Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work
Clinical Book Discussion Program
Life as Legacy: The Role of Stories in the Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience in the African American Community
Book Title: The Life & Legacy of Lear Green, Persistence in Spite of Circumstances
Author: Symone’ Miller
Clinical Title: Life as Legacy: The Role of Stories in the Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience in an African American Family
Presenters: Symone’ C. Miller, MSS, LCSW & Kathleen Kalb, LCSW
Date: March 14th, 2020
Time: 10:00-1:00 || 3 CEUs
Place: Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration.
About the Book: After learning about her health condition and the recommended course of treatment for the 95 year old Lear Green, Symone’ Miller knew that her Godmother’s story needed to be told. Without biological children Symone’ feared that Ms. Green’s legacy would be lost. There was no better time to formally write the story of Lear Green, to share her life with the world. This also triggered Symone’s own healing process as she anxiously considered her Godmother’s mortality.
This story follows Lear from birth and poverty, through the civil rights movement, the challenges of 60 years of marriage and almost a century of technological innovation to our present uneasy times. The Life & Legacy of Lear Green depicts the transformative power of faith tracing how it helped Lear overcome a life of poverty to her current state of “not wanting for anything.”
Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating in the discussion, attendees will be able to:
- Identify three ways that the Black Church supports resilience in the face of oppression.
- Analyze storytelling as a way to make sense of grief and loss.
- Describe the clinical utility of narrative as a means to identify and “bear witness” to intergenerational trauma.
- Explain the role of non-biological family in supporting successful aging of African American seniors.
About the Presenters:
Symone’ C. Miller, MSS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in adult psychotherapy, specifically with the geriatric population. Symone’ completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a concentration in Children, Family, and Youth. She received her Masters of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research with focuses in Adult Development and Aging along with Children and Adolescents. Symone’ then went on to obtain a postgraduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 2014 and successfully completed Temple University's Clinical Certificate Program in 2019.
Symone’ is a member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Workers (PSCSW) and the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). As a clinical social worker, Symone' is able to provide a unique perspective into psycho-social stressors while having a commitment to social change and equity. She is dedicated to incorporating families into treatment to begin a lifelong recovery process. Symoné is employed by a managed care insurance company which provides mental health and substance abuse services. She is also the owner and founder of Expanding Your Horizons, LLC which specializes in therapy and clinical supervision. Symone' is the author of The Life & Legacy of Lear Green - a memoir about her Godmother that gives a chronological account of her Godmother's life and legacy which has been featured in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and has been nominated for Divine Legacy Publishing’s 2020 Best Memoir and Reader’s Choice awards as well as TCK Publishing Reader’s Choice Award. In her spare time, Symone' enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Kathleen Kaib earned her MSS and MLSP from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. For the past 17 years Kathleen worked with people on death row and their families. She worked as a mitigation specialist where she counseled inmates and created a narrative of their life to present to the court for sentencing phase relief. This entailed investigating and uncovering childhood trauma as well as the struggles they had in adulthood. Kathleen worked to help clients and their families find their strengths despite their adversities. She left that position in February of 2020 and started working at CHOP as a bereavement therapist where she provides counseling for parents who experienced the death of their child.
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.
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.
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 or social and cultural competence 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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