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Educational Conference

PSCSW's Annual Dinner

Partners Caught in the Crossfire: Impact of Sex Addiction on Loved Ones


Cara W. Tripodi, LCSW, CSAT

Friday, November 7, 2014

Time: 6 pm - 7 pm Cocktail Hour (Hors d'oeuvres & cash bar)

7 pm - 9:30 pm - Dinner & Program

2 CEs

(Presentation of PSCSW Clinical Awards for Excellence will occur prior to the presentation.)

Please click to learn more and

register online or to register by mail.

Location: Germantown Cricket Club

411 West Manheim Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Recognizing & Managing Addictions in an Out-Patient Practice

Presenter: Mark Schenker, PhD

Time: 9 am - 1 pm (Registration begins at 8:30 am.)


Please click to learn more and

register online or to register by mail.

Location: Lankenau Hospital

Auditorium-Main Hospital

Entrance “A” Lobby

100 East Lancaster Ave.,

Wynnewood, PA 19096

Conference parking included, Garage B


Continuing Education Programs

(*See bottom of page for Cost & Cancellation Policy*)

Coffee & Conversations

Sunday, October 26, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

(Please arrive at 9:30 am for registration, light breakfast & socialization.)

Title: Integrating Meditation into your Psychotherapy Practice - An Introduction

Presenter: Helen J. Rosen, PhD, MSW

Location: Wynnewood, PA

2 CEs

Click here to register.

Please contact Lauren Dicair

for further information.


Clinical Book Group

(Members Only Event)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

10 am - 1 pm

Book: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (1992) Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Clinical Title: The Impact of Father Daughter Incest: Dissociative Amnesia; Relational Destruction; and Professional Controversy-Charting an Ethical Course of Treatment Through the Shoals of Fragmented Memory

Presenter: Joan F. Pollak, MSW, LCSW

Time: 10 am - 1 pm (Please arrive at 9:30 am for registration, light breakfast & socialization.)

Location: Philadelphia, PA (Mt. Airy)

3 Ethics CEs

Click here to register.

Please contact Paulina Naisteter

for further information.


Bucks County

Coffee & Conversations

Saturday, December 6, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

(Please arrive at 9:30 am for registration, light breakfast & socialization.)

Title: Integrating Meditation into your Psychotherapy Practice - An Introduction

Presenter: Helen J. Rosen, PhD, MSW

Location: Doylestown, PA

2 CEs

Click here to register.

Please contact Rebecca Zuspan

for further information.


Cost of Continuing Education Programs

Participants who attend any of our programs must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.

Cost of Coffee & Conversations Programs and Regional Program Fees: Free for PSCSW Members to attend. $20 for Non Members. CE Certificate $10 for any attendee

Cost of Members-Only Events (Book Clubs & Film Program Fees): Free for PSCSW Members to attend. CE Certificate $10 for any attendee.


*Cancellation Policy for

Continuing Education Programs*

PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.

No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

The above programs are presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for one of these programs.

112 Carol Lane, Richboro, PA 18954


Mandated Child Abuse Training

Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse

*Members Only Event*

(Webinar Training Only)

Offered by:

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

(DPW Approved Training)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

9 am - Noon

3 CEs

Members Only Program: Cost $10

Click here to register.

All information will be sent to you by Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance approximately two weeks prior to the program.


Welcome to the PSCSW Web Site!


  Welcome to the Home Page of the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work!  We are a dynamic group of clinical social workers promoting continuing education; legislative advocacy; professional standards; guidance for students and new graduates; and initiatives to support our professional community and clinical practice. If you scan our site you will see postings about upcoming conferences with noted speakers, Coffee and Conversation seminars, book club meetings, Arts and Social Committee and other member events. You will find links to information about the LSW and LCSW accreditation process; legislative initiatives; our low fee supervision list, and mentoring for new professional members. There are additional links to information about liability insurance; the PSCSW Code of Ethics; the Student Awards Program and related professional resources. Enjoy browsing our website!

  PSCSW was founded in 1971 to maintain high standards for clinical social workers and to raise the awareness of professional clinical social workers in this state. Our members work in public agency, private practice, and university settings, and we welcome participants with diverse backgrounds and interests.  We are affiliated with the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA), a national organization sponsoring legislative initiatives and providing information of benefit to clinical social workers. PSCSW works steadily with other professional organizations, and we are proud of our leadership in changing the licensing act in 1998 to include a Clinical Social Work license.

  As a professional membership organization, we are pre-approved to offer social work CE credits for all our Education, coffee and conversation, book group, and film group programs. We are committed to offering regular programs that meet Pennsylvania State Board requirements for Ethics CE's. Our first-rate educational programs and seminars help us to stay informed as well as to provide a forum for professional support. 

