Book: PoemCrazy : Freeing your Life with Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge

Clinical Title: The Use of Fantasy and Self-Expression in the Development of Self-Awareness

Presenter: Anjana Deshpande, MBA, LCSW

Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Place: Elkins Park, PA, 19027
(Exact address will be sent to you once you register.)

Book Description:
PoemCrazy: Freeing your Life with Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldrigde, is a poet’s account of the use of words to create and become fully present to the life that she was meant to live. This best-selling memoir discusses the use of poems as a means of self-discovery, acceptance, and mindfulness.

In this experiential discussion, participants will explore ways in which clinical social workers can validate the client’s emotional experience, and better understand the use of poetry and fantasy as a method of keeping a client’s sense of self from disintegrating. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore their own emotional landscape through the techniques suggested in the book.

Clinical Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how poems can be used as tools for safe expression, validation, and emotional integration
  2. Discuss the use of poems as a means of “mirroring” and enhancing empathetic listening to clients; and
  3. Learn therapeutic writing techniques that can be used with clients.

About the Presenter:

As a Therapist, Anjana works with a wide variety of individuals, and employs many ways to use Therapeutic Writing Techniques to help empower her clients. A certified Journal To The Self ™ (JTTS ) instructor since 2001, Anjana has used writing exercises with veterans, older adults and adolescents. She has published papers about her work with the veterans and the elderly, and has given workshops based on JTTS. An intuitive clinician, and an excellent presenter, Anjana has consistently received high ratings for her workshops. She helps client, as well as clinicians, become acquainted with the transformative power of writing. Anjana works with trauma survivors, clients dealing with grief and loss, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. In addition to her private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anjana is also a Certified Poetry Therapist.

Cancellation Policy:

PSCSW Members: 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.

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. Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).

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  • Event: Book: PoemCrazy : Freeing your Life with Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge
  • July 9, 2017
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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