Film: Tashi and the Monk

Clinical Title: Tashi and the Monk: Exploring Social Work with Traumatized Populations

Presenter: Janae Allgire, MSW, LSW

Date: March 31, 2018
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm Film and Discussion | 2 CEs
(Please arrive at 9 am for registration, brunch and networking)
Location: Lancaster PA
(You will receive the exact location after you register.)

Description & Reason for Film Choice:

On a remote mountaintop, a brave social experiment is taking place. Buddhist Monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago, he left behind a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas, which rescues orphaned and neglected children.

5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away, and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Lobsang has channeled his own unhappy childhood into an opportunity for other ‘uninvited guests of the universe’ to avoid a similar fate. But can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend? (Movie summary from

Through discussion and dialogue with colleagues, attendees will have the opportunity to consider how to respond if Tashi were their client, how to meet needs with limited resources, and the degree to which the concept of calling is applicable to social work.

Theoretical Orientations: Attachment theory, family systems theory, self-compassion

Key Concepts: Risk and resilience, trauma, professional boundaries in the midst of intense client need, self-care particularly when working with traumatized clients


  1. Identify signs and symptoms of trauma and attachment that Tashi and the other children exhibit – as well as signs of resiliency. Identify protective factors in place that reduce additional trauma and promote healing.
  2. Explore the importance of professional boundaries versus guilt, particularly when working in a setting of limited resources.
  3. Explore Lobsang’s calling to work with children and how this brings him strength in his daily work. Examine to what degree this type of calling may be present in our professional roles as social workers. Identify protective factors that we can put in place, particularly when working with traumatized clients.

About the Presenter:
Janae Allgire received her Masters of Social Work from Widener University in 2007 and her Bachelors of Social Work from Eastern University in 2001. For the first 11 years of her career, Ms. Allgire worked in the field of Child Welfare within foster care and adoption. Four years ago, she switched career paths and now works with adults experiencing homelessness as the Director of Behavioral Health at Water Street Heath Services (the health clinic associated with Water Street Mission). Her passion includes empowering people to achieve and maintain mental wellness through music, art and other creative ventures.

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 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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  • March 31, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am