Living Memories Project Conference


  • Living Memories Project Conference

    JASA, Mid-Island Y JCC, and the Zelda Foster Studies in Palliative and End-of-Life Care of the NYU Silver School of Social Work are pleased to offer:

    The 3rd Annual Living Memories Project Conference:
    New Trends and Clinical Interventions in Grief and Bereavement Counseling

    Friday, January 25, 2019 8:30am-1:45pm
    Mid-Island Y JCC
    45 Manetto Hill Road
    Plainview, NY 11803
    4 CE Contact Hours Available
    Snow Date: February 1, 2019
    $40.00 in advance by Jan. 22, 2019
    $50.00 at the door
    $35.00 for 4 CE Contact Hours (additional fee)

    Full-time Students: $15 (Please bring your student ID)

    For more information contact Lori Hardoon at or 347.547.7127

    8:30am- 9:00am Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors

    9:00am-9:30am Welcome Remarks
    • Lori Hardoon, LCSW, JASA Partners In Dignity, Director
    • Alan Cohen, MPA, JASA's Chief Health Program Officer
    • Rick Lewis, Mid-Island Y JCC's Chief Executive Officer

    9:30am-11:00am Keynote: 
    Dr. Susan Gerbino
    Working With People in the Midst of Grief: Sustaining Our Personal Selves

    Dr. Susan Gerbino, Clinical Professor at NY U Silver School of Social Work, directs the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC), which includes training and mentoring across the career trajectory from MSW students to advanced PELC professionals. She has worked in PELC for 40 years and has a private practice working with people with life-limiting illnesses and the bereaved. Dr. Gerbino received the 2014 Career Achievement Award from the Project on Death in America and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award from the NY U Silver School of Social Work, and the 2015 Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society and the Association of Oncology Social Work.

    Keynote Overview
    For clinicians working with people who are bereaved, the question of how to manage our own feelings is central. Much of the literature focuses on the difficult consequences of the work – burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. While those are crucial and important, this keynote asks you to consider the work from a different vantage point – that of vicarious resilience and post-traumatic growth. Examples from practice and life will be shared.
    11:00am-11:30am Break with Exhibitors

    11:45am-1:15pm Concurrent Sessions
    Five breakout sessions will run concurrently during this time slot

    1. Traumatic Loss: Challenges Suicide and Drug Death Mourners Face and What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know
    The purpose of this presentation is to increase the knowledge base of clinical social workers and other related mental health professionals. The session will introduce various themes associated with suicide and drug overdose bereavement, including the impact of societal stigma and disenfranchised grief.

    • Beverly Feigelman, LCSW, currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice and co-facilitates a monthly support group, Long Island Survivors of Suicide (LISOS) for survivors of suicide loss. She is also co-author of several articles on social work education, suicide and drug overdose bereavement.
    • William Feigelman, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Nassau Community College where he taught for 50 years. He is an author and co-author of seven books and more than 70 journal articles on a wide variety of social science subjects, member of the American Association of Suicidology, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

    2. A Child's Journey Through the Grieving Process
    This workshop will provide participants with valuable information needed when working with children who are grieving the loss of a loved one, from general expressions of grief throughout the developmental stages to psychological factors associated with complicated grief due to traumatic loss.

    • Carolyn Lisi-Haas, LCSW-R, Bereavement Specialist, Good Shepherd Hospice
    • Diane McNamara, LCSW-R, Bereavement Specialist, Good Shepherd Hospice

    3. "Stand Like a Mountain, Flow Like Water": Mindfulness As a Self-Care Tool
    Being a professional care provider to people who are dealing with grief/loss can cause extraordinary stress and possibly vicarious trauma. Professionals might respond with unbearable sorrow or even numbness. The session will offer one path through mindfulness practices to cultivate our capacity to stand secure and rounded like a mountain and flow like water. It is suitable for all disciplines and professionals providing grief and bereavement therapy.

    • Lori Hardoon, LCSW, JASA Partners in Dignity, Director 
    • Judith Pollack, LCSW, Private Practitioner, former JASA Partners In Dignity, Clinical Coordinator 

    4. Why a Group? Group Therapy and the Bereavement Process
    Many who are bereaved seek clinical support during this difficult time in their lives. Grievers often question “why a group?” or “am I right for a group?” Clinicians also struggle with these questions for their clients as well as how to best develop and facilitate groups. Participants in this workshop will learn about group therapy and its significant place in the bereavement process. This workshop will review the literature on group therapy as well as discuss types of bereavement groups, who is appropriate for groups and who is not, and how groups are organized and facilitated. Assessment tools and therapeutic techniques will be illustrated using the model of a spousal/partner loss bereavement group.

    • Gillian Rittmaster, LCSW, Coordinator of Pathways to Care program, and Westchester Jewish Community Services

    5. Grief Support for LGBTQ Individuals and Their Families

    • Walter Fendrich, LCSW-R, ACHP-SW, Bereavement Coordinator of Hospice of New York

    1:30pm-1:45pm Distribution of CE Contact Hours and Collection of Evaluations

    Continuing Education Contact Hours
    Social Work
    • New York University Silver School of Social Work 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 {#SW-0012}.
    • NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16-11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 4 continuing education contact hours.

    Mental Health
    New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of  continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083} 

    For Mental Health Practitioners
    : Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.  

    Price for Members:
    Fees (select all that apply)
    Professionals: $40
    Full-time Students: $15
    Fee for 4 CE Contact Hours: $35
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