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


3.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00am-9:45am Registration on site
9:45 AM - 1:15 PM 
Location: Mental Health Association                                                    
29 Sterling Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Forty two percent of Americans have a close step relationship! This means that clients in “blended families” saturate all of our clinical practices. Stepfamilies often involve “resistant” and unhappy children, divided stepcouples, struggling stepparents, conflicting parenting styles, and differing values on everything from what constitutes a “mess” to the appropriate cost of a new pair of sneakers; not to mention ex-spouses, dead or alive, who remain an integral part of the family. Clinicians who understand stepfamily dynamics, and who know what works and what doesn’t, can be extremely helpful. However, because  stepfamilies create such a fundamentally different infrastructure upon which to build intimate relationships, therapists working within a first-time family model can all too often be misleading and even destructive. 

Whether you work with adults or children, individuals, couples, or families, this workshop will help you work effectively with the intensity and complexity of stepfamily challenges. You will learn about clinical intervention on three different levels: Psychoeducational, interpersonal, and intrapsychic. We will look at how adults can support children’s wellbeing despite the losses and emotional binds that stepfamily living foists upon them, how successful stepparenting differs from primary parenting, how we help parents and stepparents to support each other, and how stepfamilies move from struggling to thriving. This workshop draws upon Internal Family Systems, attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, the work of John Gottman and Sue Johnson, as well as current stepfamily research. 


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

1. List some of the challenges created by stepfamily structure.

2. Describe three levels of clinical intervention.

3. Identify three strategies for meeting the challenges created by stepfamily structure.

4. Describe an evidence-based approach to discipline in stepfamilies.

Presenter: Dr. Patricia Papernow is in her fourth decade of teaching, consulting, writing, and learning about stepfamily relationships.  A highly acclaimed and engaging trainer, she presents throughout the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Papernow is the author of two of the classic books in the field, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her second book, Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships, is receiving rave reviews from both clinicians and stepfamily members. Dr. Papernow is a psychologist in private practice in Hudson, MA, and Director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education.

This workshop is appropriate for clinician at all levels of clinical experience (from no experience to over 15 years of experience).

 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 and evaluations are completed
       *   Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
       *   For questions regarding course content, registration and disability accesss please contact Kristin or Rae Ann
       *   In the event of any grievance please contact Susan Klett, Psy.D, LCSW-R Director of Professional Development at

Event Registration


$55 preregistered    $65 at the door
$80 preregistered    $90 at the door
Students: (with school ID) $20    $25 at the door


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 of 65 has been reached prior to your registration, you will be added to our waitlist.

Payment: 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. Bring your pre-written check to the meeting.  We are not set up to accept cash or credit cards.  

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.

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