How Medical Conditions Such As Traumatic Brain Injury Impact Relationship Capacity and the Implications For Engaging With Clients

The Book:  The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Presenter: Julie Agresta, MEd, MSS, LCSW

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Time: 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. | 3 CEs
(Kindly come for light breakfast at socialization at 9:30 A.M.)

Location: Elkins Park, PA (Montgomery County)

Program Description:
This novel depicts the relationship between a young housekeeper and her son with a brilliant mathematician (The Professor).  The professor suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident prior to meeting the housekeeper and her son.  His injury significantly impairs the professor’s short-term memory, resulting in an inability to remember events beyond 80 minutes. However, his long-term memory before the accident remains intact. The professor’s memory issues present a unique challenge for the housekeeper who must reintroduce herself every morning and throughout the day. His disability dramatically impacts The Professor’s capacity to develop and maintain relationships. The one constant strength in the professor’s life is numbers, and it is through his love of numbers that he is able to maintain some semblance of order and a satisfying quality of life.

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Examine how medical conditions such as short-term memory loss, impact the lives of those who are impaired and the challenges faced by family, friends and helping professionals.
  2. Identify such strategies as mindfulness techniques that can help to increase the possibilities for social/emotional connections with people experiencing short-term memory loss.
  3. Explore the ways that clinical social workers can support family members of those experiencing short-term memory loss and other disabilities.

About the Presenter:
Julie Agresta, M.Ed., LCSW, is a psychotherapist who specializes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for children and adolescents. Ms. Agresta has a private practice in Blue Bell where she provides individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults facing challenges experienced in daily life related to anxiety, depression, school/work difficulties, parent-child communication and stress. Ms. Agresta also sees clients as part of a group practice in Southampton. Ms. Agresta enjoys using photography as a way to teach her clients about Mindfulness. Ms. Agresta has been a practitioner of Mindfulness Based Stress Management since 2004 and studied Mindfulness with Diane Reibel, Ph.D., Director of the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

Ms. Agresta earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. In addition, Ms. Agresta earned her M.Ed. in School Psychology from Temple University and practiced for several years as a School Psychologist. While at Temple University, Ms. Agresta conducted research on the effects of burnout on special education teachers, as well as co-authored a chapter on “Gay and Lesbian Children” in Batter, L. (Ed.), Parenthood in America: An Encyclopedia published by ABC-CLIO. In addition, Ms. Agresta co-authored the book Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia published by Guilford Press.

This is a PSCSW Members-Only Event. 

Participants who attend this program will earn 3 CEUs and 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. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:
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 credits.  Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • January 10, 2016
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm