Book: Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss (PSCSW Members-Only Event)

Clinical Title: Navigating Client Through The Challenge of Transitions

Presenter: Deborah D. Shain, MSS, LCSW, BCD
Date: Sunday August 27, 2017
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
(Please arrive at 9:30 for light breakfast, sign-in, and socialization.)
Location: Margate, New Jersey

Book Description:
The book written as a children’s storybook depicts the journey of life and its challenges during times of life transition. For anyone at any age who is challenged by change, Dr. Seuss' masterful tale instructs readers to move forward  and overcome obstacles. Ideal for any age this book has been a guide to graduates of Kindergarten through college and remains an inspiring advisor to adults attempting to overcome the fear of the unknown. In delightful verse, we read about people encountering a place simply called "The Waiting Place", which is ominously addressed as being a place where everyone is stuck waiting for something to happen. (Could this be the place in which our clients seek therapy? Or do they come to a therapist when “Some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll pay against you”) As the protagonist continues to explore, spurred on by the thoughts of places he will visit and things he will discover, the book cheerfully concludes with the reader finding resiliency, hope, and celebration.

Clinical Learning Objectives: By reading this book and engaging in the discussion participants will:

  1. Identify ambivalence aroused by the uncertainties of coping with life transitions.
  2. Discuss discomfort brought about by the seeming powerlessness of the client experiencing the “waiting place.”
  3. Develop therapeutic techniques designed to encourage growth in clients challenged by transitions.

About the Presenter:
Deborah D. Shain, MSS, LCSW, BCD, is an educator, clinical supervisor and Chair of the Professional Standards, Ethics, and Licensing Committee and is a long-time Board member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work. In her private practice, she specializes in relationship therapy and individual treatment of adults seeking insight regarding their behavior and interactions with their families and co-workers. She also coaches executives, professionals, and graduate students seeking success in their professional and academic settings. She taught Crisis Intervention and Group Dynamics at Cabrini College, and at Drexel University Medical School, she teaches psychiatry residents “Human Sexuality: Interventions and Treatment for Patients With Sexual Concerns.” At the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Deborah was the creator, director, and teacher of Human Sexuality, and was the Director of Programs for Academic Support in the Office of Medical Education. She has published essays based on Margaret Mahler’s Developmental point of view, and has written two medical education books: Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Students: Find and Use Your Personal Learning Style, published by Springer-Verlag.

PSCSW Members Only Event

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register 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 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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  • August 27, 2017
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm