect.

The AAPCSW Board wants to build our membership and ensure that psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are preserved. Several sessions at our March 2017 conference – Mind & Milieu: From the Consulting Room to the Community and Back – will address this topic as well as other significant topics. (See conference highlights on the web: Mind & Milieu [PDF] The full program will be ready in September 2016.

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.

Penny Rosen, Acting President
Jerry Floersch, Co-President Elect
Jeff Longhofer, Co-President Elect


Call for Papers

Deadline March 1, 2016
Submission Guidelines - 2017 Conference

Mind and Milieu: From the Consulting Room to the Community and Back
March 23-26, 2017 | Baltimore (Inner Harbor), Maryland

This conference will highlight the inextricable link between mind and milieu and the complex relationships between our inner and outer worlds. These perspectives are at the core of social work's emphasis on “person in environment” and the importance of relationship. We invite you to Baltimore, the birthplace of American psychoanalysis and home to many prominent thinkers who embraced the significance of the worlds within and beyond the consulting room. Join us as we explore and expand our contemporary understanding of the mind/milieu dynamic.


Call for Papers

Deadline: March 15, 2014
Submission Guidelines for 2015

Conference 2015
March 12-15, 2015 | Durham, North Carolina

The Art of Listening:
Psychoanalytic Transformations

As contemporary psychotherapy has become inundated with approaches offering a quick fix, the act of listening, the “art of listening” in healing psychic pain has lost its once exalted status. Psychoanalytic clinicians believe that deep and sustained transformations occur in an environment in which the individual feels both seen and heard. In this conference, we wish to emphasize that listening is an art, which is mastered through demanding study, hard-won self-awareness, and the gift of innate talent.


Member Dues Update

As reported by Karen Baker, Past President, in the Spring 2013 Newsletter, after much deliberation at the in-person board meeting in March 2013, the Board decided that annual membership dues for Full/General Members will be increased from $75 to $85, beginning January 2014. As the organization continues to develop and grow, so too do our expenses.