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


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Course Number: 255      Location: Mid-Hudson


Date: Saturday September 14, 2019

Registration (Breakfast)
9:30am - 10:00am

  Presentation: 10:00am - 1:15pm


Mental Health America
253 Mansion Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

Trauma is often lodged in the body and the nervous system, not just in the mind or in recalled memory. This didactic and experiential workshop will provide an overview of the trauma healing method of Somatic Experiencing as well as the basic tenets of therapeutic writing. Participants will have an opportunity to learn techniques from somatic psychology that will enhance clients’ and their own abilities to ground themselves, internalize resources somatically and to titrate difficult sensations so that there is full access to the nervous systems’ innate, healing flow.

Both expressive and receptive writing techniques will be utilized as will the ritual of writing a community poem. All participants will be provided a copy of the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s writing project chapbook, Giving Sorrow Words, published post September 11 to assist communities in healing through language. This workshop is an introduction only to the concepts of somatic psychology and expressive writing / poetry therapy and does not substitute for formal training in either field.

Teaching Methods: Combination of Lecture with PPT and Experiential Group Exercises with Case Examples

HANDOUTS: Bibliography

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

  1. Distinguish among the survival responses of fight, flight, freeze, collapse as they are stored unprocessed in the nervous system.
  2. Identify the role of pendulation and resourcing (Somatic Experiencing) in the process of recovery from trauma.
  3. Describe and Practice one technique of grounding in action and one in writing.
  4. Distinguish between receptive and expressive writing techniques and when one might choose each method.

Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S
is a licensed clinical social worker in the states of NY and CT, a registered biblio-poetry therapist, certified journal therapist and approved supervisor in both. She works as a corporate trainer, wellness coach and holistic psychotherapist specializing in stress management, trauma and addiction recovery. She has worked in the field of therapeutic writing and trauma for 25 years, incorporating the action methods of the expressive arts. She is trained in the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS), Level I and II of EMDR and all 3 years of the Somatic Experiencing model. She provides workshops, coaching, consultation and training services. She currently serves on the faculty of Columbia and Adelphi University as well as is a core faculty of The Therapeutic Writing Institute.

Gail is a graduate of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, received her Masters in Social Work from New York University.  She is the past president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy - an international community.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • 3.0 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 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

Event Registration:   9:30am-10:00am
Presentation:             10:00am-1:15pm

Members                  $20
               Non-members         $60
               Students with ID:    $25
    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 12
, 2019

              For EASY online
                registration click:

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             For inquiries e-mail:

               Thaddea Compain 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 cash or money order only, to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”.

Inclement Weather Policy:
Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

Cancellation Policy:  
Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

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