Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents “E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™- The Inner Children Within Ourselves and In Others”

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Clinical Book Discussion Program


“E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™- The Inner Children Within Ourselves and In Others”

Book Title: How to Stop Yelling & Start Connecting with Your Highly Emotional Teen:  Healing Anxiety, Depression & Trauma Using the E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™ Method
Author: Samantha S. Woo, LCSW
Date: Sunday, January 15th, 11 AM -2 PM || 3 CEUs granted for full 3-hour program.
Cost: $10.00
Clinical Title: “E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™- The Inner Children Within Ourselves and In Others”

Book description:  This book follows a struggling, rigid, disconnected, traditional Christian (symbolic) family Sara, Ed, and Ty, through their journey of healing.  They do this through therapy with the E.M.B.R.A.C.E Parenting™ steps, which is a version of the IFS Model adapted this family’s Christian belief system.  Ty’s apparent teen-hood comes with challenges such as not getting up, videogaming all day, and dynamics with parents yelling, suicidal ideation in son, confusion, and shame.  The book is divided into sections shown through therapy sessions, home interactions and applications for the reader.  There is fragmentation in the family system, just as there is within each individual.  In this book (available as a free download, here) we see the family navigate these behavioral challenges with help of a Christian-centered application of the model.

E.M.B.R.A.C.E Parenting™ is based on the belief that adult relationships are impacted by how we were parented.  What we received and did not receive from our parents affects our most important relationships later in life.  In our roles as client, family, intimate, co-worker, therapist or organization member, our relationships tend to recapitulate primary attachments.  This practical book integrates much of the “parenting our inner children” of models like IFS into “parenting the inner children of ourselves and others” for relationships, in settings where rigidity and disconnection frequently get in the way.

Clinical Title: “E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™- The Inner Children in Ourselves and in Others”

Clinical goals:

  1. Identify at least 2 of the 1-7 steps of the E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™ model.
  2. Differentiate the 3 typical "parts" in a family system.
  3. Describe the parts “in motion” through interaction with others in the family system.
  4. Compare with other modalities, especially IFS from which E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™ is derived, as well as other modalities.


Samantha Woo, LCSW, is a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapist. She is in private practice helping anxious people find their spirit-led balance. She has a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Wesleyan University, an MSW from California State University, and a Clinical Fellowship from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work. She is married and has three young adult children herself, with plenty of “schooling” in the parenting realm. She is a believer in process and sharing, even when things are not perfect.

Attendees are required to have read the book.

This event is open to PSCSW members only; participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get continuing education credits.

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.

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 3 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 3 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).


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  • January 15, 2023
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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