ACE Foundation Programs

2020 Program Archive

The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

This session will provide a review of substance abuse definitions and will outline how substance abuse issues affect the Gay community more than others. We will explore reasons for the higher rates of substance abuse in the Gay population and as per the self-medication hypothesis, we will identify which substances are used and why. We will also explore some of the unique stressors on the Gay community that foster higher rates of substance abuse. We will then address barriers to treatment for this population and ways to most effectively treat these issues that includes a transtheoretical, integrated model that leaves room for treatment for those who are reactive to twelve-step ideology.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

10:00am - 5:00pm

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Michael M. Crocker, DSW, LCSW, CGP and Christopher Shea, LMSW, CASAC, CSAT, CPPT

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6.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

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Program Details

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

  1. Define and describe what Chemsex and Party ‘n Play is in the Gay community.
  2. Define and describe the vulnerabilities specific to the Gay community related to substance abuse, chemsex and Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior.
  3. Define and describe the transtheoretical approach to treating Chemsex in the Gay community to include attachment theory, affect regulation, motivation interviewing, group psychotherapy, combined treatment and 12 step ideology.
  4. Define and describe what an effective clinical program for the Gay Community struggling with Chemsex and Party ‘n Play.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) Licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW), Licensed Psychoanalysts ( LP), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and Licensed Psychiatrists.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Michael Crocker has a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work as well as two Masters degrees; one in organizational behavior and industrial psychology and the other in socials work. Additionally, he has three postgraduate certificates in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is the founder of the Sexuality, Attachment & Trauma Project, a group practice of clinicians who treat issues of Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior and other Trauma related disorders. His group practice includes individual, group and couple psychotherapy. He has published articles on Attachment Theory, Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior and Affect Regulation. His doctoral dissertation identified the correlation between Out-of-Control Sexual behavior and Insecure Avoidant Attachment.

Christopher Shea has a Masters in Clinical Social Work and is a Treatment and Training Associate of the Sexuality, Attachment & Trauma Project as well as a private practitioner. Christopher has over a decade of experience treating addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity issues, and personality challenges. In addition to being a licensed social worker he is also a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist and a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist. He is also trained in Schema and EMDR therapies. In treating the doubly pernicious interaction of drug and sex fusion addictions, he utilizes a framework informed by attachment and affect regulation theories to help individuals resolve such entanglements.

Lecture with Power Point and case study along with time for audience participation.

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 Jennifer 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.

  • 6.0 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 Jennifer, 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 Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact:

Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists  #PSY-0121.

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0056; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.

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