PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program
Helping Clients Find Meaning in Life While Surviving Insurmountable Trauma: Logotherapy as Suicide Prevention
The Book: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Clinical Title: Helping Clients Find Meaning in Life While Surviving Insurmountable Trauma: Logotherapy as Suicide Prevention
Date: April 17, 2021
Time: 10:00-1:00 || 3 Suicide CEUs
Place: Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration
Facilitator: Deborah D. Shain, MSS, LCSW, BCD
About The Book:
Frankl’s memoir of extreme suffering presents the basic principles of Logotherapy, and explores (and attempts to answer) the basic human question: “What is the meaning of life?”
We are all subject to external and internal forces that can change our lives, whether they’re positive or negative forces. But the one thing we always possess, regardless of external circumstances, is our freedom to choose how we respond to these forces. In the horrific experience of imprisonment in four concentration camps during the Holocaust, Frankl observed the attitudes of fellow prisoners (and his own thoughts and feelings) and discovered the living example of Nietzche’s theory that “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Frankl and other survivors were able to endure unimaginable suffering by holding on to the personal belief that life and the lives of all humanity has meaning and purpose. Finding meaning in suffering gave birth to what Frankl’s Logotherapy. As stated by Gordon Allport in its Preface, the book’s intent “To weave the slender threads of a broken life into a firm pattern of meaning and responsibility” is the object and challenge of Logotherapy.
By reading the book and participating in the discussion, participants will earn 3 CEUs in Suicide Prevention and will:
- Explore methods of transforming attitudes of hopelessness into hope by finding meaning.
- Examine Frankl’s concept of “The Essence of Existence.”
- Discover the application of Logotherapy in one’s practice for clients and as a method of self-care for the practitioner.
- Review the importance of “bearing witness” to suffering.
About The Facilitator:
Deborah Shain, MSS, LCSW, BCD, is an educator and clinical supervisor and is Chair of the Professional Standards, Ethics, and Licensing Committee and is a long-time Board member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work. In her private practice, she specializes in relationship therapy and individual treatment of adults seeking insight regarding their behavior and interactions with their families. She also coaches executives, professionals, and graduate students seeking success in their professional and academic settings. She taught Crisis Intervention and Group Dynamics at Cabrini College, and at Drexel University Medical School, she teaches psychiatry residents “Human Sexuality: Interventions and Treatment for Patients With Sexual Concerns.” At the Medical College of Pennsylvania, (now Drexel Medical School), Shain created and directed the Geriatrics Course, was the creator, director, and teacher of Human Sexuality, and was the Director of Programs for Academic Support in the Office of Medical Education. Deborah has authored essays based on Margaret Mahler’s Developmental point of view, and wrote two medical education books: Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Students: Find and Use Your Personal Learning Style, published by Springer-Verlag.
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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- April 17, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm