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Joan Berzoff, M.S.W., Ed.D.

Professor, Co-Chair of the HBSE Sequence, and Director of the End-of-Life Certificate Program

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Joan Berzoff currently teaches in the doctoral, masters, and end-of-life care programs. She directs the End of Life certificate program. She formerly served as the co-director of the doctoral program and before that as the chair of the human behavior in the social environment sequence at Smith, which she now co-chairs. She has co-edited six books: Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Psychopathology in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts, Editions 1, 2 and 3; Dissociative Identity Disorders: the Controversy in the Diagnosis and Treatment (1995); Living with Dying: A Handbook for End of Life Care Practitioners published in 2004, and Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations, published in 2011. Dr. Berzoff has written over 25 articles on a range of subjects including: women's development; intersubjectivity; curriculum development; women's friendships; death, dying and bereavement; psychodynamic theory and practice; trauma; compassion fatigue; program evaluation; telephonic teaching; end-of-life care curriculum; and disenfranchised populations. She has also been a visiting professor at the Sanville Institute in Los Angeles and at the University of Pennsylvania doctoral program.

Berzoff was the recipient of one of the first Social Work Leader Awards from the Project on Death in America funded by the Soros foundation and was a recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award from the National Academies of Practice. She was also the only social worker serving on the Compassionate Care Advisory Board for Aetna. In 2009 she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Massachusetts chapter of NASW. She is in private practice in Northampton, where she works with adults and lectures nationally and internationally on issues of death and dying, women's issues and psychodynamic theory and practice with multicultural and vulnerable populations.

Education

Ed.D., Boston University

M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work

A.B., Washington University

Professional Interests

Areas of Current Research

Selected Publications

Berzoff, J., Flanagan, L and Hertz, P. (2011), Inside Out and Outside In : Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Psychopathology in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts 

Berzoff, J. (2011). Chapter revision: Affective Disorders chapter. In Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Theories and Practice in Multicultural Settings, 3rd edition.

Berzoff, J. (2011). The Transformative Nature of Grief and Bereavement, Clinical Social Work Journal, Vol. 39(3), 262-269.

Berzoff, J. (2011). Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations. New York: Columbia Press.

Berzoff, J., Hertz, P. & Flanagan, L. (2011). Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and practice in contemprary multicultural contexts (3nd edition). Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.

Berzoff, J. & Kita, E. (2010). Compassion Fatigue and Countertransference: Two Different Concepts. Clinical Social Work Journal, 38, 341-349.

Berzoff, J. & Kokaliari, E. (2008). Non-suicidal self injury among non-clinical college women in Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 23(3), 250–270.

Berzoff, J. and Swantkowski, J. (2008) Developing a renal supportive care team from the voices of patients, families and palliative care staff. Palliative & Supportive Care, 6, 133–139.

Berzoff, J., Hertz, P. & Flanagan, L. (2008). Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and practice in contemporary multicultural contexts. Hillsdale, NJ: Aronson Press, 2nd edition.

Berzoff, J. & Csikai, E.. (Eds.) (2007). Special issue on Zelda Foster, Journal of Social Work in End of Life and Palliative Care, 3(2).

Berzoff, J. (2007). Smith College School for Social Work Curriculum in End of Life Care. In E. Csikai & B. Jones (Eds.), Teaching resources for end of life care and palliative care courses, 12-18 : New York: Lyceum.

Berzoff, J. (2007). Working relationally at the end of life. Clinical Social Work Journal

Berzoff, J. (Co-editor) (2007). Special issue on Zelda Foster. Journal of Social Work End of Life and Palliative Care, 3(2)

Corless, I. & Berzoff, J. (2007) Zelda's life: Attention must be paid. Journal of Social Work End of Life and Palliative Care, 3(2), 10–17.

Berzoff, J. (2008; 2011). Chapters: Drive Theory (Chap. 2); Erik Erikson (Chap. 5); Gender and Psychodynamic Theory (Chap. 6); Relational and Intersubjective Theories (Chap. 10); Anxiety Disorders (Chap. 13); Depression and Other Mood Disorders (Chap. 14); Introduction and Conclusion. In J. Berzoff, L.M. Flanagan & P. Hertz (Eds.), Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and practice in contemporary multicultural contexts (2nd edition). New York: Columbia University Press.

Berzoff, J. (2006). Narratives of grief: Lessons from Terri Shiavo. Journal of Supportive and Palliative Care.

Berzoff, J., Bettmann, J., Padykula, N., & Thompson, K. (2006). Innovations in doctoral education: Evaluating a telephonic seminar for doctoral students. The Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Berzoff, J., Dane, B., & Cait, C.A. (2006). Developing and evaluating curriculum in end-of-life care. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 25(3/4), 63–88.

Berzoff, J., Lucas, G., DeLuca, D., Gerbino, S., Browning, D., Chachkes, E. (2006). Clinical social work education in palliative and EOL care: Relational approaches. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life Care, 6(2), 18-29.

Cohen, Elin and Berzoff. (2004). Dissociative Identity Disorders, Controversies in the Diagnosis and Treatment. Jason Aronson Press.

