SSW Hosts Free Public Lecture: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Evidence-Based Practice: Friends or Foes?

Smith College School for Social Work is pleased to announce a free, virtual public lecture on June 24, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET in honor of the retirement of Professor Jim Drisko and his years of service and his contributions to the School. The lecture invites clinicians to explore the world of clinical social work and how evidence-based practice process (EBP) can and should be a critical part of every social work practice. Registration for the free event is required and 1.5 CEs are available for social workers and psychologists for a $15 fee. 

Abstract: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Evidence-Based Practice: Friends or Foes?

Within the world of clinical social work, and in particular psychodynamically oriented work, there have been growing tensions between those who perceive clinical social work as an art versus a science. While there are some scholars that have demonstrated the effectiveness of psychodynamically-oriented interventions (such as Shedler and Fonagy), the issue of how psychodynamically trained social workers can incorporate research into their everyday practices has been very limited, both in the literature and discussions within clinical practice circles. An important focus should be on psychodynamic interventions as both an art and a science. This presentation will identify how the evidence-based practice process (EBP) can and should be a critical part of every social work practice, and how its principles can be a complement to, and enhancement of, the psychodynamic interventions that clinical social workers are using within their practices.

The lecture is presented by Melissa Grady, M.S.W. '96, Ph.D. '04. Grady's research areas are in the translation of evidence-based practice and on the prevention of sexual violence. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications written on these topics and has presented at numerous international, national and regional refereed conferences as well as provided a number of continuing education trainings for various organizations. In addition, she serves on several editorial boards, including Sexual Abuse and Clinical Social Work Journal, and on local and national committees, including the Area 2 Representative for the local ATSA Chapter – MARATSA. She has been an active practitioner for over 20 years and maintains a private practice in Washington DC. Her clinical experience includes both work in the public mental health sector and private sector. She has worked with clients who have committed sexual crimes and who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management as well as other mental health issues. She is an associate professor at Catholic University’s National School of Social Service where she teaches in the areas of mental health, clinical practice, clinical theory and research methods to masters and doctoral students.

Public lectures are free and open to the public. One and one-half (1.5) Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for social workers and psychologists. The cost to register for CEs is $15 per lecture. Registration is required for all attendees, even those who do not wish to earn CEs. Registration will close at noon on June 23.

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