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, October 7, 2017

Course Number: 199      Location: Westchester

Bonnie Gitlin, LCSW
Lela Zaphiropoulos, LCSW

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: Registration: 10:00am - 10:45am
  Presentation: 10:45am - 12:15pm


Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

How do we accept and even enjoy our bodies and our lives while living in a culture that demands an ideal body and eternal youth?  Aging is a challenge for many and also an opportunity to look more deeply at our own attitudes, feelings, and experiences.  In this didactic and experiential presentation, we explore the realities of aging and the socially constructed expectations of how we should age. Incorporating the thoughts of other clinicians and writers, Bonnie Gitlin, LCSW, and Lela Zaphiropoulos, LCSW, highlight clinical concepts drawn from life and literature. 


Methods will include didactic and experiential modalities.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:  

  1. Identify the larger cultural forces that affect thinking and feelings about aging.
  2. List four personal and cultural roots that may cause discomfort/shame about aging.
  3. Define how understand the larger cultural forces that affect thinking and feeling about aging may aid the clinician in listening for client’s problematic reactions to aging while holding their own reactions.

Bonnie Gitlin, LCSW, is a faculty and former Board member of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute (WTCI).  She has coauthored, with Lela Zaphiropoulos, Gaining Perspective: Transference and Countertransference, Eating Problems in Middle Age (Renfrew Perspective, 2004).  She has also participated in research and written about treatment of Panic Disorder (Gitlin, B. et al. Behavior Therapy for Panic Disorder, (Journal Nervous Mental Disorders (173) No.12, Dec.1985) among  other articles. Bonnie  teachings at The WTCI include the integration of psychoanalytic and behavior therapy for anxiety disorders.  She  has a private practice in New York City.

Lela Zaphiropoulos, LCSW, is on the Executive Board and a faculty member of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute (WTCI). She is co-author of Eating Problems: A Feminist, Psychoanalytic Treatment Model and of Kids, Carrots, and Candy. She is a founding member of Endangered Bodies New York, a global initiative to challenge the industries that promote body insecurity. Lela is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in New York City. 

Maximum Capacity: 65

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

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners, 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 arrangements 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 Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration & Networking:   

Presentation:  10:45am-12:15pm

     Pre-Registration: (until 10.1.17)
           Members  $30
                Non-members $45
                Students with ID: $20
     Registration:  (after 10.1.17)
         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
  • NYS License Type and #
  • 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 pre-registered, contact Alison Abrams at least one day prior to workshop at

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