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$90 for the day. Includes: breakfast, box lunch (kosher meals are available) and materials. 25% discount for Silver School of Social Work Alumni and Field Instructors 7 CEUs will be awarded for the day. Name: Phone: Email: Degree Earned: Title: Agency Name:

NYU

Silver School of Social Work
DIVISION OF LIFELONG LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Silver

Exploring the Role of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practice

NYU alumni Year of graduation: Choose your workshop: A. Life Cycle: Loss, Divorce, Infertility, Parenting, Adoption, Aging B. End of Life and Bereavement C. Mental Illness , Substance abuse, Homelessness D. Illness: HIV, Cancer E. Trauma and Violence: Domestic Violence, Abuse, Victimization, PTSD Please mail this form along with payment to: NYU Silver School of Social Work Division of Lifelong Learning and Professional Development 1 Washington Square North Rm. 205 New York, NY 10003 Attn: Priany Hadiatmodjo Or fax this form to: 212.995.4172 and mail payment to address above. Co-sponsored by: For more information on this series and other continuing education programs contact: Eileen Wolkstein, PhD, Director t: 212.998.9099 e: eileen.wolkstein@nyu.edu Priany Hadiatmodjo, Program Coordinator t: 212.998.5963 e: priany@nyu.edu

Photo: Bill Glasofer

One Day Conference

Wednesday, June 4
9:00am - 5:00pm
NYU Kimmel Center for Student Life 60 Washington Square South New York, NY

www.socialwork.nyu.edu/spirituality
New York University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.

Exploring the Role of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practice
The mental health profession has traditionally focused on evaluating individuals from a bio-psycho-social perspective. Limited attention has been paid to the influential role that spiritual and/or religious beliefs play in a person’s development, and in the healing process in general. As a result, social workers and other mental health professionals often do not feel comfortable addressing the client’s spiritual and/or religious perspective during times of transition and crisis. The conference will examine this topic through research, theory, and implications for practice. There will be a focus on assessment tools and therapeutic strategies as applied to issues such as: end of life and bereavement; violence; addiction; mental illness; life transitions including divorce, parenting, adoption; trauma and other significant life experiences.

agenda 9:00 9:25 9:30 10:15 10:55 11:15 11:30 registration Coffee, light fare welcome address Eileen Wolkstein, PhD matters of the spirit: religiosity, spirituality and mental health
Jaqueline Mattis, PhD

relationship between spirituality, religion and social work
Jeffrey Seinfeld, MSW, PhD

presentations
matters of the spirit: religiosity, spirituality and mental health This presentation will explore the meanings of religiosity and spirituality. We also will examine the concrete ways in which religiosity and spirituality can be addressed in clinical practice (e.g., with survivors of interpersonal/intimate violence). Speaker: Jaqueline Mattis, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology; Department
Chair, NYU Steinhardt. Her work focuses on the role of religiosity and spirituality in the lives of African American adults.

q & a and discussion break integrating spiritual resources into social work: practice, possibilities, pitfalls
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW

12:15 1:30 2:15

lunch Box lunch will be provided. (Option to return at 1:10 for a self
care experience.)

relationship between spirituality, religion and social work This presentation will address the overall history of this relationship, including the resistances and emerging recognition and acceptance as relevant to social work practice and effective strategies and approaches to discussing religious and spiritual services. Speaker: Jeffrey Seinfeld, MSW, PhD, Professor of Social Work, Silver School of Social
Work at NYU. His professional areas of interest include Object Relations Theory, Social Philosophy, and Existential Philosophy. His background includes training in Zen Buddhism, Chinese Kung Fu, Taoism, Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung.

spiritual intake assessment
Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein, LMSW

workshops
Addressing Spirituality in Social Work Practice Each participant to choose one workshop: A. Life Cycle: Loss, Divorce, Infertility, Parenting, Adoption, Aging Leaders: Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW and Jeffrey Seinfeld, PhD B. End of Life and Bereavement Leaders: Susan Gerbino, PhD and Stephanie Dickstein, LMSW C. Mental Illness , Substance Abuse, Homelessness Leader: Evan Senreich, CSW, ACSW, CASAC D. Illness: HIV, Cancer Leader: Ralph DiPaolo, PhD, LCSW E. Trauma and Violence: Domestic violence, Abuse, Victimization, PTSD Leaders: Jaqueline Mattis, PhD and Anthony Nicoterra, JD, LCSW

integrating spiritual resources into social work: practice, possibilities, pitfalls Clients of the JBFCS New York Jewish Healing Center will join Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, Rabbinic Director, National Center for Jewish Healing/JBFCS in a panel discussion exploring the uses of stories, wise sayings, ritual, chanting, and more in groupwork, with attention to the potentials and challenges presented by these resources. spiritual intake assessment An introduction to spiritual screening and assessment as a resource for social workers, this session will offer an overview of some of the different formal and informal tools which can be used in exploring the role of spirituality and religious practice for the client. Examples will be presented on how engaging in this process can be helpful in understanding what is meaningful in the client’s life over time and what may be supportive, or stressful in the present situation. Speaker: Stephanie Dickstein, LMSW, Rabbi and Spiritual Care Coordinator, Shira
Ruskay Center/JBFCS

4:30

summary and final q & a


				
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