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, September 8, 2018

Course Number: 226      Location: Westchester

Letitia Coburn, LCSW-R

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: Registration:   10:00am - 10:45am
  Workshop:      10:45am - 12:15pm


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

Clinicians are often deeply impacted by their work with survivors of various types of abuse. Courageous and vocal spokespeople of the #Me too movement may be warming trauma treatment clinicians up to their own vicarious trauma. In this workshop, the presenter will share a summary of the research that identifies the impact of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the workplace on employees.   She will also link the trauma symptomology of #Me Too survivors with those of other forms of interpersonal trauma.  Survivors of varying types of interpersonal trauma share common symptoms.  Likewise, the clinicians who work with the survivors also share personal and counter-transferential commonalities with each other.   Presenter will clarify typical positionalities and challenges that providers may experience in the course of working with survivors. In identifying commonalities with other clinicians, participants will engage in Sociometric group work and the lessening of vicarious traumatization from their work with survivors. 

In the experiential portion of this workshop, each participant will have opportunities to "build group" through fun interactive psychodramatic exercises.   In dyads, participants will be able to explore the impact of working with abuse survivors in general and, if relevant, with sexual abuse/ harassment survivors in particular.  In small groups, members will identify strengths and resources in themselves and in their work.   Participants will later group themselves with others who share common concerns arising from their work with abuse survivors for validation, encouragement and resources.  Ultimately, attendees will reflect on their experiences and learning within a closing whole group discussion.


Teaching Methods:  Workshop lecture with small experiential groups and audience participation.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

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

  1. Identify two challenges, positionalities and opportunities for growth in work with survivors. 
  2. Define on​e area of counter-transference for exploration and growth, as stimulated by current ​work with a  #Me Too or interpersonal trauma ​survivor.
  3. List  three Sociometric group building skills originating from Psychodrama and Sociometry's founder, Joseph Moreno that you will integrate into your work.


Letitia Coburn, LCSW-R was drawn to experiential therapies for her personal growth during her initial career as a dancer, dance teacher and re-constructor of dance classics.  She initiated her clinical training in a Dual-Masters (Dance Movement Therapy and Social Work) program.  Later, she completed certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Therapy and in Psychodramatic Body Work.  She is certified in EMDR.  She initially worked with clients with HIV, and then people with Co-Occurring Disorders at Silver Hill Hospital and St. John's Riverside Hospital, where she was the director of three in-patient units.  Her practice in Chappaqua primarily includes clients with histories of trauma, addiction and mood disorders.  She currently teaches at Fordham University in the Graduate School of Social Services.  

The space can accommodate approximately 65 attendees.

This workshop is appropriate for clinicians with 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, 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 or registration 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:    10:00am - 10:45am
Workshop:        10:45am - 12:15pm


                Members  $30
                Non-members $45
                Students with ID $20
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

On Site:
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   On Site charge takes
              effect on September 6, 2018


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                registration click:

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             For inquiries e-mail:

         Alison Abrams, LMSW at

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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