PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents Clinical Title: The Complexities of Motherhood: How we can facilitate healing in the mother-daughter relationship by unraveling family secrets

PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program


Clinical Title: The Complexities of Motherhood: How we can facilitate healing in the mother-daughter relationship by unraveling family secrets.

Book Title:  What We Carry: A Memoir by Maya Shanbhag Lang

Presented by: Sylvia Gentry, MSSW

Date:   Sunday, June 27, 2021,

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm | 3 CEUs

Place: Online Zoom Workshop

Description of Book: What We Carry is a memoir focusing on a mother-daughter bond in all its complexity.  Maya Shanbhag Lang grew up thinking she had a close and idealizing relationship with her mother, an accomplished psychiatrist who immigrated to the United States from India, completed a residency while raising two children, keeping a traditional Indian home, and supporting her children’s development. It is only after Maya becomes a mother that she realizes the limitations of her mother’s love, as well as her own capacity to care for her newborn child. It is through her own therapy initiated when she had a disabling post-partum depression and her own development as a mother that she is able to explore long held family secrets and care for her mother as her mother develops Alzheimer’s Disease.

The mother-daughter relationship is complicated and often misunderstood.  Like all relationships, there are nuances that often go unnoticed between generations.  Through exploring the nuances, it is possible to come to terms with the limitations of motherhood and transcend the limitations to enable growth in adulthood.

Clinical Objective:   To examine how family secrets skew our perceptions of primary relationships, and how empathy can foster the mother-daughter bond.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover how unraveling family secrets can lead to healing cross-generational rifts.
  2. Explore the complexities of cross-cultural influences on parenting in second generation offspring.
  3. Describe how therapy can set the stage for further growth after it has ended.
  4. Explore the complexities of role reversal in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease in a parent.

About the Presenter: 

Sylvia Gentry received her MSSW from the Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, in 1967.  Most of her career was spent in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was: Director of Campus Services at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, where she was responsible for the clinical services for residential and day treatment services for adolescents and their families; Clinical Director for the Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.  In addition, she had a part-time private practice working with adolescents, adults, and couples.  After moving to Philadelphia 15 years ago, she worked as an Adult Specialist for the Bucks County Behavioral Health System, and developed a part time private practice, working with adults and providing consultation, in addition to supervising LSWs for licensure.  Sylvia has also taught courses at Edgecliff College (now part of Xavier University) and the University of Cincinnati.

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Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.
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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 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 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 credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • June 27, 2021
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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