"Years after my doctoral education at Sanville Institute (The then California Institute for Clinical Social Work), I continue to look back at my education there as invaluable. Those who have gone directly to other doctoral programs, especially those in psychoanalysis, don't know what they have missed -- the exceptional depth and integration of clinical theory and practice are unique. "
Joan Dasteel, MSW, PhD, 1978 graduate
“The Sanville Institute provided a program that encouraged my growth as a professional. More importantly, the community encouraged my personal growth. I believe it is the integration between professional and personal growth that the seasoned clinician emerges with the satisfaction and pride in the achievement of the Ph.D.”
Gaye Wein-Shepard, MSW, PhD 1996 Graduate
“The Institute remains a vibrant community dedicated to excellence in clinical education, practice, and research. The faculty has developed and integrated into the curriculum an exciting new approach to our "social" perspective. Our curriculum has always included the traditional social work view of understanding the client in his or her social and cultural surround. This new addition seeks to contextualize our theories themselves and to make conscious our socially determined epistemologies, thereby deepening our capacity to critique theory.”
Gareth S. Hill, MSW, PhD, 1978, former Dean of The Sanville Institute
“The Sanville Institute offers students an opportunity for clinical expansion through exciting and innovative learning opportunities. The students have a learning ground that extends their theoretical knowledge and clinical practice. The experience of learning together with peers and subjecting oneself to other clinicians' evaluation is an invaluable tool for clinical expansion.”
Lili Hodis, PhD, Psy.D., Consulting Faculty
"The program at the Institute encouraged my curiosity and provided the opportunity to explore diverse avenues of thought about clinical work. The group I studied with in the colloquium was great fun and was very supportive. I came to know myself better and felt more able to help those I saw in therapy."
Terry Schulman, MS, PhD, 1999. graduate
“I am very proud to be associated with The Sanville Institute. Being one of the early attendees, my professional and personal lives have been enriched in so many ways over the past 26 years. The lifelong learning and collegial relationships afforded by the Institute are most meaningful to me.”
Elaine Leader , MSW, PhD, 1981 Graduate