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


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Course Number: 200      Location: Westchester

Allison Werner-Lin, Ph.D., MSW

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: Registration: 9:00am - 9:45am
  Presentation: 9:45am - 12:45pm


Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

The death of a parent, particularly a custodial parent, precipitates irrevocable changes in family life, impacting   child development, self-concept, social relationships, and trust in the world around them. When a parent dies after a prolonged illness, caretaking needs often devour family resources and emotional energy. These scenarios, however present the opportunity to prepare children for the end of life. Accidental death, or intended death through suicide, present instantaneously irreparable changes to the child’s world. The fit between the demands of bereavement and family or community resources shapes how children and surviving partners respond. Yet, due to financial constraints, families often make geographical moves after the death of a parent, incurring a host of unacknowledged secondary losses of place, community, and stability for children.

This workshop will present a developmental approach to addressing, treating, and anticipating future needs of parentally bereaved children. Each developmental stage will pair with techniques to help families recognize and draw on their strengths to reorganize and meet the unique demands of child life. We will focus on clinical applications with children and parents in both individual and group settings. These interventions are designed to teach parents about the ways children grieve and cope with change, and to help children and parents expand their repertoire of coping and problem solving skills to build mastery over illness and bereavement. This work is implemented through a psychoeducational model, with foundations in attachment and family systems perspectives.

Methods will include a balance of lecture and didactic with clinical examples.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

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

  1. Describe how parental illness, anticipatory loss, and grief impact normative developmental tasks of childhood.
  2. Identify appropriate language for explaining illness, end of life, death, and grief to children.
  3. List 4-5 supportive and expressive interventions tailored to distinct stages of cognitive, moral, and social development and describe appropriate applications for individual, group, and family use. This will include facility with a set of play therapy toys, projective drawing tools and interpretive frames, and books for bibliotherapy.
  4. Write a brief paragraph to demonstrate learning by pairing common experiences of grief and survivorship of caregivers with long-term outcomes for bereaved children.

Allison Werner-Lin, Ph.D., MSW, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Policy.  Dr. Werner-Lin has practiced in community-based organizations providing individual, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy to families affected by cancer. She conducts workshops on direct practice with parentally bereaved children and provides supervision to professional groups. Dr. Werner-Lin’s present research agenda seeks to identify how best the rapidly evolving knowledge base of genomics may be translated into community education and outreach programs for adolescents and young adults, given the social, cognitive, and cultural contexts within which they acquire health knowledge and behaviors. She maintains a private practice in which she works with bereavement children and families.

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
  ”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: 7/17/2017-7/17/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.  Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.0 continuing education clock hours.”

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration & Networking:   

Presentation:  9:45am-12:45pm

     Pre-Registration: (until 10.28.17)
           Members  $50
                Non-members $75
                Students with ID: $20
     Registration:  (after 10.28.17)
         Members  $60
                Non-members $85
                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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