AAPCSW Psychosis Consultation Group
Consultation Group for Clinicians Working with
Individuals Experiencing Psychotic States
As there is a paucity of resources for social workers and other clinicians working with individuals with psychotic disorders, AAPCSW is initiating a monthly online consultation group held on the second Monday of each month at 8PM EST (New York time) for 75 minutes. The initial meeting will be on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 8pm EST. The focus will be on psychoanalytically informed interventions with individuals and families including psychotherapy, clinical case management and family consultation. A reading will be distributed each month for discussion and case material from participants will be discussed.
This group is not a supervision group and no CEU certificates will be provided for attendance. The group is open both to AAPCSW members and others who are licensed mental health professionals. There is no charge for participation.
Leaders: Brian Ngo-Smith, Mark Ruffalo & Joel Kanter (Bios below)
If interested in participating, email Joel Kanter (Joel.Kanter@gmail.com) by January 5, 2022 with your name, degree and agency affiliation, and a couple of sentences regarding your interest in this group. Readings and zoom information and zoom information will be distributed no later than one week before each group.
Joel Kanter, MSW, LCSW-C is currently in private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland. For over 30 years, he worked in community agencies serving the severely mentally ill where his practice included psychotherapy, clinical case management, day treatment and family consultation. His post-graduate training was at the Washington School of Psychiatry (founded by Harry Stack Sullivan) where the treatment of psychotic states had been pioneered. He is the author of many articles on the community treatment of persons with severe mental illness and the author of Clinical Studies in Case Management.
Brian Ngo-Smith, LCSW, BCD-P is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Denver, CO. He is the President of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) and a Past President of the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW). Brian is a graduate of the Adult Training Program at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. He was the Division Director of Adult Intensive Services at Aurora Mental Health Center until 2018, where he oversaw several programs serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
Mark L. Ruffalo, DPsa, LCSW, is in private practice in Tampa, Florida, and serves on the faculty in psychiatry at the University of Central Florida and Tufts University. His interest in the psychotherapy of psychotic disorders stems from his MSW internship and later employment at Western Psychiatric Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he had the unique opportunity to work with long-term hospitalized patients with schizophrenia in daily psychotherapy. He has published previously on the work of psychiatrist-psychoanalyst Silvano Arieti, a world leader in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia in the mid-20th century.
If you have any questions regarding this group, please contact Joel at
Announcing 2021 Biennial Conference
November 4-7 (New Date)
DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center
237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Call for Papers - 2021 Conference
Download Guidelines [Deadline Extended to March 31, 2020]
2021 Call for Papers
March 11-14, 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center
237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
A Time to Think, A Time to Act:
Caring about the Known and the Unknown
How do we hold in mind the tension between thinking and acting, at the conscious and unconscious levels? Whether it be the unknown of our inner world, the unknown of the world around us, or the unknown embodied in those from whom we feel different, we grapple with the dilemma of what is and isn’t known. We know about the mind in conflict and meaning-making in various ways. We know about injustice. We place high value on introspection while also addressing activism. Now, as in all times of global change, we are also called upon to explore the impact of societal factors in clinical encounters through a fresh lens. Given the complexity of the human condition, this conference will ask us to reflect on such matters from multiple psychoanalytic perspectives.
As of October 1, the AAPCSW Co-Presidents are Teresa Méndez, MSW, LCSW-C and Daniel Buccino, MSW, LCSW-C, BCD. The Treasurer is Louis Straker, MSW, LCSW-C.
We are pleased to announce that AAPCSW has new member benefits!
AAPCSW Members will receive the print edition and have online access to Psychoanalytic Social Work, a peer-reviewed journal employing a double-blind review process contains highly informative and stimulating articles relevant to the practice of psychoanalytic social work.
In addition, AAPCSW membership will have access to the online Journal of Social Work Practice - Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community.
10/1/18 - Membership Dues Update
Effective October 1, 2018, AAPCSW membership dues are changing. To review AAPCSW's updated annual fees, please see Membership Dues. Thank you.
10/25/17 - Call For Papers
Upcoming 2019 AAPCSW Conference
Submission Deadline: March 10, 2018
Dates: March 28-31, 2019
Location: Durham Marriott City Center/Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC
In these multilayered and challenging professional times, how can we sustain excellence in clinical theory and practice? Our challenge is in safeguarding core values -- individual dignity, respect for diversity, social justice advocacy -- as we embrace innovations in psychoanalytic knowledge. Holding this complexity in mind, the conference aims to provide a space to explore the human condition in health and illness. We will view these ideas in relation to clinical experience, based on understanding the intersection of the inner and outer world. We will also continue to build our legacy for the next generation. Join us in our efforts at facing our challenges, and promoting depth and breadth in our insights about contemporary clinical practice.
GUIDELINES FOR PAPERS, PANELS, WORKSHOPS, AND ESSAYS
The Conference Committee invites submissions related to the theme. Papers may reflect but are not limited to the following:
- The complex and intriguing mind
- The clinical implications of the intersection of the inner and outer worlds, including race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ability, religion, and age
- Internal and external psychic turmoil as it emerges in the therapeutic process
- Trauma and its evolving theories
- Psychoanalytic interventions and applied psychoanalysis as it illuminates today’s politics and economics
- Group, family, or couples therapy
- Clinical processes throughout the life span
- Historical perspectives and debates in psychoanalysis
- The application of scientific findings -- neuroscience, technology -- to the clinical work
04/10/17 - AAPCSW 2017 Conference Update
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:
“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
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.
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
March 12-15, 2015 | Durham, North Carolina
The Art of Listening:
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.