What we Do

The goals of the Academy include increasing the knowledge and understanding of psychoanalytic theory by translating psychoanalytic research and theory into usable information for social work and community practitioners.

We feel it is important to use science to study and support how psychoanalytic theories intersect with social work practice. This includes creating and validating interventions, understanding how trauma impacts parents and families and developing practical measures/assessments that can be used by social workers and practitioners.

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We create and deliver trainings that draw from psychoanalytic theory and research, for the benefit of community members as well as social work/mental health practitioners. These trainings and workshops will be centered on topics that translate the theory into practice, to help community professionals better serve children and families. For example, see our selection of one-hour Lunch & Learns and our Family Minds Facilitator Training.

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We are in the process of creating 1 and 2 year-long post-graduate certificate courses for social workers and clinicians that provide advanced education and training that weave together psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory with social work practice and values. These are more clinically focused and will include coursework in how psychoanalytic theory can be incorporated into clinical practice and assessment, as well as the understanding of personality structure and child development.

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