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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:


1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Course Number: 158      Location: (WESTCHESTER)


Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00am-10:45am Registration on site
Presentation: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 
Location: Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

We are all vulnerable to the experience of shame—often in secret or unexpected ways. While we all may long to be known and accepted as our true selves, few if any of us have ‘nothing to declare.’ For each of us, there are aspects of our lives, our actions, or our flaws and shortcomings that we habitually conceal—sometimes even from ourselves. Of course, if we were truly ‘shameless’, we would not be civilized. But if we are ‘shame-based,’ or overly sensitive to the experience of shame, we hide from the very closeness and genuine acceptance that we seek.   

For ourselves and for our patients, an excess of vulnerability creates and stiffens defenses that conceal our true feelings and desires. It leads many people to take refuge in behavior patterns and addictions that hide and submerge the self, or to avoid new experience that could be healing. Especially in intimate relationships, where we hope to be safest, we are also most vulnerable to the experience of shame. And as professionals, we may find our accomplishments and creativity held hostage to a secret dread of exposure.

     Utilizing both clinical and literary examples, the presenter will explore:

          * issues of shame, privacy, self-disclosure and betrayal

          * transitory shame vs. the shame-based personality style

          * the skills and challenges of intimacy

           * our defenses against shame and vulnerability

          * healing in the ‘corrective relationships’ of therapy and love

          * the hidden shame of therapists.
Participants will be invited to share both personal and clinical case examples.

Presenter: Hilary Ryglewicz, LCSW, is on faculty and a supervisor at the Couple 

Therapy Training Program of the Training Institute for Mental Health in N.Y.C.

She is a psychotherapist with more than thirty-five years of experience in agency and private practice, and as a writer and trainer in community mental health services. She has presented workshop for many professional and community groups on a variety of mental health subjects. The titles of her most recent presentation are: Attachment for Grownups: the Language of Attachment in Everyday Life; Regret, Remorse, Repair: What Do We Do When We Can’t Undo?; The Insecure Bond: Attachment Anxiety and Abandonment Depression and Trust and Betrayal: Affairs and Other Intimate Offenses.


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

1. Identify five potential sources of shame in everyday life
2. Identify five potential sources of shame in intimate relationships
3. Describe how shame-based responses inhibit development of intimacy
4. Identify defenses used to ward off exposure and inner shame

This presentation will be most appropriate for clinicians with 5-12 years of experience, however, it will be valuable for all other levels as well.

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 access please contact Kristin or Rae Ann

  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan Klett, Psy.D, LCSW-R, BCD, Director of Professional Development at

Event Registration

Fees and Policies

Members: $30 preregistered   $40 at the door
Non-Members:  $45 preregistered   $55 at the door

Students: (with school ID) $20 preregistered  $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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