Film: Beautiful Boy (2018)

Clinical Title: Beautiful Boy: A discussion about recovery in families and the intersection of race, class, gender and identity

Presenters: Noel B. Ramirez, MPH. LCSW & Scott Cohen, LCSW

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm | 2 CEs
Location: Elkins Park, PA
(Exact location will be emailed to you once you RSVP.)

Description: Based on the book by writer David Sheff, Beautiful Boy explores the trials and tribulations of a family impacted by addiction. The film chronicles the heartbreaking moments where both father and son must confront their own truths about addiction and recovery.

The film provides opportunities for viewers to tune to the rhythm of chaos that often underscores active addiction cycles. During the Film group, participants will discuss reactions, counter-transference with people struggling with addiction and families, and will deconstruct themes of race, class, gender and sexuality in the film.

Theoretical Orientations: Systems Theory, Critical Race Theory, Use of Self
Key Concepts: Recovery-Resilience, Family dynamics of addiction, disruption and repair


  1. Increase knowledge of family dynamics as it relates to addiction and the recovery/addiction cycle.
  2. Deepen attunement skills to disruptions and moments of reparation during addiction/recovery cycles.
  3. Increase knowledge of local resources that provide resources and support for families struggling with substance abuse

About the Presenters:

Noel Ramirez, MPH, LCSW is a former New Yorker and now, current Philadelphian. He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, his Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in behavioral health at Arizona State University. He has been teaching graduate social work since 2014. Mr. Ramirez’s professional background and history has been grounded in communities that he is both personal and professionally committed to serving: youth communities, recovery community, gay/bisexual men, people of color, HIV/AIDS. Currently, he is a behavioral health consultant and project director for MAT expansion for a federally qualified health center, maintains a private practice focusing on gay/bisexual men in Philadelphia and teaches graduate social work at West Chester University and Columbia University. Outside of his professional interests, Noel spends his time learning how to cook, bike riding, listening to audio-books and having conversations about post-colonialism and popular culture.

Scott Cohen, LSW began his career in a long-term Alcoholism Treatment Facility in Upstate New York over 30 years ago. Since then he has worked in outpatient and inpatient programs, abstinence and harm-reduction groups and with diverse individuals at every stage of recovery. During the AIDS epidemic he advocated for integrated care of psychiatric patients and the dual diagnosed. Scott has watched with dismay the clash between recovery culture and evidence-based rehabilitation approaches, seen today in our disjointed system of substance abuse treatment. Since graduating from Temple School of Social Work in 2013, he has worked with traumatically injured patients in a hospital setting where he sees a significant population of substance abusers. Scott has been trained in a variety of treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based CBT, DBT and traditional 12-step models. He believes strongly that there is no effective one-size-fits-all system of care.

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:
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 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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  • April 28, 2019
    12:30 pm - 5:00 pm