ACE Foundation Programs

2019 Program Archive

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


Program Description

Over the past few decades scientists have discovered there is direct communication between the gut and the brain. Embryologically the two start out at the same point. Then one goes up and one goes down. Cells that begin in such close relationship retain a lifelong memory of each other and the bidirectional highway that runs between them is trafficked by a constant stream of messages. The complex and multifaceted aspects of the gut-brain axis not only ensures proper maintenance and regulation of the gastrointestinal system, but has profound impact on mood, behavior and higher cognitive functions.

This presentation will speak to the importance of understanding the relationship between the gut and the brain, and the impact of food on mood. As clinicians working with trauma, anxiety and depression, this topic is of particular relevance as attention is paid to both cerebral cognitive activity as well as to limbic, bodily experience. Helping patients bring balance to the system is of forefront importance in working with strong affect states and nutrition can be enemy or ally in the service of restoring equilibrium and harmony to the whole being.

The talk will give an overview of the science and biology of the gut-brain axis, the importance of the microbiome, basic nutritional information and simple tips oftenuseful to patients. Consideration will also be given to when it is clinically appropriate to introduce this topic, when it is not, and provide case examples that demonstrate how this plays in the treatment setting.

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, October 19, 2019

10:00am - 1:00pm

Course Number



Pamela Thorp, LCSW

Program Originator:



The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies
16 West 10th Street
New York, N.Y. 10011

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

Applicable for:



Registration is closed.

Program Details

As a result of participating in this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic science of the brain-gut axis and its importance in regulating stress-related responses and describe how neurotransmitters function and how communication between the two systems occur.
  2. Define the importance of the microbiome and describe the organisms that inhabit it and their impact on mood and behavior.
  3. Identify who, how and when to bring this topic into a treatment and include a case example that demonstrates how this might be done.
  4. Identify the types of foods that both inflame the stress response and regulate it.

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

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

Pamela Thorp, LCSW is an Integrative Psychotherapist who combines concepts from Psychoanalysis, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Energy Psychology in her work. She received her MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1988 and completed her institute training at National Institute for the Psychotherapies in 1994. She has taught in NIP’s analytic training program, supervised in both the analytic and trauma training tracks, and is an active participant on the Integrative Trauma Program’s Executive Committee. She has also served as faculty in the Continuing Education Program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Pam is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, an advanced EFT Practitioner and certified by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Health Coach. She is currently in training with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in their Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Certification Program. Pam has been in private practice in NYC for thirty one years.

Lecture with 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.

  • 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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