Essentials of Clinical Social Work


Jerrold R. Brandell

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    About the Editor

    Jerrold R. Brandell PhD, BCD, is a faculty member at Wayne State University School of Social Work, where he was named a distinguished professor in 2008. A former visiting professor of social work at Lund University (Lund, Sweden) and the University of Canterbury, (Christchurch, New Zealand), he has also held appointments at the Boston University and Michigan State University Schools of Social Work. He has led workshops and lectured widely on clinical topics in this country as well as in France, Greece, Israel, Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, and China. Dr. Brandell is a practicing psychoanalyst and social worker psychotherapist, and completed his psychoanalytic training at Michigan Psychoanalytic Council. He obtained his doctorate at The University of Chicago, and his masters at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is (founding) editor of the journal, Psychoanalytic Social Work, and has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as 11 books, among them Psychodynamic Social Work, Of Mice and Metaphors: Therapeutic Storytelling with Children, and Attachment and Dynamic Practice (as coauthor). A former chairperson of the AAPCSW National Study Group, he was named a distinguished social work practitioner by the National Academies of Practice in 2001. He maintains a small private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Ann Arbor (Michigan) and is also actively involved in clinical supervision and consultation.

    About the Contributors

    Karen Neuman Allen PhD, is Professor and chair of the Social Work Department at Arkansas State University. Dr. Allen's clinical experience and research involves working with women who have experienced interpersonal violence and individuals with chronic diseases and disabilities. She is the coauthor of “Surviving Domestic Violence” released in 2013.

    Maryann Amodeo PhD, MSW, is professor and chairperson, Clinical Practice Department and codirector of the Center for Addictions Research and Services, Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked in the substance abuse field for more than 20 years as a clinician, educator, and researcher. Her research focuses on the use of evidence-based treatments by substance abuse programs. She is past president of the Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse.

    Martha Bragin PhD, LCSW, is an associate professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has extensive experience advising governments, international organizations, and United Nations agencies on addressing the psychosocial effects of armed conflict and disaster. She is a member of the IASC reference group on mental health and psychosocial work in emergencies, the international body that establishes standards for practice. Her research explores cultural issues in community resilience.

    Margaret O'Kane Brunhofer PhD, LMSW, is an adjunct professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work, where she teaches graduate courses in grief and loss and ethics in interpersonal practice. She has extensive clinical experience in the area of grief and loss and specializes in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy with survivors of trauma.

    Margaret G. Frank MSSW, BCD, was formerly, coordinator of the Postgraduate Certificate Program in Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Boston University School of Social Work. She maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Newton, Massachusetts.

    Bruce D. Friedman PhD, ACSW, CSWM, LCSW is a professor at California State University, Bakersfield Department of Social Work Program. He earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University–Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, where he completed a qualitative study examining how homeless shelters address the needs of people who are homeless. His MSW is from Washington University–George Warren Brown School of Social Work, with a dual specialization in families and substance abuse.

    Charles Garvin PhD is professor emeritus, University of Michigan. He is the author or coauthor of such texts as Contemporary Group Work, Interpersonal Practice in Social Work, and Generalist Practice, and has edited volumes such as The Handbook of Social Work with Groups. He has also written book chapters and journal articles. Currently, he is researching the topic of conflict resolution and working on books dealing with social justice and group work research.

    Donald K. Granvold PhD, LCSW, LMFT is professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a 2013 recipient of the NASW Social Work Pioneer Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field. He is currently Professor Emeritus at University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Granvold has been a leader in the advancement of cognitive treatment and constructivist psychotherapy methods particularly as they are applied to couples treatment and divorce. He has authored over 50 book chapters and articles in social work and allied helping profession journals. Dr. Granvold is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

    Roberta Graziano DSW, is professor emerita and former associate dean, Hunter College School of Social Work, where she developed and directed the Aging and Health Work-Study Scholarship Program. Her particular interests are in theory development, particularly trauma theory, and clinical practice. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and of the National Academies of Practice and a NASW Social Work Pioneer.

    Joan Granucci Lesser PhD, is adjunct Associate professor at Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Lesser is founder and practicing clinician with the Pioneer Valley Professionals in Holyoke, MA. Her professional interests include multicultural clinical practice, research and education, neurobiological disorders of children and adolescents, and the treatment of trauma. Dr. Lesser received her MSW from Columbia University and her doctorate from New York University School of Social Work.

    Alan J. Levy PhD is dean of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and the National institute for the Psychotherapies. A social worker psychoanalyst, Dr. Levy is a distinguished scholar and fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Levy received the Distinguished Career award from Simmons College School of Social Work and the Educator's Award from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Dr. Levy maintains a private practice in Northfield, Illinois.

    Luz Marilis López PhD, MSW, MPH joined the faculty at Boston University School of Social Work in 2005. Ms López has 18 years experience in the fields of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse with diverse populations. Her research focuses on the areas of addiction, trauma, HIV prevention, and Latino culture. Dr. López was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She completed her MPH and PhD degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Randolph L. Lucente PhD, is a professor, School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Lucente is a former director of the doctoral program, teaches in the MSW and PhD degree programs, and maintains a part time private practice of psychotherapy in Palatine, Illinois.

    Dennis Miehls is professor at Smith College for Social Work. His current research and theoretical interests include relational theory, supervision theory, and neurobiology and clinical social work. Dennis has been named a Distinguished Practitioner by the NAP. He maintains a private clinical practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, specializing in individual and couple therapies with survivors of childhood trauma.

    Judith Marks Mishne DSW, was at the time of her death in 2006, professor and program coordinator of the Doctoral Specialization in Children and Adolescents, New York University Silver School of Social Work. She was the author or editor of nine books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mishne maintained a private psychotherapy practice in New York City with children, adolescents, and adults.

    Laura L. Myers PhD, is an associate professor and BSW program director at Florida A & M University. Dr. Myers received her MSW (1992) and PhD (1998) in social work from the University of Georgia. She has published over 24 journal articles, 12 chapters and coauthored A Social Worker's Guide to Evaluating Practice Outcomes and Basic Statistics in Multivariate Research.

    Fredric T. Perlman PhD, FIPA, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC. He teaches at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (affiliated with NYU Medical School) and at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research where he is a training and supervising analyst and currently president. He is a past President and distinguished life member of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association.

    Bruce A. Thyer PhD, LCSW, BCBA-D, is professor and former dean with the College of Social Work at Florida State University. He received his MSW from the University of Georgia in 1978 and his PhD in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982. He has been active in the national leadership of the Society for Social Work and Research, the Council on Social Work Education, and the American Psychological Association.

    Froma Walsh MSW, PhD is the Mose & Sylvia Firestone professor emerita, School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, and codirector, Chicago Center for Family Health. She is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy, past editor of Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, and a recipient of numerous awards for distinguished contributions in clinical theory and research, with focus on family resilience, contemporary families, and spiritual resources.

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