ACE Foundation Programs

2023 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter with the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

In relationship therapy, we say that underlying every frustration is a hidden need. Couples build resentments toward each other and easily fall into conflict when these needs are not addressed. Penetrating below the surface frustrations gives people the ability to connect to their deepest feelings and needs. Then they can be empowered to advocate for themselves, helping them to get and give the support they need.

Creative Arts Therapy can deepen one’s self awareness of feelings, and needs and can enhance self-expression, because it can bypass the boundaries of linear thinking. Therefore, it can establish a deeper empathic connection when used in couple’s therapy to one’s partner and oneself.

In this three-hour live webinar, participants will learn how to utilize creative arts therapy and other effective experiential tools with couples. Slide and film presentations will be used along with lively discussion and experiential exercises to illustrate this creative therapy process.

Please have drawing materials at hand, such as white paper, markers, cray-pas, or crayons in order to be ready for the experiential component.

Although this workshop is focused on working with couples, it can easily be applied to individuals as well. The theoretical approach featured draws on the facilitator’s training as an Imago relationship therapist, psychoanalyst, and art therapist. All mental health professionals are invited to attend.

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, April 1, 2023

10am - 1pm

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Bonnie Hirschhorn LP, NCPsyA, LCSW, LCAT

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 Thursday, March 29, 2023 at 5pm.

Program Details

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

  1. Participants will demonstrate learning by describing two ways to help couples process their art therapy work.
  2. Participants will demonstrate learning by describing two ways to help couples turn their frustrations into powerful tools for therapeutic growth.
  3. Participants will demonstrate learning by naming two or more ways to adapt the tools taught in this workshop to varied situations in treatment and client populations

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.

Bonnie Hirschhorn is a highly skilled therapist with over 35 years of experience. She has a master’s degree in Art Therapy and another in Clinical Social Work. She has completed a 10 year postgraduate program in Expressive Psychoanalysis. She is licensed as an Art Therapist, Psychoanalyst and Clinical Social Worker and she is certified as an Imago Relationship Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Yoga Instructor. Through her many years of experience, Bonnie has developed a unique way of integrating non-verbal therapeutic modalities such as art, movement, drama, somatic awareness, and guided meditation with in-depth verbal processing in her work with individuals and couples. She had an office in Manhattan for over 30 years. Now, since the pandemic, she is full time in her New Paltz office, working on Zoom with individuals and couples as well as presenting webinars to professionals. She is delighted to share her knowledge and skills in utilizing the creative process to help individuals and couples heal and thrive.

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Webinar with experiential component

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.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Debbie, 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 Debbie:
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