Sanville, Jean 1918- (Jean Livermore, Jean B. Sanville, Jean Bovard Sanville)

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Sanville, Jean 1918- (Jean Livermore, Jean B. Sanville, Jean Bovard Sanville)


Born December 6, 1918, in Tionesta, PA; daughter of Forest Stewart (a physician) and Ruth (an educator) Bovard; married Richard Livermore (deceased); married Richard de Cordova Sanville; children: Joan Palmer, Peter Livermore. Ethnicity: "French and English." Education: University of Colorado, B.A., 1940; Smith College, M.S.S., 1942; further graduate study at University of Pittsburgh, 1942-43; International College, Los Angeles, CA, Ph.D., 1978; also attended Oxford University, 1985, and Cambridge University, 1991. Politics: "Usually Democratic." Religion: Protestant.


Home and office—Los Angeles, CA.


Caseworker for family service agencies in New York, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Los Angeles, CA, 1942-46; Veterans Administration Psychiatric Clinic, Los Angeles, psychiatric social worker and supervisor, 1946-47; Hacker Psychiatric Clinic, Beverly Hills, CA, psychotherapist, 1947-58; private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, beginning 1958. University of California, Los Angeles, visiting associate professor, 1948-66, lecturer, 1968-77; Smith College, faculty member, 1984-98; Harvard University, lecturer, 1987, 1988; Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, founder, past president, and faculty member. National Academies of Practice, distinguished practitioner; California Institute for Clinical Social Work (now Sanville Institute), president of board of trustees, 1974-76, dean of institute, 1977-79; mental health consultant to governments in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Far East.


International Psychoanalytic Association, World Federation for Mental Health, National Association of Social Workers (cofounder; charter member), Association for Applied Psychoanalysis, American Orthopsychiatric Association (life fellow), Society for Clinical Social Work (president, 1974-76), California Society for Clinical Social Work (founder; past president), Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board.


Certificate of appreciation, California Society for Clinical Social Work, 1979; Day Garret Award, School for Social Work, Smith College, 1986; award from National Association of Social Workers, 1996.


(With Joel Shor) Illusion in Loving: A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Evolution of Intimacy and Autonomy, Double Helix Press (Los Angeles, CA), 1978.

The Playground of Psychoanalytic Therapy, Analytic Press (Hillsdale, NJ), 1991.

(Under name Jean B. Sanville; editor, with Joyce Edward) Fostering Healing and Growth: A Psychoanalytic Social Work Approach, J. Aronson (Northvale, NJ), 1996.

(Editor, with Ellen Ruderman) Therapies with Women in Transition, Analytic Press (Hillsdale, NJ), 2003.

Contributor to books, including The Human Course of Life, edited by Charlotte Buehler, Springer Publishing, 1968; and The Vulnerable Child, edited by E. James Anthony and Collette Chiland, Wiley, 1978. Contributor to psychology journals, sometimes under name Jean Livermore. Editor, Clinical Social Work Journal, 1981-96.


Jean Sanville once wrote: "Changes in the social scene are making for changes in the nature of complaints with which patients come to psychotherapy. These necessitate a rethinking of old concepts, old approaches. Particularly important in our thinking is the dialectic between the two lines of development: that of the 'self' (autonomy) and that of the social (object relationships). I travel a great deal, and particularly enjoy travel which permits meaningful contact with local people in the lands we visit."



Edward, Joyce, and Elaine Rose, editors, The Social Work Psychoanalyst's Casebook: Clinical Voices in Honor of Jean Sanville, Analytic Press (Hillsdale, NJ), 1999.

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