  PSCSW members enjoy an active listserv for the exchange of resources, referrals and clinical information. Our listserv maintains a warm, lively, and generous spirit that helps all members experience support when needed. Our newsletter “The Clinical Voice” includes informed clinical articles by members and professional updates. We also encourage members to join a committee; respond to legislative calls for action, or to be involved at whatever level of activity suits them. We presently offer ongoing support groups for Clinical Social Workers of Color; Male Social Workers and Social Workers in Health Care. Our collective efforts combine to promote the social work profession on behalf of practitioners and their clients.

 If you are not already a member, membership applications are available by link on this page. We welcome you to join PSCSW!

Patricia Isakowtiz, MSW, LCSW

President, PSCSW


PSCSW Student Awards Program

Now Accepting Papers!

  The PSCSW Awards for Clinical Excellence were established by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work to acknowledge the outstanding clinical work of students. The Awards are presented annually to students who submit a paper for review by distinguished judges. The program is open to all graduating Masters of Social Work students in Pennsylvania. The Awards program is dedicated to four distinguished PSCSW leaders who have provided inspiration for future clinicians: Patricia Burland, Mary Montague, Judith Kasser, and Anna Wiggins.


The deadline for submission is April 13, 2015. 


Please link to Student Awards Program for more information including application procedure; application form; and submission guidelines.


PSCSW Post Master Courses

(In collaboration with Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work & Social Research Professional Development Center)

Fall 2014 - Thursdays, October - November

6 pm - 8 pm (8 CEs)

   Female Psychology: Contemporary & Treatment; Instructor: Miriam Field, MSS, MLSP, LCSW


Spring 2015 - Thursdays in January

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (8 CEs)

   Clinical Uses of Fairy Tales & Object Relations Theory; Instructor: Karen Fraley, MSS, LCSW, BCD


Spring 2015 - Saturdays, January - February

9:30 am - 12 pm (9 CEs & 6 Group Supervision Hours; or 15 CEs)

   Attachment & Affect Regulation Theory: Clinical Applications; Instructor & Group Supervisor: Toni Mandelbaum, LCSW & Discussant & Group Supervisor: Leda Sportolari, LCSW

Fore more information or to register,

please click here.


Social Workers of Color Meetings

(SWOC) - (Members Only Event)

PSCSW SWOC will meet every other month on the second Sunday of the month from 2 pm - 5 pm.


Please click here to see SWOC's Mission Statement and Vision.  

Please contact Annette Owens

for more information. 


Medical Social Work Meeting

(Members Only Event)

     These meetings are appropriate for any PSCSW Member currently in medical social work or, those trying to get into medical social work or if you are interested in learning what medical social workers do.

The next meeting:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

10 am - 12 pm


Saturday, January 10, 2015

11 am - 1 pm

Please contact Edythe Shapiro or

215-399-7567 for more information.


LGBTQ Meeting

(Members Only Event)

Meeting: Saturday, September 13, 2014

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: TBD

For more information and to RSVP,

please contact Aurora Garcia.


Low Fee Supervision List

If you are an LCSW candidate and a PSCSW member, please access the Low Fee Supervision List under Member Login.

Please contact Jessie Timmons with any questions/inquiries.


Mentoring Program

Members can be matched with a mentor in their field of interest.  The program offers support and guidance for professional questions and transitions.  For a complete description and contact information, please access information about the Mentoring Program under Member Login .


FAQ's about the LSW/LCSW - Check out our Updated Answers to your Important Questions!

PSCSW Code of Ethics

PSCSW Code of Ethics: These Ethical Guidelines are applicable to all Social Workers.

For Our Members:

  Under Member Login, PSCSW members can find a Membership Directory, Low Fee Supervision List and PSCSW By-Laws. If you have any difficulty logging into the members only section, please contact the PSCSW office.

Liability Insurance

  PSCSW offers Liability Insurance for Professional Social Workers through CPH & Associates

Professional Resources

Please reference important Professional Resources on the left menu. These include Professional Associations; Licensure and Liability Information; State Social Work Boards; and other useful links.


PSCSW Member

Cosponsored Programs

Susan Wesnoski, MSW, LCSW

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS) with PSCSW Members: Carl Marcus, LSCSW, Certified IFS Therapist & Patricia Rich, LCSW, IFS Therapist

For more information,

please contact Susan Wesnoski.


Jacquelyn Cohen, LCSW, BCD &

Carol Moog, PhD

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Developing Our Uninhibited Curiosity

For more information, please contact Jackie.


Jane Shure, PhD, LCSW &

Beth Weinstock, PhD

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Strengthen the Voice of Your Inner Coach

For more information, please contact Jane.


Polly Hill O'Keefe, LCSW &

Karen L. Smith, MSS, LCSW

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - The Life of Pi: An Illustration of Melanie Klein's Seminal Concepts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - The Life of Pi: An Illustration of Melanie Klein's Seminal Concepts

November 26, 2014 - April 2015 - Clinical Study & Supervision Group Introducting Melanie Klein (You must be a PSCSW member in good standing to participate in this group.)

For more information, please contact Polly.


Adam Guss, MSS, LCSW

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - The Use of Active Symbolism in Anger Reduction

For more information, please contact Adam.


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