Film: Ben is Back

Clinical Title: Reunification and ghosts of the past: exploring issues of recovery and home life.

Presenter: Ben Adiletto, LSW

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019

Time:12:00-4:30pm | 2 CEs

Location: Merion Station, PA

(Exact location will be emailed to you once you RSVP.)



The feature film, “Ben is Back” is the story of a family and addiction. On Christmas eve Ben (Played by Lucas Hedges) returns from in-patient treatment to the surprise of his entire family. Ben states that he has completed treatment and was encouraged to take a trip home. Matriarch Holly Burns (Played by Julia Roberts) greets him warmly with the condition that he does not leave her sight for 24 hours. The family dog is stolen by an acquaintance from Ben’s past. What transpires next is how does Ben retrieve the dog while Holly attempts to keep her son safe. Ben and Holly Burns are taken on a Christmas journey through Ben’s past and displays addiction as a family issue.


Rationale for Presentation:

Social Workers who work with people who present a variety of problems will encounter people who have been or their loved ones have been affected by addiction. The circumstances of their addiction and the understanding of how addiction evolves and touches those closest to the person living with addiction. The film touches on family dynamics, systemic issues, over-prescription, and the cycle of addiction.



  1. Attendees will discuss the impact of addiction
  2. Attendees will be able to identify ethical issues involved in medical professional's roles in addiction.
  3. Attendees will discuss assumptions about biopsychosocial expectations in the development of addiction.
  4. Attendees will identify the impact of public scrutiny of complex addiction issues.

About the Presenter:

Ben Adiletto, LSW graduated from Stockton University with his MSW in 2017. He cut his teeth in social work at a grief support and traumatic loss center. During his MSW program, Ben worked to expand grief support groups into Atlantic City and surrounding areas serving children from 1st to 12th grade facilitating support groups. Post Graduation,Ben worked with people in recovery at an in-patient facility working with adults. Currently he is working with foster youth to locate and engage disconnected family members at Turning Points for Children in the Family Finding department. Ben is currently pursuing his LCSW and is co-chair of the PSCSW Film Committee. The name of the presenter and the name of the film are a coincidence.

Participants who attend this program 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.)


Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend; $20 for Non 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.

Non Members: There is a $10 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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  •  November 23, 2019
     12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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