PSCSW Book Discussion Presents: The Clinical Roller Coaster with Sexually Abused Clients: The Ethical Responsibility of Holding the Pain, Rage, Hope and Love

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents:

 The Clinical Roller Coaster with Sexually Abused Clients: The Ethical Responsibility of Holding the Pain, Rage, Hope and Love

 Book Title: Baffled By Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones by Laurie Kahn

 Clinical Title: The Clinical Roller Coaster with Sexually Abused Clients: The Ethical Responsibility of Holding the Pain, Rage, Hope and Love

Presenter: Joan F. Pollak, LCSW
Date: December 12th, 2020
Time: 10:00-1:00 || 3 Ethics CEUs
Place: Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration.

About the Book:   Laurie Kahn takes us on a journey through five decades of relational work with clients sexually abused by people they loved and trusted. The founder of Womencare Counseling and Training Center, Laurie introduces us to women and men who were groomed and then perpetrated by stepfathers, mothers, siblings, friends and psychiatrists.  The abuse occurred within nuclear and blended families, foster homes, child prostitution rings, dates, and cults. The courageous individuals profiled in the case vignettes, though lacking role models and maps, search for love as they repeatedly attach to and then break off from unhealthy relationships. Laurie parallels their search with her own narrative of childhood abuse and betrayal, and highlights a valued, though ethically questionable relationship with her supervisor who is also her therapist.

The clinical voices who inform Laurie’s sensitive and collaborative work include Carol Gilligan, Carl Rogers, Eric Berne, Jennifer Freyd, Judith Herman, and Bessel Van Der Kolk. Her approaches incorporate Feminist Therapy; Transactional Analysis; Trauma Focused Staged Treatment; and Body Oriented Therapy. Laurie provides explanations of the theoretical constructs of Dissociative Amnesia, Betrayal Trauma, and Reenactments as they manifest in the treatment process. She shares her own transformation and acknowledges deep feelings of love for her clients as she stays the course and helps them find relationship renewal and meaning.

Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating in the discussion, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify three useful techniques in relational therapy with sexual abuse survivors that allow the presentation of past trauma to emerge in treatment.
  2. Utilize case examples from the book (or their own work) to describe how sexually abused client and the social worker collaborate to achieve treatment progress.
  3. Discuss clinical re-enactments of betrayal trauma from the book or their work, and will delineate how the social worker can utilize re-enactment to provide a healing relational experience.
  4. Attendees will reflect upon and identify ways to manage the strong personal feelings that emerge in relational treatment with survivors of sexual abuse and betrayal trauma.

About the Presenter:

Joan F. Pollak, LCSW  received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in 1977. She has previously worked in a community mental health center where she worked with adult aftercare and conducted groups for women survivors of sexual abuse. In her private practice in Wynnewood, she specializes in work with clients who struggle with sexual trauma; attachment disorders; Complex PTSD; and Dissociative Identity Disorders.  Joan is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and she is a past president of PSCSW.

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. Deborah Shain Ethics Scholarship money is available to defray the cost of this program.  Please contact the PSCSW office.

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 ethics 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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  • December 12, 2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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