PSCSW Annual Members Meeting Healing Ourselves, Healing Others

PSCSW 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership

Clinical Title: Healing Ourselves, Healing Others
Date: Sunday, November 8th, 2020
Time: 1-3:30 PM | 2 CEUs 
Location: (Live Zoom Meeting)


1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Welcome
1:05 pm - 1:15 pm Guided communal healing exercise
1:15 pm - 1:40 pm business meeting and student awards presentation
1:40 pm - 1:55 pm meet and greet Breakout Rooms
1:55 pm - 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Panelist presentation
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Processing Breakout rooms
3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Group Discussion
3:25 pm - 3:30 pm Closing

Presentation Summary

As social workers and as healers, we have an ethical obligation to practice and model self-care as we do the work of helping others, especially marginalized populations, to heal. It is important that we demonstrate methods of self-care as an ethical responsibility, for ourselves, as well as for future generations of social workers and healers. This is especially vital in times of uncertainty and upheaval. During this event, PSCSW’s first virtual annual event, we will come together as a community to practice healing, to celebrate the next generation of social workers, to learn more about each other, and to process various ways to care for ourselves and to restore, carrying out each of these activities via an advocacy and social justice lens.


Objectives, By attending the PSCSW Annual Meeting and participating in the discussion, attendees will:

  1. Identify “burn-out” and explore the ethical implications of ignoring self-care.
  2. Practice techniques designed to provide restorative skills for clinicians and their clients.  Explore methods of m
  3. Modeling self-awareness and self-care for clients.

About the Panelists

Patricia Rich LCSW, CST-S Founder of the Relating Well Center, LLC, Patricia Rich is passionate about helping people to deepen connections within themselves and with partners to live more harmonious and fulfilling lives. She is guided by the Internal Family Systems model (IFS), principles of positive sexuality, embodied practices, and a social justice lens. She is formulating a model for Self-Led Sexuality that helps people to navigate sexuality in a wise, expansive, and centered way. She has over twenty years of professional experience as a therapist, educator, and consultant. She graduated from the University of Michigan with Phi Beta Kappa designation and earned a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago. She completed a post-graduate externship in marriage and family therapy at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois in Chicago, as well as a certificate program in sex therapy at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia.  She is certified by AASECT as a Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. She has also completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 of Internal Family Systems training (IFS) and is a Certified IFS Therapist and Consultant. Patricia offers individual and group consultation to therapists and other professionals and has presented at national conferences including AASECT, IFS, and Smart Marriages.

Noel Ramirez DBH, LCSW, MPH, BCD, is a Philadelphia based licensed clinical social worker and public health professional. Informed by Immigrant-Filipino parents who love through a sense of home, a chosen Queer family who resist subjugation, and a public health community that seeks to honor social and environmental context, Noel’s approach is relational, inter-subjective and grounded in love, honor, and respect. Noel received his Master's in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in public health from Drexel University. Noel completed his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University and focused his academic work in developing programing on patient-centered medical homes, integrated-health, recovery-oriented primary care, and body-positive behavioral interventions. Noel is a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional, having completed foundational training in relational-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, also having a certificate in Clinical Social Work Supervision. Noel has been a practicing social worker and clinician since 2009 and has been involved in various community-based programs in the Philadelphia metro area. In the last decade, Noel has overseen and managed HIV Prevention programs for gay/bisexual men, developed and enhanced recovery-resilience programming for a network of federally qualified health centers, and continues to be involved in community organizing on issues related to Queer Asian Americans, Anti-black racism in social work, and body-positivity and liberation. Currently, Noel teaches a wide range of graduate courses that invite an intersectional approach to social work practice at Columbia University and West Chester University, also working at a Federally Qualified Health Center providing integrated care and behavioral consultation.

Alexander Nicolas (they/them) is an MSW graduate student at Widener University currently working at their first field placement.  As a nonbinary, bisexual, polyamorous, sex and kink positive, second generation Filipinx person, they hope to provide therapy for community with a truly intersectional lens focusing on what we and our world could be like without oppressive systems and how to get there effectively and ethically.  They also serve as a steering committee member of Philadelphia Asian and Queer, and hold a special place in their heart for Girls Rock Philly, and Qunify.  Alexander's background is in 2D animation and painting (both traditional and digital), and they also enjoy making food, playing video games, cats, and lying down.

 Anjana Deshpande, MBA, LCSW, Anjana is a psychotherapist and international speaker. She is on the faculty of the Therapeutic Writing Institute and specializes in working with adults that are dealing with trauma, grief, transitions, anxiety, depression and a lack of purpose in life. Anjana believes that each one of us has an inner wisdom that we lose touch with during times of stress. Her methods focus on assisting people to connect with their higher functioning brain through approaches such as Therapeutic Writing, Post Traumatic Growth, Schema Therapy and Narrative Therapy. Anjana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Journal and Poetry Therapist. Anjana Deshpande is the founder of Writethought, LLC,  through which she offers Clinical Supervision and trains both clients and clinicians in Therapeutic Writing techniques.

Kanjana Hartshorne MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, CCFP, In her work with clients, Kanjana offers an evidence-based blend of traditional Western psychotherapy & neuroscience and ancient Eastern comprehensive yoga therapy.  Kanjana’s mission is to empower clients to tap into their unique strengths and live a full life based on their values. Kanjana is a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker), C-IAYT (certified yoga therapist), Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP), and Reiki Master.  She received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  After a few years in hospice and outpatient counseling, she decided to pursue yoga teacher training and Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training to enhance her ability to address the connection between physical, spiritual, and mental health concerns. Kanjana’s Reiki and meditation training began about 10 years ago while living at a Rinzai Zen Temple in Japan, and she has since received specialized training and certificates in CBT, Reiki Level I-III, Mindful Resilience, Meditation, Yoga Therapy, and Yoga for: PTSD, anxiety/depression, trauma, chronic illness, cancer, healthy relationships, nutrition, pre/post-natal, stress reduction and more.

Continuing Education:

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 2 ethics CE 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 ethics CE 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 ethics or 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 clinical credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 1 - 3:30 PM. Time will be strictly enforced. 


Please register online at OR copy and complete registration on form (below and attached), and return to the PSCSW office:

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work P.O. Box 147 Darby, Pennsylvania 19023


  • November 8, 2020
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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