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


2.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Friday, October 19, 2018

Course Number: 232      Location: Staten Island

Susan Jocelyn Ph.D.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Time: Early Registration: 5:15pm - 6:00pm 
  Networking & Light Refreshments
  Presentation: 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10305
Room:  Regina McGinn Educational Center

The intention of this presentation is to educate clinicians to the paradox of more than 15 different types of FDA approved Benzodiazepine medications. We will discuss the make-up of benzodiazepines, prescribing criteria and their effect on the brain. Since 2005 and through 2013 the benzodiazepine Xanax®, is the most widely prescribed psychiatric medication. Included with be analysis of incidence and prevalence, the myths and consequences along with research about short versus long-term use of the use of benzodiazepines.  

The presentation will increase therapeutic acumen which when coupled with the already powerful therapeutic alliance offers patients insight regarding the use of benzodiazepines for therapeutic value or ‘recreational’ use. Additional focus is on unintended uses of benzodiazepines, such as in conjunction with narcotic pain relievers (opiates) or alcohol. With the current epidemic of opioid users, knowing how to support parents of addicted children becomes imperative and may require the clinician to seek professional consultation. 

It is also essential to touch on the dreaded ‘benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and rebound anxiety’ and why conventional rehabilitation and medications do not work. Finally, I will initiate a clinical discussion of patient motivation to learn additional coping skills and utilize adjunctive treatments to assuage anxiety and increase self-efficacy.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

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

  1. Define “benzodiazepine” and list at least three (3) reasons they are prescribed.
  2. Identify three (3) myths about benzodiazepines.
  3. Identify (3-4) criteria to differentiate between patients who would benefit from taking benzodiazepines from those who don’t.
  4. List at least four (4) adjunctive treatments as alternatives to benzodiazepine use.
  5. Describe at least (5) symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal and discuss rebound anxiety.

Susan Jocelyn Ph.D.
is a licensed clinical psychologist and social worker with over 30 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents and young adults. She works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Dr. Jocelyn specializes in addiction and trauma including drug and alcohol abuse, prescription medication, withdrawal and abstinence and PTSD. She often consults with other clinicians and their patients to support their path to abstinence and beyond. Dr. Jocelyn uses a person-centered approach with her patients and incorporates adjunctive treatments activities.  For more than two decades, Dr. Jocelyn had held clinical and leadership positions at several health facilities. She was the director at the adolescent and young adult program at Innovative Health Systems, Inc., a clinical psychologist at Palisades Gardens, a group home for the persistently mentally ill, and a social worker at Home Health Plus, Inc. and Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care, two home care and hospice agencies. Dr. Jocelyn received her training from California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, California. Her original research and dissertation focused on biopsychosocial factors related to long-term Benzodiazepine use.

Maximum Capacity: 100

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 Psychoanalysts #P-0017.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration & Networking:   
                            5:15pm - 6:00pm 

Presentation:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

                Members                 $40
                Non-members        $55
                Students with ID:   $20
    Student fees are only for social work
bachelor and master level, full time students.

On Site:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                    On Site charge takes
             effect on October 16, 2018

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