Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers

Program Series for New Professionals


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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Course Number: 6      Location: 333 West 57th St. Suite 102, New York City

Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA
Betsy Spiegel, LCSW



Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: 333 West 57th St. Suite 102, New York City
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Everyone experiences addiction and recovery differently.  For this reason, psychotherapy for those struggling with addiction must take into account attachment styles, features of a client’s psychodynamic character formation and importantly, gender.  When addressing addiction and most mental health issues, the struggles and challenges that women face are not necessarily the same as those of men.  Gender responsive psychotherapy considers these differences for both men and women.

Oftentimes addiction for women can relate to ruptures and losses in connection while for men it can relate to defensive autonomy and an impaired ability to use emotions relationally.  For men, their inclination towards addiction can relate to unprocessed feeling states that are instead manifested as action – often resulting in their reaching for a substance or engaging in out-of-control behaviors or both. For many women, the use of a substance and/or behaviors can be related to issues of marginalization and the accompanying struggle for self-identity.  For both women and men, issues of attachment and character formation further compound all of these issues.

This workshop will examine the conceptualization and practice of gender responsive psychotherapy.  Additionally, we will examine how to use an ecologically informed practice, which is inclusive of psychodynamic and attachment based constructs in order to ensure effective, individualized treatment.  This model will also take into account the interplay of the use of non-prescribed and prescribed substances as well as the psychodynamic implications of self-medication.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this seminar participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two to three differences in the etiology of addiction based in gender construction.
  2. Describe two to three differences in treatment of addiction based in gender construction.
  3. Describe the impact of attachment styles on how to understand addiction and how to effectively approach treatment.
  4. Describe the impact of psychodynamic character formation on how to understand addiction and how to effectively approach treatment.
  5. Using aspects of the “Self-Medication Hypothesis,” explain the implications of the interplay of self-medication, use of prescribed substances, affect-related struggles and attachment styles.


Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA, is the founder of the Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project and a private practitioner working with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. He provides psychotherapy services that address trauma, cross addiction, out-of-control sexual behavior, sexual inhibition, intimacy anxiety, gender-related issues and sexual orientation confusion. He is the chair of the NYSSCSW Committee on Sexuality and Gender. He also functions as an Adjunct Professor for the Social Work Departments of Iona, Touro and Rutgers Universities. He holds a doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania, two Masters Degrees and three postgraduate certificates. He has published articles on sexuality, addiction, attachment and trauma.

Betsy Spiegel, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan, Formerly she was Senior Psychotherapist and Supervisor at Blanton Peale Counseling Center, adjunct faculty in the Adelphi University and Silver NYU Schools of Social Work, in addition she has authored and co-authored six articles in professional journals and chapters in professional texts. All publications focus on the integration of psychodynamic attachment and object relations and treatment of addiction and 12 Step Programs. She has facilitated and developed many workshops, lectures, and training events on this topic

Office can accommodate 34 participants.


  • $20  per program ‚Äč
  • $150 for entire 9 part program series

On Site:

  • Additional fee of $10.00

Please note:      
          On Site charge takes
          effect on February 7, 2019

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