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San Fernando Valley District Meeting

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room

California Society for Clinical Social Work

San Fernando Valley District Presents


"Treatment of the Special Needs Adults Using Psychodynamic Therapy"


Presented By:  Joan Dasteel, PhD, LCSW



This presentation will focus on the use of psychodynamic psychotherapeutic treatment along with behavioral and cognitive approaches in treating special needs adults.  It will illustrate examples of how these challenged adults cope with difficulties with relationships, self esteem, family problems, handling work and money, loss, depression and anxiety. It is her contention that psychodynamic treatment can help special needs adults maximize their enjoyment of their lives.


1. To demonstrate the techniques used in working with the special needs adult.

2. To identify (via a video) the challenges of the special needs adults.

3. To illustrate ways of using transference and countertransference to help special needs adults maximize their potential.



About the Presenter:

Dr. Joan Dasteel has been in private practice in West Los Angeles for over 40 years beginning her career with the Retail Clerks in the Mental Health Center in Hollywood, Ca. back in 1970.  She received her doctorate at the Sanville Institute in 1978 and her PsyD degree in psychoanalysis in 1997. She has published various articles, one about “Treatment of Special Needs Adults”, with an accompanying film which is shown to the UCLA medical students each year as part of their curriculum.  Dr. Dasteel has specialized in couples’ therapy,marital dissolution, step-famlies and Special Needs Adults and Their Families. She is the mother of a special needs daughter as well as clinical consultant to L.A. GOAL, an organization providing services to 100 adults with Autism Spectrum, mental retardation, Down Syndome and various other cognitive and neurological disorders. Dr. Dasteel is a Fellow of the Society for Clinical Social Work as well as past Board President.   She is also a Founding-Year member of the Sanville Institute.


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. RSVP Preferred. We especially encourage MSW students to attend. For more information, contact Tanya Moradians,  Ph.D., LCSW tmoradia@ucla.edu or 818 783-1881.

Co-coordinator: Gloria Gesas, LCSW at gegasaslcsw@gmail.com or 818-990-1053.

The Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room (at Sepulveda and Ventura). The Community Room is located on the 1st level near the Cheesecake Factory and next to the Paul Mitchell Salon. VALIDATION FOR FREE PARKING ALL DAY will be provided.

All are welcome and may attend at no charge (no CEC certificate). MSW students are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments are provided.  Bring your flyers, brochures and business cards for networking and socializing.  All are welcome at CSCSW District meetings free of charge and regardless of geography.  All clinical disciplines are welcome.  Members earn 1.5 CE credits at no cost. Credits for non-members are $10.00 per unit.  


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