PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents: Becoming Oneself Through Integration of Parts

PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program


Becoming Oneself Through Integration of Parts

The Book: Becoming Duchess Goldblatt: A Memoir

Author: Anonymous

Clinical Title: Becoming Oneself Through Integration of Parts

Facilitator: Linda Barth, LCSW

Date: January 23, 2022

Time: 10:00-1:00 (3 CEUs)

Place: Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration

About The Book: An acerbic early middle aged woman with few friends is lonely and depressed. Recently divorced, she is mandated to share custody of her young son. She has a dying father and from childhood was burdened with a cold critical mother and a mentally ill brother. Faced with such losses she invents an alternative social media persona. Eighty-one-year-old, Duchess Goldblatt brings joy to all her followers. She listens, extends empathy, shares wisdom, uses humor, and is always positive. The singer songwriter Lyle Lovett becomes a follower and her close friend. In adopting this alternate personality, the author evolves and becomes her fuller, truer self.

Clinical Objectives:

By reading the book and engaging in the discussion, participants will:

  1. Analyze Duchess’s attachment issues and how this affected her response to losing full physical custody of her son.
  2. Identify the wounds of childhood which interfere with development and individuation
  3. Describe how -- as the fictional Duchess—the author created new positive neural pathways.
  4. Discuss the impact on the “normal” children in a family that must adjust to and care for a mentally ill sibling

About the Facilitator:

Linda Barth, LCSW has worked in the field of social work for almost 50 years. First in foster care as a child therapist and in a child development project. Then in private practice with children, adults and families. She uses many tools in her practice. She uses Gestalt therapy, EMDR, hypnosis, and IFS to name a few. In the past, she used sand tray and play therapy. She continues to grow and evolve and finds fulfillment in providing a safe space for her clients to do the same.

 This event is open to PSCSW members only.

Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy: There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program. No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours’ notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for 3 clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education clinical credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • January 23, 2022
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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