55th Annual Education Conference

Saturday, April 27, 2023

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

How a Child Analyst Helps Change Society Through Litigation

Program Description

When a woman astronaut was killed in the Challenger Disaster, the author spoke on 20/20 about children’s reactions. Many attorneys viewing the broadcast began to want his help with traumatized children in the midst of civil litigation. The children were especially those traumatized by sexual abuse in churches, day care centers, schools, foster care and group homes. As he continued forensic practice for decades and aged into his nineties, rather than retiring, he was called on more and more to deal with major cases. Some cases affected decisions about statutes of limitation and some affected large social systems. Thousands of children who sued for negligent and abusive care, were helped to find their voices, were successful individually and in class actions, gaining very large awards, settlements and verdicts. Standards of actual care responded, improving in churches, schools and foster care systems. Many therapists have attended his forensic seminars and some are now actively collaborating with him in developing a nonprofit service, giving voices to oppressed, marginalized and traumatized persons seeking justice.

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.


Saturday, April 27, 2023

11:00am - 12:30pm EST


Please register by Thursday, April 25 at 5pm.

contact Hours:

1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


Gilbert Kliman MD


Live Online via Zoom

Program Originator:


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 educational activity, participants will be able to:
1. Know three fields of society in which a clinician may help as an expert witness;
2. Know some effects of such testimony by the author;
3. Know what an association of the author’s increasing age is with his forensic practice

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.

Gilbert Kliman, MD, is Medical Director of Preventive Psychiatry Associates Medical Group, Inc., Medical Director of Children’s Psychological Health Center, Inc., Chairperson of Harlem Family Institute, Co-Chair of Harlem Family Services, Distinguished Life Fellow and Diplomate of The American Psychiatric Association, Senior Life Fellow and Diplomate of American Academy Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Certified Psychoanalyst for Children, Adolescents and Adults and Member of The American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Kliman also founded three nonprofit organizations dedicated to mental health services after graduating from Harvard Medical School and completing his child psychiatric training and interdisciplinary fellowship in science and psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. All three foundations are still vigorously functioning and all were derived from the Reflective Network Therapy experience (formerly known as The Cornerstone Therapeutic Preschool Method) that he originated with the help of his colleagues (including Elissa Burian) at The Center for Preventive Psychiatry, which he founded in 1965. Dr. Kliman also founded the Foster Care Study Unit at Columbia University College of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Child Psychiatry. He is Recipient of the Janusz Korczak Award for “World’s Best Book Concerning Nurture and Well Being of Children”, 2016 Anna Freud Award, 2020 Humanitarian Award of The American Psychoanalytic Association and 2020 Rieger Award, AACAP, has presented at more than 100 scientific seminars, conferences and symposiums, and has received over 50 grants for research and services regarding psychological illness and traumatic experiences concerning young children and families.

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.
  • In the event of any grievance please contact: director.acefoundation@gmail.com.

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