New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Co-sponsored with the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW Presents


2.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Course Number: 233      Location: Manhattan

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

Date: Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Time: Pre Registration By: Wednesday, October 19, 2018  
  Check In/Onsite Registration:  8:30am  
  Annual Meeting:  9:00am - 10:00am  
  Break/Networking: 10:00am - 10:15am  
  Seminar: 10:15am - 12:30 pm  


The 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church
7 West 55th St.
New York, N.Y. 10019

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.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.

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

The space can accommodate approximately 150 people.

Level of experience of attendees: Clinicians of 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 is 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 Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan Klett, PH.D, Psy.D, LCSW-R, BCD, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York
State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017. 
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.0 continuing education clock hours.”

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Event Registration: 8:30am-9:00am

General Membership Meeting: (Free)

Break for Refreshments & Networking:

Seminar: 10:15am-12:30pm (See fees below)

     In Advance
                Members  $35
                Non-members $65
                Students with ID: $20 
     On Site:
                Additional fee of $15.00
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

    Please note:      
                   On Site charge takes
                  effect on October 18, 2018


                For EASY online 
                registration click:

                    Register Here

             For inquiries e-mail:

         Jennifer or Kristin at

Early Registration is strongly encouraged. 
You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee
having been paid.  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration,
you will be added to our waitlist.

For On Site Registration:

Check or money order only, to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”.

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Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

Cancellation Policy:  
Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at


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