NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027. This workshop has been approved.
Combating Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder & More:
Harnessing the Power of Science to Heal Our Clients Quickly & Safely
NASW-NYC Chapter office, 50 Broadway 1001, New York, NY 10004.
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 10am-5pm
Recent studies, including a ground-breaking meta-analyses based on data suppressed by the pharmaceutical industry and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, have called into question the efficacy of many pharmacological treatments for mental illnesses, revealing, for example, that antidepressants are generally no more effective than placebo (while carrying risks for serious harm as well as other more mundane but troublesome side effects). For many years, addictions professionals have been concerned about the harm caused to our clients by the cavalier prescription of anti-anxiety medications that have the potential to become habit forming and often create more problems than they solve.
At the same time, recent scientific research about the brain has generated new, effective, empirically-tested treatments for a broad range of mental health maladies, including anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, borderline personality disorder, ADD, bulimia, insomnia and OCD, among others. Evidence-based treatments such as bright light therapy, exercise, sleep hygiene and targeted nutritional interventions generally have few adverse side effects and a moderate to low financial cost, and can be used either in conjunction with, or independent of, other therapeutic and pharmacological approaches.
This workshop introduces social workers to over a dozen practical and powerful interventions, all of which are anchored in years if not decades of solid scientific research, but, lacking the financial backing of “Big Pharma,” have regrettably been overlooked in much of our profession.
A seasoned psychotherapist and practice building consultant with offices in the Financial District and Midwood Brooklyn, Lynne Spevack LCSW happily maintains a full-time practice – free from the intrusion of managed care – for over twenty years. Lynne is a member of the NASW-NYS Managed Care Task Force and the founder and Chairperson of the 800 member Private Practitioners Group, a committee of the NYC Chapter of
NASW that focuses on the pragmatic business considerations of establishing and maintaining a social work private practice. With over 29 years of clinical experience, Lynne is a “therapist’s therapist,” providing psychotherapy for clinician-colleagues; her other specialties include cognitive behavioral therapy, couples counseling, and effective and scientifically supported non-medication treatments for depression and anxiety.