ACE Foundation Programs

2019 Program Archive

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers presents:


Program Description

Everyone experiences addiction and recovery differently. For this reason, psychotherapy for those struggling with addiction must take into account attachment styles, features of a client’s psychodynamic character formation and importantly, gender. When addressing addiction and most mental health issues, the struggles and challenges that women face are not necessarily the same as those of men. Gender responsive psychotherapy considers these differences for both men and women.

Oftentimes addiction for women can relate to ruptures and losses in connection while for men it can relate to defensive autonomy and an impaired ability to use emotions relationally. For men, their inclination towards addiction can relate to unprocessed feeling states that are instead manifested as action – often resulting in their reaching for a substance or engaging in out-of-control behaviors or both. For many women, the use of a substance and/or behaviors can be related to issues of marginalization and the accompanying struggle for self-identity. For both women and men, issues of attachment and character formation further compound all of these issues.

This workshop will examine the conceptualization and practice of gender responsive psychotherapy. Additionally, we will examine how to use an ecologically informed practice, which is inclusive of psychodynamic and attachment based constructs in order to ensure effective, individualized treatment. This model will also take into account the interplay of the use of non-prescribed and prescribed substances as well as the psychodynamic implications of self-medication.

Registration Options

*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, February 8, 2019

1:00pm - 5:30pm

Course Number



Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA and Betsy Spiegel, LCSW

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation


333 West 57th St. Suite 102
New York City

9 month series

contact Hours:

0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

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.


Registration is closed.

Program Details

After attending this seminar participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two to three differences in the etiology of addiction based in gender construction.
  2. Describe two to three differences in treatment of addiction based in gender construction.
  3. Describe the impact of attachment styles on how to understand addiction and how to effectively approach treatment.
  4. Describe the impact of psychodynamic character formation on how to understand addiction and how to effectively approach treatment.
  5. Using aspects of the “Self-Medication Hypothesis,” explain the implications of the interplay of self-medication, use of prescribed substances, affect-related struggles and attachment styles.

This program is for beginning practitioners.

Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA, is the founder of the Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project and a private practitioner working with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. He provides psychotherapy services that address trauma, cross addiction, out-of-control sexual behavior, sexual inhibition, intimacy anxiety, gender-related issues and sexual orientation confusion. He is the chair of the NYSSCSW Committee on Sexuality and Gender. He also functions as an Adjunct Professor for the Social Work Departments of Iona, Touro and Rutgers Universities. He holds a doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania, two Masters Degrees and three postgraduate certificates. He has published articles on sexuality, addiction, attachment and trauma.

Betsy Spiegel, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan, Formerly she was Senior Psychotherapist and Supervisor at Blanton Peale Counseling Center, adjunct faculty in the Adelphi University and Silver NYU Schools of Social Work, in addition she has authored and co-authored six articles in professional journals and chapters in professional texts. All publications focus on the integration of psychodynamic attachment and object relations and treatment of addiction and 12 Step Programs. She has facilitated and developed many workshops, lectures, and training events on this topic


No contact hours will be awarded for participation in this program.

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.

  • No Contact Hours will be awarded for participation in this course
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
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