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2019 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter with the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

This presentation will explore how psychotherapeutic understandings of empathy have been challenged and deepened by recent scholarship in neuroscience, cognitive science, anthropology, and moral philosophy. We have long assumed that empathy is necessary not only to the success of therapy but also to child development and overall wellbeing. Many consider it fundamental among the so-called “common factors,” that is, a mental state necessary to the success of any approach to therapy. Some now question these ideas. Is it possible that empathy can lead to a kind of exhaustion or preoccupation, thus limiting our capacity to act on our feelings. Perhaps, in feeling another’s pain, we come to believe, without cause, that it is necessarily virtuous. Can autism be understood, as Simon Baron Cohen argues, as the absence of a particular kind of capacity for empathy? Is empathy wired and activated only under particular circumstances? These and other questions will be explored using ideas developed by the psychoanalyst/anthropologist, Douglas Hollan.

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.


February 2, 2019


Course Number



Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW

Program Originator:



Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

Applicable for:



Registration is closed.

Program Details

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the social emotion, empathy (and empathy-like processes), has been understood in recent debates in philosophy, psychology, and anthropology.
  2. Define how empathy has been understood as a ‘trial identification’ to discover, consciously or unconsciously, the emotional state of another.
  3. Compare and contrast the terms, empathy and sympathy, which are often used in confusing ways leave us with a limited understanding of compassion.
  4. Explain how empathy may limit, even inhibit communication in consideration of the recent work in cognitive science and neuroscience whereby current neuroscience offers and adequate understanding of empathy: as an elementary, involuntary capacity which puts us in touch with the emotional state of another.
  5. Identify specific cultural contexts where social scientists have recurrently encountered deep-seated assumptions concerning the limits of knowing other minds, what is often referred to in the literature as doctrines of “mental opacity.”

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

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

Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW, is the co-president of The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW), he is an Associate Professor of social work at Rutgers University and holds graduate degrees in anthropology and social work. He is supervising analyst at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis. He has five published books: On Having and Being a Case Manager: A Relational Method for RecoveryColumbia University Press (2010);Qualitative Methods for Practice,Oxford University Press (2013);A to Z for Psychodynamic Practice, Palgrave MacMillan (2015); TheSocial Work and K-12 Schools Casebook,Routledge Press (2017);The Social Work and Sexual Trauma Case Book: Phenomenological Perspectives, Routledge (in press, 2019). Dr. Longhofer is currently working on a two volume series on the case study method and critical realism.


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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