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, January 6, 2018

Course Number: 209      Location: Westchester

Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, MT

Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: Registration, Networking &
General Membership Meeting
                            10:00am - 10:45am
  Presentation:  10:45am - 12:15pm


Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606

Thinking of life experiences as stories with a beginning, middle and end – like chapters in a book that is still being written - is a way to frame obstacles and problems, find meaning in pain, gain perspective on suffering, and galvanize creative energy for the work required to change. The therapeutic process can be one of piecing a story together, connecting the dots between events, experiences and environments that come together as a narrative whole. Exploring the sensory details, language, imagery and tone that convey not just what happens but its impact and meaning in terms of story produces shifts in perception and attention. As clients become more aware of and take an active role in the experiences that shape their lives, they can become more aware of the narrative produced by the stories they live and express.

Narratives about one's abilities, strengths, potential and place in the world are woven into an implicit sense of self that is a powerful driver of perceptions and choices. "We create ourselves through narratives...with protagonists and antagonists and a prescribed relationship between narrators, characters and listeners," states neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga in his article “When New Narratives Meet Old Brains, published in New Scientist. "They have linear plots with a fixed past, a present built coherently on it, and a horizon of possibilities projected coherently into the future." Whether these narratives are positive or negative, they become self-reinforcing. But studies show that they can be changed and that changing them can redirect the course of a person's life. 

Various ways story and narrative can be utilized to facilitate the process of change in psychotherapy from the standpoint of listener and storyteller will be explored within this workshop. Techniques that raise awareness of the impact of social and cultural narratives on a person's inner life and can shift them toward healing and transformation will be explored. Case examples and experiential exercises will demonstrate ways that storytelling skills can animate the change process in clinical practice, supported by neuroscience research that shows how storytelling engages and influences the brain and mind.                                                                           

Teaching Methods:  Workshop lecture with case illustrations and audience participation

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

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

  1. Define the difference between story and narrative.
  2. Identify the intersections between personal, family and social/cultural narratives;
  3. Explain the intersections between story, narrative and sense of self.
  4. Describe 3 storytelling techniques that can be deployed in psychotherapy.
  5. Name 4 specific therapeutic benefits of the brain engagement stimulated by listening to stories.

Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, MT is a psychotherapist and creative arts therapist with 30 years of experience. She is President of Lifestage, Inc which is approved by New York State as a provider of Continuing Education for social workers, and provides consultation and training to psychotherapists, educators, trainers, human service professionals and organizations. Host and creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS, a storytelling show featuring true stories by people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, she has presented on the topic of Transformative Storytelling for the NASW-NYS annual conference, the Applied Improvisation World Conference in Montreal, The Long Island Guidance Counselors Association, The Examined Life Conference in Iowa City, IA and QLI in Omaha, among others. In partnership with Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development Center, she designs and facilitates a storytelling program for rural teens in southeast Iowa and with Martha Kahan, LCSW on Long Island. A featured storyteller on shows and podcasts, she has been interviewed by NBC News,, Newsday, The New York Daily News and Womens Day, among other national publications, and is published in The International Journal of Arts and Psychotherapy Special Issue on Addiction & Special Issue on HIV/AIDS, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Recovery Press.

The space can accommodate approximately 65 attendees.

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 counselors

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation.
  • 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, registration and disability access please Contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan A. Klett, Ph.D, Psy.D, LCSW-R, 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 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
& General Membership Meeting
Presentation:   10:45am-12:15pm


                Members  $30
                Non-members $45
                Students with ID: $20
     On Site:
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                     On Site charge takes
                     effect on Jan. 4, 2018


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