Book Discussion: Coping with Trauma: Strategies for Thriving Not Just Surviving

Clinical Book Discussion Program presents:

Clinical Title:  Coping with Trauma: Strategies for Thriving Not Just Surviving

Book Title:          Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing by Shari Botwin, LCSW
Presenters:         Shari Botwin LCSW
Date:                     Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time:                    11:30am-2:30pm | 3 CEUs (Please arrive by 11:00 for refreshments and conversation)
Location:                    Merion Station, PA (specific address provided once registration is complete)

Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing, by Shari Botwin, LCSW offers insight into overcoming trauma related to an array of circumstances including physical and sexual abuse, war-related injury, loss due to accident or illness, and natural disasters. Shari’s book shows readers, through personal stories, how many who have experienced the worst kinds of trauma have managed to move on and thrive beyond their experiences. Often, those who live through trauma come away with feelings of shame, guilt, anger, and despair. These are common, even normal, responses in the immediate aftermath. Left unaddressed, though, those feelings may develop into substance abuse problems, eating disorders, depression or anxiety. Learning how to move on, to pick up and live life again takes effort and guidance. Shari guides readers through the stories of others who go on to live fulfilling, happy lives, and provides tools for feeling and moving on in life. Letting go of the shame, guilt and anger and fear associated with tragic events is crucial to reclaiming a full life. Strategies such as journaling, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral restructuring, and healthy relationships to aid in recovery are explored and explained, so readers can adopt those strategies that work best for them.

Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating in the discussion, attendees will:

  1. Develop strategies for addressing boundary issues and countertransference.
  2. Identify the role of shame and guilt in the recovery process.
  3. Describe the power of patients’ stories when working with trauma survivors
  4. Identify methods of healthy coping strategies designed to replace self-destructive behaviors.


About the Presenter:
Shari Botwin, LCSW has been counseling survivors of all types of trauma and abuse in her Cherry Hill, New Jersey private practice for over twenty-two years. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University in 1996. Shari has conducted keynote presentations for universities and professional conferences throughout the country. She has given commentary on breaking stories related to trauma on a variety of international media outlets; including, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, CTV News, Cp-24 News, CNN and Radio Europe. Shari has also published feature articles in several online trade magazines including, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Toronto Star, Medium and The Associated Press.

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 3 ethics 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 3 clinical 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: Book Discussion: Coping with Trauma: Strategies for Thriving Not Just Surviving
  • February 29, 2020
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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