ACE Foundation Programs

2021 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Met Chapter Committee on Psychoanalysis Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

In this Workshop we are looking at the therapeutic factors that can lead our patients away from victimhood into agency. We define agency as a conscious awareness of one’s emotional states and motivations. This awareness can only be partial in that no amount of self-awareness can or should read every feeling state and their accompanying motives. What’s important is a general ability to be aware of one’s potency in understanding who you are, what you want and how you’re pursuing your goals. This even includes the paradox of having invented yourself while owning your dependence on others. We see victimhood as the negation of agency, always aimed at avoiding responsibility through the illusion of powerlessness. In this state, you are not only being hurt, but have no capacity to hurt others. Our contention is that treatment for these patients needs a first step in which they discover their aggression. It is only then they are agentic and can imagine causing harm to others. This last step makes morality and concern possible, the gateway to Klein’s depressive position. We further contend that the most effective awareness of one’s aggressive potential comes through playing with sadistic fantasies. We’ll provide case material to demonstrate this.

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, November 20, 2021

10:00am - 1:30pm

Course Number



Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA, CGT and Art Baur, LCSW

Program Originator:

Metropolitan Chapter



contact Hours:

3.0 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. Describe psychological victimhood and its roots and list three conceptualizations of victimhood.
  2. Identify three different ways that victimhood can manifest.
  3. Explain psychological agency and its roots and define agency and how it is developed.
  4. Describe treatment approaches which address victimhood and move patients into agency and list two techniques to help enhance agency and dissipate victimhood.
  5. Define three conceptualizations in object relations theory that hep patients move into agency and real sustaining guilt.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

This workshop is applicable to all clinicians working with individuals with struggles of victimhood and agency. The theoretical aspect of the workshop provides a clear explanation of the manifestation of victimhood. Techniques to address victimhood and mover people into self-agency will be explored. New clinicians and seasoned clinicians will benefit from this workshop.

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

Dr. Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA, CGT, is the Director of the Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project as well as a private practitioner who provides direct clinical services. He has a doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Crocker is a licensed clinical social worker who also holds a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in industrial psychology and organizational behavior, two post master’s certificates and institute training in object relations theory. Dr. Crocker is an adjunct professor for Touro College, Rutgers University, and Iona College. He teaches psychodynamic theory and trauma related studies for graduate students.

Art Baur, LCSW is a psychoanalyst who has practiced for over 40 years. He is a licensed clinical social worker and was the Training Director at the Object Relations Institute. Art Baur has provided training and supervision for multiple institutes, including the National Institute of the Psychotherapies in New York City. Art Baur continues to provide clinical supervision to several psychodynamic therapists and psychoanalysts. He continues to teach for NIP.

Zoom webinar

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.

  • 3.0 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:
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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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