Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW

Chair, MA in Clinical Psychology program
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Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW is the Chair of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program. Dr. Wolfson received her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University School of Social Work. Her experience includes thirty years in clinical practice and sixteen years as an administrator in social service agencies. She has been teaching for over twenty years (including twelve years at AUSB and at Columbia University School of Social Work,  New York). She has a strong background and interest in psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, narrative, and systemic theories. Her clinical approach is integrative and systemically oriented.

Dr. Wolfson’s professional accomplishments include the creation of an innovative gang violence intervention program pairing at-risk youth with Holocaust survivors. She was Project Associate in the production of two films in collaboration with UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies (screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2006 & 2007). Dr. Wolfson was an innovator of the pioneering “Santa Barbara Village,” a membership program supporting independent living for seniors as they age.  She has presented nationally and internationally on a range of topics including: “Gender Issues In Psychotherapy”, “Diversity and Dialogue Through the Arts: A Community Endeavor,” “Practicing Poetically: Harnessing the Essential Magic of Language In Psychotherapy”,  “Holocaust Survivors and Gang Member: An Encounter Transforming Participants’ Attitudes Towards Vengeance and Forgiveness”,  “The Secrets of Healthy Aging”, and “Assessment and Intervention with the Aged: A Systemic Approach”.  Her publications include “Practicing Poetically: A Client-Centered Multi Theoretical Response To Trauma”, and “The Fee In Social Work: Ethical Dilemmas For Practitioners”. In 2003, Dr. Wolfson was named Administrator of the Year by National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Santa Barbara Chapter and in 2006 she received the “AJFCA Kovod Award” for Excellence in Media.

In addition to overseeing the Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University, Dr. Wolfson also serves as Vice President of Professional Development on the Board of NASW and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Santa Barbara.