ACE Foundation Programs

Sunday, December 4, 2022

The New York State Society For Clinical Social Work Mid-Hudson Chapter With The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation presents:


Program Description

Anxiety disorders are currently the most commonly diagnosed mental illness and can sometimes be a challenge to address completely within the confines of a session. Writing and literature, both in and out of session, can serve important functions in the role of ego support and enhancement as well as to assist in externalizing and concretizing patient concerns.

Join us for this three-hour didactic and experiential workshop to learn a variety of writing structures and prompts to help both contain and explore anxiety, methods to encourage clients’ positive coping through writing as well as how these methods can serve as a form of desensitization or cognitive rehearsal. Specific attention will be given to some of the research based on ways in which writing practices impact neurological processes. This workshop equips participants with beginning skills applicable to a range of client populations, though additional training in therapeutic writing and poetry therapy are needed for in-depth work.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.


Sunday, December 4, 2022

10:00am - 1:00pm

Course Number



Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, CM

Program Originator:



Live Online via Zoom

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.


Please Register By 11/30/2022 At 5pm.

Program Details

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

  1. Reflect on their experiences of both receptive and expressive strategies in the use of story, poetry and metaphor
  2. Identify at least 2 writing structures that are helpful in the containment of anxiety
  3. Verbalize understanding how writing processes can anchor positive associations or reduce abreaction
  4. Apply 2 exploratory types of structured writing to current treatment plan goals and objectives

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, CM is a licensed clinical social worker in the states of CT and NY, a registered poetry and journal therapist and certified trainer in both methods. She has a multi-modal creative arts coaching and psychotherapy practice where she specializes in trauma and nervous system regulation. She also serves as lead faculty for Adelphi University’s postgraduate certificate program in the Applied Expressive Arts in Counseling and is an adjunct professor there in their MSW program, is an Online Campus Advisor for Columbia University’s school of social work as well as on the faculty of Kint Institute and core faculty for the Therapeutic Writing Center.

Didactic and experiential workshop – Live Online via Zoom

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Jennifer at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

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

Inclement Weather Policy:

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.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

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