Book Club: The Clinical Issues and Challenges of Having a Relative with Schizophrenia

PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program presents:

Clinical Title: The Clinical Issues and Challenges of Having a Relative with Schizophrenia.

Book: The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia by Marin Sardy.

Presented by: Shirley Tung, LCSW; with a special guest appearance by the author via skype.

Date:   Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Time: 11am-2pm | 3 CEUs

(Please arrive by 10:30 for refreshments and conversation)

Place: Conshohocken (specific address and directions will be provided after registration)


Book Description: Against the starkly beautiful backdrop of Anchorage, Alaska, where she grew up, Marin Sardy weaves a fearless account of the shapeless thief—schizophrenia—that kept her mother immersed in a world of private delusion and later manifested in her brother, ultimately claiming his life. The Edge of Every Day draws on topics from neuroscience and evolution to mythology and art rock to shape its brilliant inquiry into how the mind works. In the process, Sardy casts new light on the treatment of the mentally ill in our society.

Clinical Goal: As clinical social workers, we can feel helpless supporting clients with a family member who is afflicted schizophrenia; this book informs a response to these clients, and raises questions and clinical opportunities to better serve this population.

Learning Objectives:  By reading this book and participating in the discussion, participants will:

1) Analyze the traumatic effects of serious mental illness on family members.

2) Identify the deficiencies in the American legal and medical system for treating psychotic patients and supporting their families.

3) Identify innovative resources for psychotic patients and their families, and generate ideas for improving the current system.

About the Presenters:

Shirley Tung, LCSW received her MSS from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in 1996. For 19 years, Shirley provided worked at Life Counseling Services as a psychotherapist, site manager and clinical supervisor.  She studied at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and is a credentialed psychoanalyst.  She is currently in private practice with offices in Paoli and Drexel Hill.  She is interested in writing about her clinical work with clients in a personal and accessible way, and is working on a book with a psychoanalytic writing group based in New York City.

Marin Sardy‘s essays and criticism have appeared in Tin HouseGuernicaThe RumpusFourth GenreThe Missouri ReviewARTnews, and Art Ltd., as well as in two award-winning photography books, Landscape Dreams and Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby. She has also been the arts editor in chief at Santa Fe’s Santa Fean magazine. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Sardy has twice had her work listed among the year’s notable essays in Best American Essays. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.


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 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 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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  • November 9, 2019
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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