Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Clinical Book Discussion Program presents Opening Up About Hard Topics With Children Such As Racism and Discrimination

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work

Clinical Book Discussion Program


Opening Up About Hard Topics With Children Such As Racism and Discrimination

Book Title: Jay’s Horrible Day

Presenters: Stacey B. Shapiro

Date:   Sunday, May 21, 2023

Time: 11am-2pm | 3 Ethics CEUs

PlaceOnline, Zoom


Jay’s Horrible Day, by Stacey Shapiro, is based on a situation her son experienced. The author is a white mother and Jay is her mixed-race son.  Jay's Horrible Day describes a six-year-old boy who experiences racism and discrimination at his day camp. In the book, Jay shares his feelings about being rejected because of his skin color. Coping skills and caring adults guide Jay as he finds ways to comprehend and cope with what happened.

Stacey will further discuss how to process painful experiences through stories in therapy and at home.  Children learn through play and visual processes.  Books can add a visual component for better integration of a topic the adult is trying to teach them. Engaging children in play can encourage deeper processing of challenging topics.  The use of books builds rapport, can help children feel less alone, and build resilience.

This book is designed to help parents, therapists, and teachers explain racism and discrimination to young children. It is for children ages 4-11 and their parents, therapists or teachers.  It can be used as a tool to prepare children for similar experiences or to help all children understand that racism exists, even if they do not directly experience it themselves. Jay's story promotes empathy so children learn how hurtful discrimination can be. The story encourages them to think before acting.

Often parents, educators and teachers are unaware of how young children can be on the receiving end of racism and discrimination.  It is shocking to the child and sometimes to parents. Even though the offending child is saying or doing discriminatory things and is probably repeating what they heard an adult say or do, it doesn’t hurt any less.

Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating the discussion, attendees will:

  1. Demonstrate the use of creating stories in therapy with children and parents.
  2. Create stories in therapy to bring about greater awareness and understanding and to process difficult experiences or traumatic events.
  3. Develop methods through reading and discussing books to aid in the recovery from traumatic experiences.
  4. Describe the value of bibliotherapy in clinical work.



About the Presenter:


Stacey B, Shapiro, received her MSW from Rutgers University.  Since 2003, she has worked in her private practice, Stacey B. Shapiro, LCSW, LLC, specializing in trauma and anxiety with children and families. She is trained in various modalities such as Play Therapy, Brainspotting, Hypnosis and Energy Psychology techniques.  In the past she was adjunct professor at Temple University’s Play Therapy Program.  She is the author of, Jay’s Horrible Day. She also has a coaching practice, Awareness Coaching, LLC where she provides Reiki and Intuitive Energy Balancing.


This is a PSCSW Members-Only Event.

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

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.
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 ethics 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 clinical or ethics 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 credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  •  May 21, 2023
     11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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