55th Annual Education Conference

April 27, 2024

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

Healing Disconnection/s: What Therapists Might Expect and Provide for in Treating the Partners & Friends of Childhood Trauma Survivors (CTS)

Program Description

Trauma informed treatment has become a buzzword in our time. Yet, in teaching and supervising therapists, I have consistently found there is a large gap between what a mental health degree prepares one to do with patients, and what childhood trauma survivor (CTS) patients, and their partners and friends, may need from treatment as adults. While there is much accessible information for trauma survivors to explore in regard to their symptoms, recovery, and healing, there is comparably less for loved ones of trauma survivors, who often lack a psychoeducational context of understanding the impact of the trauma on their partner and their relationship. The cultural reference points available often depict survivors as being “toxic”, “gaslighting” and “damaged” individuals and consequently do not prepare their partners and friends for the journey of loving across neuro-difference. In fact, the culture retraumatizes survivors by exiling them into a category of ‘bad’ and encouraging a loved one to leave and to judge the experience they are having. And while some survivors are not far enough along in their recovery to sustain or make intersubjective connection a possibility, it is an overgeneralization to say that this is true for all survivors. Dealing with trauma and difference is a ubiquitous part of all our lives at this point in time. In this talk, I will translate some of the common pitfalls and dilemmas a loved one may face and the integral role the therapist may play in helping a loved one strive to maintain healthy-enough inter-dependent relatedness, while examining all the other facets of self-identity that naturally become the focus of psychotherapy.

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 27, 2024

9:30am - 11am EST


Please register by Thursday, April 25 at 5pm.

contact Hours:

1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


Johanna Dobrich LCSW-R, M.A.


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. Identify the population of partners/friends of CTS as a clinical population in need themselves, and to conceptualize three needs loved ones may bring to treatment;
2. Identify at least three obstacles commonly encountered by loved ones of CTS and ways to intervene clinically to restore or achieve “healthy-enough interdependence”; and
3. Conceptualize the broad implications of obtaining trauma-informed knowledge and skills specific for loved ones for the overall health/welfare of our communities and for the therapist’s professional development of self.

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.

Johanna Dobrich, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychoanalyst with a private practice specializing in the treatment of dissociative disorders. Johanna obtained her M.A. from Rutgers University in Political Science, her M.S.W. from NYU and completed psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in New York. Johanna is the winner of the 2023 Sandor Ferenczi Award from the International Association for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation for her book, Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis, which explores the developmental impact of growing up alongside a severely disabled and medically complex sibling. In addition to clinical practice, Johanna teaches courses and supervises therapists in training at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), National Institutes for Psychotherapies (NIP) and ICP.

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.

  • 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.
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