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Existing GWSCSW Study Groups:

Clinical Society Senior Seminar

Focus is educational and collegial support

We have openings in a N.W. D.C group and No Va group

Grace Lebow, contact person  gracelebow@comcast.net

Dissociative Disorders Study Group

The Dissociative Disorders Study Group is a clinical consultation group that focuses on the application of various clinical approaches in the current psychotherapy of trauma survivors.  We also believe that dissociation is a common feature of many clinical presentations, that it is seriously under-recognized by the general clinical community, and that there is great benefit in meeting together with other professionals with a similar understanding or interest.

This discussion group was originated back in the 1980's by Frank Putnam, MD, who wrote "Diagnosis and Treatment of MPD".  That remains a basic text, but our focus has also broadened over the years to include the full spectrum of trauma sequelae, particularly the importance of shame as a core issue for so many of our clients.  In addition to the explicitly dissociative individuals identified by DSM dissociative criteria (amnesia, fugue,depersonalization, DID, and DDNOS), we discuss dissociative phenomena occurring in other diagnostic categories, such as eating disorders, rage episodes, depression, and sexual and relational problems.

We're a small group of therapists, ranging from some with years of practice with dissociative clients to some recognizing a need to know more about this dimension of our field.  We meet the first Friday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30, in Rockville, MD.  2 hours of category II CEU's are earned for each meeting.

We would welcome inquiries from any interested professional.  For more information, contact Dana Willcox, LCSW-C, at: danawillcoxlcswc@verizon.net,  or at phone number: 301-216-0930


Register Your Study Group with GWSCSW for CEUs

Study Groups promote ongoing social work education, collaboration, peer leadership, and the exploration of a wide range of clinical interests. The GWSCSW Continuing Education Committee has developed procedures to make it possible for GWSCSW members in Study Groups to be granted Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

A study group can be a wonderful resource for Society members, since no fee is charged for participation and members themselves can establish the size, time, place, frequency, content and learning objectives of the group. Generally these groups are led by peers, though they may be leader-led. Group discussion may utilize resources such as books, articles, films, case examples, or even call upon relevant outside expertise.

The chair of the Continuing Education Committee and the Vice President of Education are available for consultation if needed.

Each study group should select a coordinator to record attendance and document educational content for each session.

Complete the following information about your Study Group

  • Learning objectives
  • Education content, including a bibliography
  • List of participants
  • List of attendees for each meeting
  • Evaluation forms from each attendee at the end of the academic year
  • A check for $25 per person, payable to GWSCSW.

Submit All Materials

Please submit all materials to Steve Weschler, Director of Education.

The appropriate number of Category2 CEUs will be awarded to each Study Group member.


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