ACE Foundation Programs

2023 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work’s Metropolitan Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents


Program Description

Historically, Hispanics have been described as underutilizing mental health services. A language barrier was frequently a factor but we are aware that culture and developing a therapeutic alliance is essential to a connection that heals. As a population marginalized at the intersections of poverty, poor health, family disruptions, losses and separations as a result of immigration and urban violence, it has been a common belief that poor people are so consumed with the challenges of their daily struggles that they can only benefit from symptom reduction and concrete interventions as it was not possible to access the unconscious. Through clinical illustration, the presenter will share how psychodynamic therapy and clinical interventions based on psychoanalytic principles provide profound and sensitive testimonies. In speaking aloud to someone, you are also able to hear yourself speak what had been the unsayable.

This presentation seeks to share how lives can be transformed when they are invited into a psychoanalytic, psychodynamic space. Language and culture are important factors to integrate in clinical work with Hispanic individuals and each vignette holds moving examples. Culture influences how we act, think, and feel and “influences how people become distressed…seek help and eventually heal.” Culture provides the lens through which we experience the world and its relevance to mental health care impacts the client and the clinician providing care.

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.


Saturday, March 4, 2023

10:00am - 1:00pm


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contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


María Elena Oliva, Ph.D., LCSW


Live Online via Zoom

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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.

Program Details

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

  1. Identify the role of language in the ability to access memories that live in the clients first language.
  2. Explain how culture influences how Hispanics think and feel and influences how they seek help and heal.
  3. Compare and contrast focusing on concrete interventions as opposed to making it possible for the client to find a voice and words for “the unsayable.”
  4. List three examples of how Hispanics find/value connection with the therapist.

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.

María Elena Oliva is the Director of Social Work at the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, CT and has a private practice in Hamden, CT. A doctoral graduate from Smith College School of Social Work, Maria earned her master’s degree from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. As a child immigrant to the United States from Cuba, Maria has lived and been educated within the duet of two languages. She believes that it is these voices that always remind her of home, that speak to her in the language of the heart. Maria has presented this topic at two NASW annual conferences, groups of psychotherapy practitioners and to several university groups to increase the understanding of the challenges of therapy in a second language.

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Webinar lecture and Q and A.

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 Debbie 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.
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