Berzoff, J. (2004). Psychodynamic theories in grief and bereavement (chap. 13). In J. Berzoff & P. Silverman (Eds.), Living with Dying: A Handbook for End of Life Care Practitioners. New York: Columbia University Press.

Berzoff, J. (2004). When a client dies. Journal of Analytic Social Work, 11(1), 15–22.

Berzoff, J., & Silverman, P. (Eds.). (2004). Living with Dying: A Handbook for End of Life Care Practitioners. New York: Columbia University Press.

Berzoff, J. (Ed.) (2003). Special issue on end of life care, Smith College Studies in Social Work, 73(3).

Berzoff, J. (1999). The patient failed. Or did she? How a transplantation patient and a donor's unmet needs became the catalyst for change. Reflections: Journal for the Helping Professions.

Berzoff, J. & Mattei, L.M. (1999). Teaching intersubjectivity: Paradox or possibility? Smith College Studies in Social Work, 69(2).

Berzoff, J., Woods, A., Cohen, L., & Cait, C.A. (1999). Family perspective of end-of-life care and end-stage renal disease: The role of the social worker. Journal of Nephrology Social Work, 19, 9–21.

Berzoff, J., Flanagan, L. & Hertz, P. (1996). Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clnical theory and practice in contemporary multicultural contexts. Hillsdale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1st edition.

Berzoff, J., Flanagan, L.M. & Hertz, P. (1996). Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and practice in contemporary multicultural contexts. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc. [Currently being revised]

Cohen, L., Berzoff, J. & Elin, M. (1995). Dissociative identity disorders: Controversies in the diagnosis and treatment. Hillsdale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc.

Berzoff, J., Cohen, L, & Elin, M. (Eds.). (1995). Dissociative identity disorder: Theoretical and treatment controversies. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc.

Berzoff, J. & Darwin, J. (1995). Treatment of character: Treatment of Trauma? In J. Berzoff, L. Cohen, & M. Elin (Eds.), Dissociative identity disorder: Theoretical and treatment controversies. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Press.

Selected Presentations

2011: Falling through the cracks: Psychodynamic practice with at-risk clients. Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

2011: The transformative nature of grief. Ben Israel Hospital, Boston.

2010: Biopsychosocial assessment and treatment. 2nd Annual Psychodynamic Endowed Fairbanks lecture, University of Texas Austin, Austin, TX.

2010: The transformative nature of grief and bereavement. Summer Lecture Series, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.

2009: Psychological theories of grief and bereavement. Clinical Society, Washington, DC; Yale Child Study, New Haven, CT.

2008: The transformative aspects of grief and bereavement. Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

2008: The transformative nature of grief. Distinguished speaker, Alumni Association, Salem State School for Social Work, Salem, MA.

2008: The transformative nature of grief and bereavement. American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, New York City.

2008: Compassion fatigue and countertransference: New wine in old bottles? With Joel Kanter, American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, New York City.

2008: Meeting the needs of renal patients at the end of life. Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

2008: Psychodynamic theories of death, dying and bereavement. Convocation speaker, Sanville Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

2007: Contemporary issues in women's development. Clinical Society of Washington, DC.

2007: Innovations in doctoral education: Distance methodology applied. With J. Bettman, N. Padykula & K.Thompson. Southwestern Social Work Association, Albuqurque, NM.

2007: Social caring: Issues in end of life care. National Membership Committee on Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, 10th National Conference: The Examined Life, Chicago, IL.

2006: Narratives of grief: Making meaning, making change. NASW 2006 Symposium, Marlborough, MA.

2005: Narratives of grief and bereavement: Lessons from Terry Shiavo. Keynote address, Controversies in EOL Care, conference co-sponsored by SCSSW & Baystate Medical Center, Northampton, MA.

2005: Grief's legacy. Keynote address, MassCare coalition, Northampton MA.

2005: Psychodynamic theories of grief. Social Work Month Distinguished Lecturer, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

2005: Theories of grief and bereavement. City of Hope, Los Angeles, CA.

2005: The use of bereavement as a model for social change. Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore.

2004: Psychodynamic theories of grief and bereavement. Social Work Grand Rounds, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.

2004: Meaning making as empowerment. Psychoanalytic Social Work Society, Durham, NC.

2004: Freud and his followers. Keynote speaker, Hospice of Baltimore.

2004: Narratives and meaning. Keynote address, NASW, Vermont chapter.

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, NASW-MA (2009)

Outstanding Social Work Scholar Award, National Academies of Practice (2002)

Project on Death in America Leadership Award (1999)

Grants

$500,000 ROI grant (with Dr. L. Cohen) (under review) to develop a hospice model for renal patients, NIDDK, Washington, DC

$4,000 CRI grant to evaluate telephonic clinical seminar for 1st year doctoral students at SCSSW

$4,000 CRI grant to evaluate EOL-care certificate programs at SCSSW & NYUSSW

$40,000 K. Schwartz Foundation grant to support innovative supervision for certificate program in EOL care, Boston, MA

$60,000 Open Society Institute grant to develop post-MSW certificate program in EOL care, New York, NY

$12,000 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to study women's writing groups as change agents