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


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: Registration onsite: 9:30am-10:00am
Presentation: 10:00am-1:30pm
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College
Private Dining Hall at McNelis Commons
Route 340, Sparkill, NY

This presentation will provide an overview of “Harm Reduction” and teach ways to integrate harm reduction therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders. Harm Reduction is best considered a broad umbrella concept within which both abstinence and selected reductions of substance use are acceptable goals. Harm reduction psychotherapy focuses less on the use of one or more substances and more on the global functioning of an individual. It has rekindled Rogerian techniques currently referred to as client-centered therapy.

It honors the therapeutic relationship as the cornerstone of successful behavior modification. It also raises the importance of assisting the patient to explore the underlying psychosocial issues that accompany substance use. Handouts will be provided.

Presenters: Ross Fishman, Ph.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and co-founder of Innovative Health Systems, an outpatient, OASAS-certified Substance Use Disorder Clinic in White Plains established in 1985. He has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Queens College, CUNY,and on the Psychiatry Department faculties of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cornell Weill Medical College (New York Presbyterian Hospital – Westchester Division) and New York Medical College (Westchester Medical Center). He is the former Director of Evaluation for the NYC Bureau of Alcoholism Services and Director of Education and Training, New York City Affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism. His current interests are harm reduction psychotherapy and divorce contemplation.


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

1. Identify harm reduction techniques in everyday life

2. Describe the developmental issues that influence the decision to use drugs

3. List at least three conflicts that make it difficult for the user to accept the benefits of stopping or reducing drug intake

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels 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

Fee/Registration/Cancellation Policy

NYSSCSW Members - $20   Non-members - $50

Seniors - $20   Students - Free

RSVP is strongly encouraged and participation will limited to the first 32 people to register

To Register and RSVP: Kindly email Kevin Melendy at and include:

First and last name:   Mailing and email addresses

Note: Payment is required and will be collected on-site beginning 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  – check, money order or cash only

(Check or money order are to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”)

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

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