New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Rockland Chapter Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Course Number: 225      Location: Rockland

Roberta Rachel Omin, LCSW

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Registration: 9:30am - 10:00am
  Part 1 of Workshop: 10:00am - 11:30am
  Intermission: 11:30am - 12:30pm
  Part 2 of Workshop: 12:30pm - 1:30pm


St. Thomas Aquinas College
Romano Student Alumni Center
Route 340
Sparkill, New York  10976

We have all known therapists who have experienced an acute, chronic, progressive or terminal illness. These existential crises touch our deepest vulnerabilities and fears.  What allows some therapists to transverse this well?  When our core mission is to facilitate healing, and a reason why clients come into therapy, how can we “do no harm” when we are in the midst of an illness and perhaps radical change?

Through an experiential exercise, audience dialogue, synthesis of research from therapist and client interviews, two video vignettes along with didactic learning, this workshop will stimulate participants with the unthinkable - to courageously engage with all our parts and create a contactful and meaningful spaciousness in the therapeutic relationship.  We will unpack “Principles of Contextual Self-Led Disclosure”, utilize therapeutic trailheads and learn how it is possible to be a healing presence as we live with an illness.

Teaching Methods:  Workshop includes experiential exercise, audience participation, lecture on research and two video vignettes to reinforce and enrich learning.

Handouts:  Bibliography/References

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain your understanding of the importance of self-awareness and the necessity of working with one’s internal parts while coping with the reality of one’s medical vulnerabilities. 
  2. Identify fundamental concerns about whether to self-disclose or not and  differentiate parts that belong to the therapist, a human being first, and parts that belong to the therapy relationship.
  3. Describe a dual awareness in regards to being a therapist with a medical issue and being the client of that therapist.
  4. List the four “Principles of Contextual Self-Led Disclosure”.
  5. Define five benefits of self-disclosure and two possible pitfalls of non-disclosure and disclosure.
  6. Describe three ways to work with therapeutic trailheads that arise in the course of the therapy relationship.

Roberta Rachel Omin, LCSW specializes in treating individuals, couples and families who have special needs including chronic, acute, or life-threatening illnesses.  She is certified in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) and Gestalt Therapy.  Roberta practices in Ossining and White Plains, New York.  She is past co-president of the Westchester Chapter of NYSSCSW.  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, research and interviews with therapists who have coped with illness and 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), “Recovering Together” in the Psychotherapy Networker (2012), and “To Die in Treatment: A Time for Growth, Consolidation and Healing” in Clinical Social Work Journal (1989).

The space can accommodate approximately 34 people.

This workshop is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience.

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, 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 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 Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 andLicensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045.

                    Social workers,  participating in this course will receive 2.5 continuing education clock hours.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Event Registration:             9:30am - 10:00am 
Part 1 of Workshop:         10:00am - 11:30am
Intermission:                     11:30am - 12:30pm
Part 2 of Workshop:         12:30pm - 1:30pm

                Members                 $60
                Non-members        $100
                Seniors                     $55
                Students with ID:  Free
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

On Site:  
                Additional fee of $15.00

                          Please note:      
                    On Site charge takes
             effect on November 15, 2018

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                registration click:

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Early Registration is strongly encouraged. 
You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee
having been paid.  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration,
you will be added to our waitlist.

For On Site Registration:

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

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