Fall Workshop Series: Clinical Work with Challenged Families

With Judith Siegel, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work

Presented by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning

November 5th, 12th, and 19th
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
NYU Silver School of Social Work
New York, NY 10013

To register, click here: http://www.nyu.edu/socialwork/continuing.education/2013-fall-workshop-registration.html


ABOUT THE SERIES: This dynamic series of lectures and discussions will concentrate on the intricacies of daily life and coping strategies that families and parents wrestle with as they confront serious life challenges. In an era of economic turmoil and increased diagnosis of mental health disorders, families are often overwhelmed. Case presentations will allow the audience to engage in critical thinking, assessment of issues and examination of alternative approaches and interventions. Participants will be encouraged to submit cases to a selection pool for discussion. Three (3) Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from NASW will be offered for each workshop.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Social workers in clinical settings who deal with individual family members who are affected by a challenge.This workshop may be of particular interest to social workers who work with children and parents.

ABOUT DR. SIEGEL: Judith Siegel has been a faculty member of the Silver School of Social Work at NYU since 1989 and is Co-Director of the Post Masters Certificate Program in Child and Family Therapy. Dr. Siegel’s most recent book is Stop Overreacting (2010; New Harbinger). In addition to her scholarship in the areas of intimacy and family relationships, Dr. Siegel has published in the area of neuroscience research and emotion with recent articles appearing in Family Process, Trauma, Violence and Abuse, and Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. Dr. Siegel has presented her work throughout the U.S. and abroad.





Social workers are frequently called upon to help families cope with unanticipated stress.These challenges can result from the mental health status of one family member, or family well-being following an unanticipated change in social circumstance. In the face of these situations, some families find ways to pull together while others become overwhelmed and conflict-ridden.This workshop will focus on systemic responses, parenting dynamics and emotional regulation to assess and help families undergoing severe stress. Participants will develop skill in assessing relational dynamics, and selecting interventions that can help all family members strengthen relationships and resilience.

Workshop 1 is a pre-requisite for Workshops 2 and 3.



Although a mental health diagnosis is based on the individual, there are serious consequences to family well being that few families are prepared to manage.This workshop will focus on diagnosis of ADD and the Spectrum Disorders, two diagnostic categories that have become widespread in recent years. Participants will consider situations where a parent is diagnosed as well as situations where the identified patient is a child.The impact on parenting, sibling relationships and the marriage will be highlighted.



In an era of economic turbulence and high divorce rates, many families find themselves overwhelmed by unanticipated changes. Job loss, relocation, incarceration and unexpected demand for divorce can disrupt parenting and relational ties for all family members. This workshop will examine the changes that occur in response to unanticipated social challenges, and ways to help family members regain equilibrium.


This is a half-day event and will include breakfast.