55th Annual Education Conference

April 20, 2024

The New York State Society for Clinical Social Work with The ACE Foundation Present

Phases of a Meaningful Clinical Career

Program Description

How did early professional experiences in hospitals affect my development as a clinician? What are the most fundamental values that can inspire long term involvement in a clinical career? How can supervisory input help hone the therapist’s “signature” style? In this presentation, I explore these issues, reflecting on the sense of purpose, integrity, courage, and curiosity that can support a lifetime of clinical work. I consider the impact of the many losses we incur, including, eventually, the loss of every patient we treat. Finally, I express some of my feelings about retiring from practice, and the particular challenges retirement raises.

Registration Options

For 2-day registration (4 presentations), Early Bird fees are:
Members: $100* ($120 after 3/15/24)
Non-Members: $130 ($150 after 3/15/24)
Students: $30** (no early bird)

For 1-day registration (2 presentations), fees are:
Members: $60* ($70 after 3/15/24)
Non-Members: $75 ($90 after 3/15/24)
Students: $20** (no early bird)

*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.


April 20, 2024

9:30am - 11am EST


Please register by Thursday, April 18 at 5pm.

contact Hours:

1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


Sandra Buechler, PhD


Live Online via Zoom

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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.

Program Details

By the end of this clinical educational presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the phases of a clinical career, and some of their specific challenges.
2. Utilize personal and professional experiences to accompany them in difficult sessions with patients.
3. List some of the clinical values that are necessary in the preparation of a clinician for their career.

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.

Sandra Buechler, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. She is the author of Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment, (Analytic Press, 2004), Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives, (Routledge, 2008), which won the Gradiva award, Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career, (Routledge, 2012), Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature, (Routledge, 2015) Psychoanalytic Reflections: Training and Practice, (IPBooks, 2017) Psychoanalytic Approaches to Problems in Living, (Routledge, 2019) and Poetic Dialogues (IPBooks, 2021).

Bibliography/References – – DOWNLOAD PDF
Zoom Webinar with Q & 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 info.acefoundation@gmail.com, 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 info.acefoundation@gmail.com.

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.

  • #.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: info.acefoundation@gmail.com.
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Debbie: info.acefoundation@gmail.com.
  • In the event of any grievance please contact: director.acefoundation@gmail.com.

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