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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 17, 2016

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Date:Saturday,September17,2016                                                                                                                                                                     Time: Registration onsite: 9:15am-10:00am
Presentation: 10:00am-1:15pm
Location: Mental Health America
253 Mansion Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of adult development and identity formation laid out by Erikson (1959, 1998) and developed by Kroger (2007) and others in recent years: stages of adult development, domains of identity, and the processes of identity formation (and re-formation) in adulthood.  The final chapter of life, using Erikson’s stage of Ego Integrity vs. Despair as a frame will be highlighted.  Helping older adult clients to age with dignity and accept death without fear is a challenge clinicians face on a regular basis.

Exciting new research on the higher stages of cognitive development in later adulthood will be spelled out so that participants will grasp the hopeful context for adult change in the later years. Clinical case material will be presented to illustrate the concepts.  A framework will be presented for working clinically with adults who are in transition in key roles and identities in their lives. Participants will be asked to work with clinical material (their own and the presenter’s) to identify processes of adult identity change and to apply the framework for creating their own useful interventions.

Presenters: Susan McConnaughy, Ph.D., LCSW has 25+ years of human service practice experience with families and children as a clinical social worker, clinical supervisor, and program administrator.  She has been teaching and training the next generation of human service workers for thirteen years at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. McConnaughy’s teaching interests are human development across the life span, clinical services, attachment theory, and trauma studies. She balances a strong clinical focus with community empowerment by working with small community-based organizations to help them develop new services and initiatives. Dr. McConnaughy served as a founding director of NIP's (National Institute for Psychotherapies) advanced clinical training program in child and adolescent therapy.

Wendy Chabon, LCSW has 35 years of experience in the human services field, having worked as an administrator in several Jewish Community Centers, an instructor at various colleges, and a clinician in private practice. Her clinical and teaching interests are related to parenting, aging, development, and relationships.


Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define the stages of adult development, the domains of identity, and the processes of identity formation.
  2. Describe the last stage of development to determine how identity formation impacts the well- being of the older adult.
  3. Identify processes of adult identity development in case material and explain clinical interventions that would enable adults to adjust and move forward in the face of identity change.


Number of attendees the space can accommodate- 50

Level of experience of attendees: Clinicians of all levels of experience – one through forty 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 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


$20 members and students      

$50 non-members

Registration: To Pre-register email Crystal Marr, LCSW at:

Checks payable to: NYSSCSW

NOTE:  payment will only be accepted on site beginning 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Cancellation Policy:  If you are pre-registered and need to cancel, please email crystal Marr  at:, at least 24 hours prior to the presentation.

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