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

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


1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, May 7, 2016

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Date:  Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: 10:45am-12:15pm

Location: Mental Health Association

               29 Sterling Avenue

               White Plains, NY 10606


“Living” with our clients through better and worse, health and illness is our work as clinical social workers.   Sometimes we travel with our clients to the end of their lives.  We witness suffering and tragedy, beauty and growth, as a result of their coming face-to-face with a life-changing illness or dying.  No human being is immune to disease, accidents or mortality.  Sometime in our professional lives we, too, may have to cope with an illness.  It will impact us personally and professionally.  Whether acute, chronic, life-challenging, or terminal, our deepest vulnerabilities and fears will be touched and capacities compromised.

In this  presentation  we will examine  how  we embody ourselves with all that this entails, as well as engage with our clients when we become the patient.  This presentation will provide the opportunity to learn how to recognize  our vulnerability and how to care for ourselves (with supervision and support) while caring for others; how to prevent our personal illness from having a negative affect on our clinical work; ways to self disclose while maintaining appropriate boundaries  and the importance of having a professional will.  It will also prepare participants for the challenges  of the myriad of emotions evoked if and when they are  confronted with  the realities of their own mortality and/or failing abilities  in the midst of their practice.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define a “professional will” and list 4 significant ethical guidelines for having a professional will in place for one’s clinical practice

  2. Describe theimportance of self-awareness while coping with one’s own vulnerabilities and discuss the relevance of obtaining collegial support and supervision

  3. Define the benefitsof self-disclosure

  4. Identify authenticity and “secrets” in- the client/therapist relationship and describe ways to  maintaining personal and private boundaries while self disclosing.


Presenter:  Roberta Omin, LCSW has been in private practice in Ossining and White Plains for over  thirty  years.  In addition to a general practice she specializes in the treatment of people who have special needs  including chronic, acute, or life-threatening illnesses or the end stages of life.  These complex issues include working with loss, adaptation, acceptance, grief and bereavement.

Roberta has co-authored  “When the Therapist Becomes the Patient” in the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care (2014) and  published “To Die in Treatment: A Time for Growth, Consolidation and Healing” in Clinical Social Work Journal (1989).  Roberta is presently Co-President of the Westchester Chapter of NYSSCSW.

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

Registration and Networking: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Presentation: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Event Registration

  • Email Alison Abrams, LMSW at  Please include name, address, phone, and whether or not you are a member.  You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee (to be paid on-site only).  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration, you will be added to our waitlist.

  • Registration Fees:  You will notice that fees for programs with speakers have increased for non-members.  It is our hope that the anticipated savings of becoming a member will encourage new people to join NYSSCSW, where in addition to having access to excellent speakers and regular opportunities to earn CEUs, they can participate in monthly practice groups prior to presentations, and network within a diverse community of highly-skilled social work clinicians.


                           Pre-registered                 On Site $10.00 more 

                                  Members    $25                            $35

                                  Non-members $35                       $45

  • Checks or money orders will be accepted on-site only.  Please make payable to NYSSCSW, and make sure to write your email address clearly on the front. 

    Cancellation Policy:  If you are pre-registered, please email Alison Abrams at, up to 48 hours prior to the presentation.  Your notification may open up space for someone on our waiting list.

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple 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 course content, registration and disability access please contact Kristin or Rae Ann

  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at


Event Registration

Please see the event details for registration instructions.

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