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


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Course Number: 246      Location: Westchester

Ross Fishman, Ph.D

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: Registration  9:30am - 10:00am
  Presentation:  10:00am - 1:00pm


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

This presentation will provide an overview of “Harm Reduction” and teach ways to integrate harm reduction therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders. Harm Reduction is best considered a broad umbrella concept within which both abstinence and selected reductions of substance use are acceptable goals. Harm reduction psychotherapy focuses less on the use of one or more substances and more on the global functioning of an individual. It has rekindled Rogerian techniques currently referred to as client-centered therapy.

It honors the therapeutic relationship as the cornerstone of successful behavior modification. It also raises the importance of assisting the patient to explore the underlying psychosocial issues that accompany substance use. Handouts will be provided.

Ross Fishman, Ph.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and co-founder of Innovative Health Systems, an outpatient, OASAS-certified Substance Use Disorder Clinic in White Plains established in 1985. He has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Queens College, CUNY,and on the Psychiatry Department faculties of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cornell Weill Medical College (New York Presbyterian Hospital – Westchester Division) and New York Medical College (Westchester Medical Center). He is the former Director of Evaluation for the NYC Bureau of Alcoholism Services and Director of Education and Training, New York City Affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism. His current interests are harm reduction psychotherapy and divorce contemplation.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

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

  1. Identify harm reduction techniques in everyday life
  2. Describe the developmental issues that influence the decision to use drugs
  3. List at least three conflicts that make it difficult for the user to accept the benefits of stopping or reducing drug intake

The space can accommodate approximately 65 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 3.0 continuing education clock hours.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration:     9:30am - 10:00am 
Presentation:   10:00am - 1:00pm


                Members  $50
                Non-members $75
                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 April 4, 2019


                For EASY online 
                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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