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


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Course Number: 228      Location: ROCKLAND

Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time: Registration: 9:30am - 10:00am
  Part 1 of Presentation: 10:00am - 11:30am
  Intermission/Refreshments: 11:30am - 12:30pm
  Part 2 of Presentation: 12:30pm - 1:30pm


St. Thomas Aquinas College
Private Dining Hall - McNelis-Commons
Route 340
Sparkill, New York  10976

This presentation will explore how psychotherapeutic understandings of empathy have been challenged and deepened by recent scholarship in neuroscience, cognitive science, anthropology, and moral philosophy. We have long assumed that empathy is necessary not only to the success of therapy but also to child development and overall wellbeing.  Many consider it fundamental among  the so-called “common factors,” that is, a mental state necessary to the success of any approach to therapy. Some now question these ideas. Is it possible that empathy can lead to a kind of exhaustion or preoccupation, thus limiting our capacity to act on our feelings. Perhaps, in feeling another’s pain, we come to believe, without cause, that it is necessarily virtuous. Can autism be understood, as Simon Baron Cohen argues, as the absence of a particular kind of capacity for empathy?  Is empathy wired and activated only under particular circumstances?  These and other questions will be explored using ideas developed by the psychoanalyst/anthropologist, Douglas Hollan.  

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

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

  1. Describe how the social emotion, empathy (and empathy-like processes), has been understood in recent debates in philosophy, psychology, and anthropology.
  2. Define how empathy has been understood as a  ‘trial identification’ to discover, consciously or unconsciously, the emotional state of another.
  3. Compare and contrast the terms, empathy and sympathy, which are often used in confusing ways leave us with a limited understanding of compassion.
  4. Explain how empathy may limit, even inhibit communication in consideration of  the recent work in cognitive science and neuroscience whereby current neuroscience offers and adequate understanding of empathy: as an elementary, involuntary capacity which puts us in touch with the emotional state of another.
  5. Identify specific cultural contexts where social scientists have recurrently encountered deep-seated assumptions concerning the limits of knowing other minds, what is often referred to in the literature as doctrines of “mental opacity.”


Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW, is the co-president of The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW), he is an Associate Professor of social work at Rutgers University and holds graduate degrees in anthropology and social work. He is supervising analyst at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis. He has five published books: On Having and Being a Case Manager: A Relational Method for RecoveryColumbia University Press (2010);Qualitative Methods for Practice,Oxford University Press (2013);A to Z for Psychodynamic Practice, Palgrave MacMillan (2015);  TheSocial Work and K-12 Schools Casebook,Routledge Press (2017);The Social Work and Sexual Trauma Case Book: Phenomenological Perspectives, Routledge (in press, 2019). Dr. Longhofer is currently working on a two volume series on the case study method and critical realism.

The space can accommodate approximately 34 people.

The presentation is intended 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.
  • 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 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 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 Presentation:   10:00am - 11:30am

Intermission:                     11:30am - 12:30pm

Part 2 of Presentation:    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 October 18, 2018

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