Wayne State University faculty member, Jerrold R. Brandell, named Distinguished ProfessorApril 21, 2008
Brandell is a member of Wayne State's School of Social Work faculty, which he joined in 1992. He previously taught at Michigan State University and at Boston University, where he designed and directed the Boston University Postgraduate Certificate Program in Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
He has also been Visiting Professor of Social Work at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His current research interests focus on psychoanalysis, film, and popular culture; clinical process in psychotherapy; and psychodynamic supervision.
A practicing psychoanalyst and social worker psychotherapist, Brandell completed his psychoanalytic training at Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, his master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his doctorate at the University of Chicago, where he was an Edith Abbott Doctoral Teaching Fellow. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He is affiliated with the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and the Clinical Social Work Association, and is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Psychoanalytic Social Work, now in its fifteenth year of publication. Brandell is also the author or editor of eight books including: "Attachment and Dynamic Practice: An Integrative Guide for Social Workers and Other Clinicians" (Columbia University Press, 2007), "Psychodynamic Social Work" (Columbia University Press, 2004), and "Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the Movies" (State University of New York Press, 2004).
Other book projects have included "Of Mice and Metaphors: Therapeutic Storytelling with Children" (Basic Books, 2000) and an anthology on clinical practice titled, "Theory and Practice in Clinical Social Work" (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 1997).
Brandell has presented to more than 50 national and international conferences and colloquia in social work, psychoanalysis, psychiatry and psychology in the United States, Europe, Israel and New Zealand. He has addressed such topics as transference and countertransference, the treatment alliance in child and adolescent psychotherapy, narrative case study, psychoanalytic supervision, clinical social work education and the psychotherapy of multiracial children.
In 2007, he gave the First Annual Jean Leach Lecture at Family Services of Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously he was the Day-Garrett Lecturer at Smith College School of Social Work, and has also given the Joan Greenstone Memorial Lecture in Chicago by joint invitation of the Loyola University School of Social Work and the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Recently, he was invited to present a half-day workshop at the Fifth International Congress of Psychotherapy, to be held in Beijing, China, in October 2008.
Brandell, who is a Board Certified Diplomate in clinical social work (BCD), is actively involved in clinical practice, consultation and supervision, and in 2001, was honored by being elected to membership in the National Academies of Practice.
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