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Fresno District Meeting

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014
  • 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Fresno Pacific University-Steinert Campus Center


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California Society for Clinical Social Work

Fresno District


Anne Petrovich PhD, LCSW & Thomas W. Shaffer, PhD, ABPP

“Therapist Existential Life Challenges and Their Impact on the Therapeutic Process” 

When:    Saturday, April 26, 2014 

                    Registration and socializing begin at 9:15 a.m.     

Continental breakfast and business start at 9:30 a.m. with presentation to follow.

Where:    NEW LOCATION:  Fresno Pacific University, Steinert Campus Center, Pioneer/Johanson Conference Room 122 

                   Fresno Pacific University is located at 1717 S. Chestnut Street. Travelling south on Chestnut, cross Butler, take a left on Hamilton Avenue and left into Hamilton parking lot. No permit is needed. From there, Steinert Campus Center is directly north, abutting the parking lot."

Cost:        CSCSW members can earn 1.5 CE credits at no cost. Non-member LCSWs and LMFTs may earn 1.5 CE credits for a nominal fee of $15. Free to audit.

Everyone is welcome. We especially encourage MSW students to attend. For more information, contact Gabriele Case gh.caselcsw@gmail.com. RSVP is not required.


Clinicians are subject to the same core existential life challenges as are our clients.  Clinicians may be faced with serious medical conditions; we are all mortal; we all struggle with the loss of people deeply important to us.  In this joint presentation, facilitated by a moderator, two therapists who have faced significant medical and family crises in the past several years will reflect on the impact of these personal crises on their practice of psychotherapy. They will specifically discuss their experiences of personal and professional change, altered concepts of the therapeutic relationship, and decisions regarding self-care, self-disclosure, and values clarification.

Goals and Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to
1.  Describe the physical and psychological challenges related to a therapist’s personal crisis.

2.  Describe challenges to the therapist-client relationship, including issues of self-disclosure, projection, anxieties and disruptions, and authenticity.

3. Learn techniques for self-care, consultation, and pragmatic management of disruptions.
About the Presenters:

Anne Petrovich, PhD, LCSW, is both a licensed psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker.  She is Emeritus Professor in the Social Work Education Department, CSU Fresno, where she has taught clinical courses for over 12 years and where, in 2011, she was the recipient of the Provost’s award for excellence in teaching.  She has worked in numerous psychiatric, school, hospital and community settings since 1965, and maintains an active private practice in Fresno.  She is also the co-author of “Strengthening the DSM” Springer Publishing Company. CLICK HERE to get her book on Amazon.

Dr. Thomas W. Shaffer is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice. Dr. Shaffer attended the California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno and received his MS in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1978. He has been involved with Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss for approximately 20 years and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member.

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5hrs of CE credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs as required by the CA BBS. PCE #1

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