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Mid-Peninsula District Meeting

  • Friday, March 21, 2014
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 200 Channing Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301


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California Society for Clinical Social Work

Mid- Peninsula District




 "Clinical Sensibilities as Seen Through the Eyes of a Social Work Analyst" 


When:         Friday, March 21, 2014.

Where (New Location):  

Jewish Family and Children’s Service

200 Channing Street, Palo Alto (corner of Channing and Emerson)

Parking available – 913 Emerson in underground parking (press button to be admitted) as well as parking on 200 Channing and street 

                   Please RSVP. Although it is not required, it is helpful in preparing presentation materials.

Cost:            CSCSW members can earn 1.5 CE credits at no cost. Non-member LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs may earn 1.5 CE credits for a nominal fee of $15. Free to audit. PCE#1.


This is Social Work Month and we will celebrate by having Clara Kwun LCSW present “Clinical Sensibilities as Seen Through the Eyes of a Social Work Analyst.” This presentation is designed for clinicians of all levels. It will focus on the importance of explicitly knowing one’s clinical sensibility. The difference between a theory, a code of ethics and what the speaker calls a “clinical sensibility” will be explored. There will be an examination of the multiple external and internal pressures that social workers feel in their work and discussion of the ways that a theory and a clinical sensibility can help protect a space to think and be creative. The work of Roy Schafer, Nancy McWilliams and Tom Ogden will provide some of the theoretical base. Clinical Examples will be used to illustrate these ideas.


About the Presenter:
Clara Kwun is an analyst trained by the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She has a private psychotherapy and psychoanalytic practice in San Francisco. She is the Dean of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program at The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis as well as on the Faculty of the Coalition for Clinical Social Work in the extension course. She has been on the faculty and supervising staff at Smith College School of Social Work for several years in addition to being a Clinical Supervisor at the Department of Psychiatry, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF.


This course meets the qualifications for 1.5hrs of CE credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs as required by the CA BBS. PCE #1

Everyone is welcome. We especially encourage MSW students to attend. For more information, contact Virginia Frederick LCSW GinnyFred@aol.com. Please RSVP. Although it is not required, it is helpful in preparing presentation materials.


Programs for the year: May 16 – Greg Bellow PhD and Elise Miller PhD – Clinical Challenges of Writing for Publication.” Greg Bellow’s new book is Saul Bellow’s Heart.

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