Book: Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human by Michael Chorost

Clinical Title: Choices Faced by Deaf Clients: Joining the Hearing World versus the Signing Community

Presenter: Shirley Tung, MSS, LCSW
Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 10 am – 1 pm | 3 CEs
(Please come at 9:30 A.M. for light breakfast and socializing.)
Location: Philadelphia, PA 19144

Book Description: At the age of 36, Michael Chorost was plunged into a world of silence. Born hard of hearing in 1964, he lived and thrived in the general population with the help of hearing aids and lip reading. The day his ears died, he was faced with a choice: to live in silence or to artificially restore his hearing by means of a cochlear implant. The author guides us through his experience of becoming a "cyborg:" part human, part computer, who now must learn to hear in a new way. He shares with us his struggle with the isolation of deafness, the meaning of life as a cyborg, the difference between listening and hearing, and the implications of cochlear implants for the survival of the signing deaf community.

Rational for Choice of Book: As clinical social workers, we are trained to listen. Michael Chorost discovers that learning how to listen helps him hear, and that hearing connects him to himself and to others. His journey informs our understanding of the warmth and closeness of the signing community, the fragmentation of the hearing population, the frightening isolation of deafness, and the importance of respecting the choices deaf clients make for themselves and for the children.

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Discover how hearing impairments isolate individuals and hinder their ability to feel joined to others.
  2. Understand the interaction between hearing and listening.
  3. Discuss the effects of cochlear implants on the deaf population, and explore how this technology might lead to the diminishing of The American Sign Language community.
  4. Discuss what it means to be a cyborg: how is a cyborg different from a human or a robot, and why it is important to understand the distinction.

About the Presenter:
Shirley Tung, MSS, LCSW, worked for 19 years as a counselor and site director at Life Counseling Services, providing therapy to individuals, families and couples as well clinical supervision to staff members. She trained at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and has been a credentialed analyst since 2013. She is currently in private practice with office locations in Paoli and Drexel Hill

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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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  • April 2, 2017
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm