Film: RBG (2018)

Clinical Title: “RBG” – a documentary about United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” A discussion about social justice and social change

Presenter: Gail J. Cummings, JD, MSS, LCSW

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | 2 CEs (Film and Discussion)
(Please arrive at 12:30 pm for registration, refreshments and networking.)
Location: Conshohocken, PA
(The exact location will be emailed to you after you register.)

Description and Reason for Film Choice:

This 2018 documentary, directed and produced by women, details the incredible career and legacy of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Ginsburg successfully argued five of six cases regarding gender discrimination before the U.S. Supreme Court. She advocated for both women and men facing gender-based bias, including a woman facing housing discrimination in the military, and a single father denied social security benefits normally paid only to single mothers. Ginsburg argued these cases to an all-male Supreme Court in the 1960s and 1970s, when gender discrimination was rampant in American society. As we know, many of these rights are in a new phase of embattlement today.

Through interviews with Justice Ginsburg and others, we learn about the methodical strategy and patience she exercised in her journey to gain women the rights that were being denied to them. This film gives us a strong history lesson on the social change and social justice that Ginsburg was instrumental in affecting. This film will also give us the opportunity to explore the complexity of bringing about social justice on an individual and societal level as is the ethical responsibility of all social workers.

Key Concepts: Social justice, Basic human well-being, empowerment of people who are vulnerable and oppressed, discrimination, problems in contemporary society, counseling approaches, practical considerations, ethical considerations, therapist responsibility.


  1. To deepen our understanding of the ethical requirement for social workers to enhance basic human well-being and promote social justice.
  2. To consider the definitions of social justice to assist social workers in pursuing their ethical responsibilities.
  3. To increase our psychodynamic clinical skills to help/advocate for clients who report being victims of bias or discrimination.
  4. To explore ways in which social workers can respond/advocate within their workplace when they witness bias or discrimination.

About the Presenter:
Gail J. Cummings, JD, MSS, LCSW is a business lawyer turned psychotherapist. Gail founded a private psychotherapy practice in 2002, where she uses her combination of human behavior expertise and former experience as a practicing attorney working with individuals, couples, and families regarding the challenges they experience in daily life, including anxiety, depression, stress, and relationships. She specializes in trauma, grief, multiculturalism, communication, and pre-commitment couples counseling.
Gail also has a coaching practice working with clients regarding career advancement and transition strategies; effective negotiation and communication skills; business development; and relationship, resilience and confidence building.

Gail worked as a staff therapist for the University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), where she counseled college and graduate students on a myriad of issues, including anxiety, depression, separation/differentiation, and academic goals. She also worked as a trauma therapist at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, serving clients - children between the ages of 2 to 14 – who were the victims of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Gail’s clinical training includes a year at the Hall Mercer Parent-Child Center in Philadelphia - where she advised families on how to cope with children and teens with learning problems and ADHD, in school and at home.

Gail received an M.S.S. from the Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and is a Pennsylvania Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also received a J.D., cum laude, from the George Washington University Law School, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology.

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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  • December 15, 2018
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm