Elizabeth Kita


Elizabeth (Beth) Kita is a clinical social worker in public/private practice in San Francisco, California. In her private practice, she works primarily with people contending with the effects of complex posttraumatic stress and vicarious traumatization; her work in a public clinic (the Behavioral Health Reintegration Program) is with people who are returning to the community following lengthy periods of incarceration. She obtained her MSW from UC Berkeley and her PhD from Smith College, School for Social Work. In addition to her clinical work, Beth teaches SW260 (Forensic Social Work) in the MSW program at UC Berkeley, and is the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Clinical Social Work. She thinks, writes, presents and consults on the intersections of race/racism, trauma, violence, incarceration and psychodynamic social work praxis in the United States.




Kita, E. (2019). “They Hate Me Now but Where Was Everyone When I Needed Them?”: Mass Incarceration, Projective Identification, and Social Work Praxis. Psychoanalytic Social Work, Doi: 10.1080/15228878.2019.1584118

Kita, E. (2015). Public Safety, Psychological Security: A Practice-Informed Research Study Exploring How California Parole Agents Experience Their Work. Smith Studies In Social Work, 85 (1), 5-29.

Kita, E. (2011).  Making It Thinkable:  A Psychodynamic Approach to the Psychosocial Problems of Prisons and Prisoners.  In:  Berzoff, J. (Ed.) Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Social Work with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations, New York: Columbia University Press.

Kita, E.  (2011). Potential and Possibility:  Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Social Change With Incarcerated Patients. Clinical Social Work Journal, 39, 9-1.

Berzoff, J. and Kita, E. (2010). Compassion Fatigue and Countertransference: Two Different Concepts.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 3, 341-349