ACE Foundation Programs

2019 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Mid-Hudson Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

Trauma is often lodged in the body and the nervous system, not just in the mind or in recalled memory. This didactic and experiential workshop will provide an overview of the trauma healing method of Somatic Experiencing as well as the basic tenets of therapeutic writing. Participants will have an opportunity to learn techniques from somatic psychology that will enhance clients’ and their own abilities to ground themselves, internalize resources somatically and to titrate difficult sensations so that there is full access to the nervous systems’ innate, healing flow.

Both expressive and receptive writing techniques will be utilized as will the ritual of writing a community poem. All participants will be provided a copy of the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s writing project chapbook, Giving Sorrow Words, published post September 11 to assist communities in healing through language. This workshop is an introduction only to the concepts of somatic psychology and expressive writing / poetry therapy and does not substitute for formal training in either field.

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 September 14, 2019

10:00am - 1:15pm

Course Number



Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S

Program Originator:



Mental Health America
253 Mansion Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

Applicable for:



Registration is closed.

Program Details

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

  1. Distinguish among the survival responses of fight, flight, freeze, collapse as they are stored unprocessed in the nervous system.
  2. Identify the role of pendulation and resourcing (Somatic Experiencing) in the process of recovery from trauma.
  3. Describe and Practice one technique of grounding in action and one in writing.
  4. Distinguish between receptive and expressive writing techniques and when one might choose each method.

Social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, 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.

Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S is a licensed clinical social worker in the states of NY and CT, a registered biblio-poetry therapist, certified journal therapist and approved supervisor in both. She works as a corporate trainer, wellness coach and holistic psychotherapist specializing in stress management, trauma and addiction recovery. She has worked in the field of therapeutic writing and trauma for 25 years, incorporating the action methods of the expressive arts. She is trained in the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS), Level I and II of EMDR and all 3 years of the Somatic Experiencing model. She provides workshops, coaching, consultation and training services. She currently serves on the faculty of Columbia and Adelphi University as well as is a core faculty of The Therapeutic Writing Institute.

Combination of Lecture with PPT and Experiential Group Exercises with Case Examples

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:
  • 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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