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Greater Sacramento/ Davis District Meeting

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friends Meeting House 890 57th Street, Sacramento 95819


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California Society for Clinical Social Work

 Greater Sacramento/ Davis District



"The Highly Sensitive Person"


When:         Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Where:        Friends Meeting House

                         890 57th Street, Sacramento 95819

Cost:            CSCSW members can earn 2 CE credits at no cost. Non-member LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs may earn 2.0 CE credits for a nominal fee of $20. Free to audit. PCE#1.


When people hear the term “highly sensitive”, they tend to think it refers only to emotional sensitivity.  In actuality it refers to so much more.  Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychologist in CA, began doing research on sensory integration sensitivity, the psychological term for the highly sensitive trait, in 1991.This presentation is based on her findings that high sensitivity goes beyond emotions and can include our other senses: sight, hearing, physical sensations, smell and taste.  This trait also impinges on other areas as well including social and a category she calls novelty.

Since HSPs tend to feel intensely and process deeply, they may be overrepresented in therapeutic services and so it becomes even more important for therapists to recognize this trait in people that they serve. It is hoped that this presentation will help therapists in attendance learn to identify HSPs in their work with clients and gain some tools to assist HSPs to manage this sensory processing sensitivity trait and live more contented, satisfying lives.

About the Presenter:

Ms. Hirsch works with a variety of issues, but has three areas of specialization.  She works with the Highly Sensitive Person (or HSP), she also works with people who have experienced trauma, often using a form of therapy called EMDR.  And her third area of focus is working with couples.  For more information on Sheila Hirsch, you can visit her website here.

Learning Objectives:

1) participants will learn 3 diagnostic criteria to identify clients who are highly sensitive

2) participants will identify 5 number of specific social, behavioral or psychological problems this trait can present in a client's functioning

3) participants will lean specific treatment interventions, including psycho-educational and supportive, to be helpful to clients with HSP

This course meets the qualifications for 2.0hrs of CE credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs as required by the CA BBS. PCE #1

Everyone is welcome. We especially encourage MSW students to attend. For more information, contact Nathan Stuckey, ASW  Nstuckey13@gmail.com.

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