October 18: Fairbanks Lecture

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work presents its 2013 Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge:

Psychoanalytic Social Work Renewed:
Treating Community Violence One Life at a Time

Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D.

Friday, October 18, 1-4pm

Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work (directions and parking map here)

Free Admission – 3 CEU ($5)

RSVP required at ssw-profdev@utlists.utexas.edu or call 512-471-2885

Download the conference flyer here (pdf)

About the topic: Violence in our communities remains the most challenging “social plague” impacting our daily lives. The cycle of violence usually entangled in poverty, repeats itself in each generation when individuals and families are deprived of needed help. This presentation will describe findings from Project Realize, an in-school psychoanalytic treatment and research program in an alternative high school in Cicero, Illinois. The model, based upon the “forward edge” approach, provides individual and group treatment for students, most of whom have been expelled from their regular high schools for violent behavior. The impact of this approach on students, teachers and families has been proven successful in reducing anxiety, depression and violent behavior in students. Project Realize Project was awarded the 2012 Award for Excellence by the Association for Child Psychoanalysis.

Mark Smaller-FairbanksAbout the speakerMark D. Smaller, Ph.D., is President-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association. An adult and child psychoanalyst, he practices in Chicago and Southwest Michigan, and serves on the faculties of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Institute for Clinical Social Work. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in social work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Smaller is Founding Director of Project Realize. He is immediate past Executive Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in New York, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of the American Psychoanalytic Foundation. Dr. Smaller received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association.