New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter Co-sponsored with the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW Presents


1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Course Number: 189      Location: Westchester

Roberta Rachel Omin, LCSW

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: Registration & Networking: 10:00am - 10:45am
  Presentation: 10:45am - 12:15pm


Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Avenue                                                                                 
White Plains, NY 10606

We will illuminate and explore how clients are affected when their therapist becomes a medical patient.  What happens when a therapist faces a life-challenging single event illness, a chronic or terminal illness, stops working or dies?  This interpersonal crisis between client and therapist remains relatively unexplored and under researched.  As a foray into this terrain, therapists and clients were qualitatively interviewed from their unique individual perspectives; when there had been disclosure and when there had not.  What do clients need at this time that is growth enhancing?  The result of these multi-faceted interviews opens the door for therapists to expand their awareness of the impact they have on clients when becoming a medical patient.

Implications for therapist’s having a “Professional Will” will naturally arise from this presentation.  Through an experiential exercise we will discover some of what may interfere for therapists in writing and completing their own professional will and what will help them undertake this very difficult confrontation with their mortality.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References
Learning Objectives:
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Clarify three ways clients are impacted when their therapist has an illness or dies and how to minimize harmful impact.
  2. Identify what clients need when a therapist has an illness, is suddenly incapacitated, stops working or dies.
  3. Define three issues that enter the decision for the client to remain in therapy or leave therapy.
  4. Describe the feelings/concerns that prevent therapists from writing and completing a professional will.
  5. List five practical aspects of implementing a professional will.

Roberta Rachel Omin, LCSW
has treated individuals, couples and families who have special needs including chronic, acute, or life-threatening illnesses since 1985.  She is certified in Internal Family Systems, Intimacy from the Inside Out and Gestalt Therapy.  Her private practice is in Ossining and White Plains.  She was an active member of the American Cancer Society’s Crisis Counseling and Westchester Oncology Social Workers for over three decades.  Roberta brings a wealth of experience to this topic including her own experience with breast cancer.  In addition, she has conducted research interviews with therapists who have coped with illness.  She is currently conducting research with clients who have had a therapist with an illness or who have died.  Roberta has published several articles including “When the Therapist Becomes the Medical Patient” in the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care (2014) and “To Die in Treatment: A Time for Growth, Consolidation and Healing” in Clinical Social Work Journal (1989).

Maximum Capacity: 65

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

NYSED Approved for:
Licensed Psychoanalysts (LP)  #P-0017
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) #MFT-0028
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) - #MHC-0045

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangement are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at


Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

”Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of NYSSCSW, provider #1413, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/15/2016-7/15/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.”

Event Registration

Registration & Networking:   

Presentation:  10:45am-12:15pm


                Members  $30
                Non-members $45
                Students with ID: $20
     On Site:
                Members  $40
                Non-members $55
                Students with ID: $20

RSVP is strongly encouraged.
You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee (to be paid on-site only).  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration, you will be added to our waitlist.

Email Alison Abrams, LMSW at

Please include:

  • First and Last Name
  • Member/Non-Member Status
  • Mailing and Email address

You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee (to be paid on-site only).  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration, you will be added to our waitlist.

Note: Payment is required and will be collected on-site only – check or money order only.

Check or money order are to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”.

Cancellation Policy:  
If you are pre-registered, please email Alison Abrams at, up to 48 hours prior to the presentation.  Your notification may open up space for someone on our waiting list.

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