*$300 - Current PSCSW Members | BMC Alums | Field Instructors of current BMC students | Agency-funded groups of 3 or more
This course addresses the centrality of attachment in early development and our ongoing attachment needs throughout life. Characteristics of attachment security and patterns of attachment insecurity are discussed, including how attachment insecurity underlies personality organization, symptoms of anxiety and depression, anger expression and relationship dynamics. Our knowledge of attachment theory is applied to our clinical work by taking a view of the therapeutic relationship as an attachment relationship with goals of promoting self integration, affect regulation, reflectiveness, and the capacity for healthy dependency in our clients. The role of nonverbal, unconscious communication is emphasized, as well as the inevitability and handling of enactments in the intersubjective clinical space. Mentalization, or reflective functioning, is explicated and understood as a mechanism for cultivating attachment security. Each session begins with a didactic presentation that is followed by small group clinical supervision. The 7-8 member supervision groups create a safe space to present and explore case material from the perspectives discussed in the course. To maintain a cohesive cohort, participants are expected to commit to attendance at all sessions.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS^
Students who do not plan to use the group supervision hours toward LCSW requirements are eligible to receive 15 continuing education credits for the program (2.5/session). Students who apply the group supervision hours toward their LCSW supervision requirements are eligible to receive 9 continuing education credits (1.5/session) and 6 supervision hours (1/session). Continuing education credits earned will be emailed following the completion of the program.
NOTE: State board regulations stipulate that group supervision be done simultaneously with individual supervision. Since the maximum number of supervision hours per week is two, one of those hours must be individual.
Toni Mandelbaum, PhD, LCSW, is in private practice in Center City Philadelphia and works with individuals and couples utilizing an attachment framework. She received her MSW from Columbia University and later, completed a three-year training program with The Family Institute of Philadelphia. Additionally, she is a certified coder for the Adult Attachment Interview. Toni's dissertation research in support of her recently awarded PhD from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research focused on an empirically-based study of the relationship between attachment strategies and grit.
Leda Sportolari, MSW, LCSW, is in private practice in Bala Cynwyd, working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has a particular interest in working with young children and their families, using an attachment-based perspective to understand and treat social-emotional-behavioral problems. Leda is past-president of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and is an adjunct faculty member at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She is a therapist and consultation group leader with A Home Within, a nonprofit organization that offers pro-bono ongoing therapy to children and youth who are in or have been in foster care. She offers sliding scale clinical supervision to MSWs pursuing LCSW licensure.