55th Annual Education Conference

April 20, 2024

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

Whistle While You Work: Work, Identity and Its Vicissitudes

Program Description

In this presentation, we will look at the myriad of meanings that work holds for each of us. We all know how central work is for our sense of self-worth, purpose, meaning and our need for mastery, indeed, for our very identity. Certainly, meaningful work performs various functions for each of us. These functions may change at different stages and phases of our lives. I will present some personal and case material, and I will encourage each of you to think about the meaning of work for you, and for some of your clients.

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

11am - 12:30pm EST


Please register by Thursday, April 18 at 5pm.

contact Hours:

1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


Samoan Barrish PhD, LCSW


Live online via Zoom

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Course Number


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. Articulate a fuller overall grasp of the meaning of one’s work;
2. Have more fully considered and identified at least three factors that brought them to their profession and what it has meant to them; and
3. Reflect on some of their patients and the significance their work held for them.

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.

Dr. Samoan Barish has an MSW from UC Berkeley, a DSW from University of Southern California, and a PhD in Psychoanalysis from the New Center (formerly So. Calif Psychoanalytic Institute). She is a member and past-president of AAPCSW. She is the former Dean and Faculty member at the Sanville Institute, and has practiced and consulted in numerous agency and hospital setting and social service agencies. She maintains an independent practice in Santa Monica. Her publications have appeared in the Clinical Social Work Journal, the American Journal of Psychoanalysis and Other/Wise, an online journal of IFPE. Dr. Barish has contributed a chapter to The Social Work Psychoanalyst’s Casebook (1999), entitled “A Woman of Her Time (Or Was She?) and to Therapies With Women In Transition (2003) entitled, “Work and Its Vicissitudes:Two Women of a Certain Age Playing with Work”. Dr. Barish is a frequent presenter and workshop participant at statewide, national and international meetings. She maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, CA.

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.

  • 1.5 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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