Book: Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist’s Memoir by Annita Perez Sawyer (3 Ethics CEs)

Clinical Title: Ethical Issues and Clinical Considerations when the therapist is (or was) the patient.
Presenter: Shirley Tung, MSS, LCSW

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Inclement Weather Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm | 3 Ethics CEs
(Please come at 9:30 am for light breakfast and socialization.)
Location: Lancaster, PA

Book Description:

Dr. Annita Sawyer's memoir is a heroic and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was misdiagnosed, institutionalized, and subjected to 89 electroshock treatments before being transferred and labeled as "unimproved." The damage done haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist...until 2001, when she reviewed her hospital records and began to remember a broken childhood and the even more broken mental health system of the 50s and 60s. Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass is a cautionary tale of careless psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, both 50 years ago and today. It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness.

Rationale for choice of book: Many clinical social workers not only provide therapy but have received therapy themselves--some have even been hospitalized. It's not something we usually shout from the rooftops to friends and colleagues, let alone to clients. I was impressed by Dr. Sawyer's courage in writing this memoir that any of her patients could pick off the bookshelf and read. The book raises questions about the benefits and/or dangers of self-disclosure.

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Explore the treatment ramifications of misdiagnoses and the ethical responsibilities we as clinicians have to listen carefully and treat appropriately.
  2. Discuss the secrecy surrounding childhood sexual abuse as well as the shame and stigma connected with psychiatric hospitalizations.
  3. Identify pros and cons of self-disclosure when the mental health professional is the patient, as well as the ethical issues raised by both secrecy and openness.

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.

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.

Participants who attend this program will 3 Ethic CEs and must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits. (Please print this email and keep in your file along with your CE in case you are audited.)

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to 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).

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • January 28, 2017
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm