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


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Course Number: 272      Location: ZOOM - Westchester


Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Registration, Networking & General Membership Meeting
9:30am - 10:00am

  Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm



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

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

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

Members:                 $50
               Non-members:        $75
               Students with ID:    $20
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

Late Fee:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   Late Fee charge takes
                  effect on October 1
, 2020

              For EASY online
                registration click:

                      Register Here 

If you want to be awarded contact hours, it is required that you pre-register with Zoom by the Friday before the course date.  This is done after you have registered with the ACE Foundation/NYSSCSW. 
Registration through Zoom must be done
the Friday before the course whether you plan on joining the session by phone or by computer.

**Instructions on how to do this will be
         in your confirmation email.**

For inquiries e-mail:

          The ACE Foundation

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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.

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Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded.
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