Book: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Clinical Title: Social Isolation: The Impact on Clients and the Clinician’s Response

Presenters: Claudia Apfelbaum, LCSW

Date:  Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Time:  11am-2pm | 3 CEUs
(Please arrive by 10:30 for refreshments and conversation)

Place: Mt. Airy, near Chestnut Hill, (specific address and directions will be provided after registration)

Book Description:
The novel depicts the development of Lily Owen, a fourteen year old motherless girl growing up in the American South during the sixties. Though lonely, Lily exhibits an innate ability to love despite socially imposed restrictions and her quest to be “part of” others’ lives. Because of the nurturing offered to her, and her hardiness facing her life challenges, Lily evolves into a resilient and spirited young woman. The theme of the book is, in part, loneliness. Alienation and loneliness causes some people to suicide and others afflicted by loneliness and self-neglect to wither and die before their time. The current epidemic of loneliness effects all ages through the life span. It is essential for health-care providers to address this epidemic and to work in the service of empowering clients to overcome isolation and loneliness.

Clinical Goal: To identify evidence of loneliness and social isolation and to address its impact on clients.

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

  1. Identify trauma of loneliness, and social and emotional isolation.
  2. Analyze the healing power of love for those who are socially isolated.
  3. Develop methods to support resilience in our clients.
  4. Support the creation of connection and a sense of community with our clients.


About the Presenter:
Claudia Apfelbaum, LCSW received her master’s in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1981. She is in private practice where she sees individuals and couples and runs a group on overcoming isolation. Claudia worked in various capacities with families, mothers and children, with clients with disabilities in an organization working toward their independence, and as the coordinator of the student volunteer center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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 (or social and cultural competence or ethics) 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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Event Wait List

  • Event: Book: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • June 22, 2019
    10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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The PSCSW Member - CE Requested ($10.00 (USD)) is available to members only. Sold Out
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