Friday, April 7
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom
Ruth S. Harley University Center
Tagged: Continuing Education, Garden City, School of Social Work

Abandonment Trauma and Recovery Techniques

Continuing Education, Event, Garden City Event, Social Work CE, Workshop

With Susan Anderson

6 CE and 6 NYS OASAS clock hours
Cost of Workshop:

Of all human fears abandonment is the most primal,” says Susan Anderson, a psychotherapist who has worked with the victims of abandonment trauma and its aftermath of self sabotaging patterns for more than 30 years. “Left unresolved, this deep personal wound can linger beneath the surface where it undermines self-esteem and interferes in our relationships from within.

This experiential training seminar explores the impact of abandonment trauma on children and adults. We examine how the abandonment grief process differs from other forms of bereavement and loss, and how unresolved abandonment trauma can interfere in adult functioning, most notably, in the ability to form primary relationships. We explore key features of post traumatic stress disorder of abandonment and how they differ from those of borderline personality disorder. We practice using Akeru, a program of recovery techniques for ameliorating core emotions stemming from abandonment wounds past and present which tend to accumulate as life progresses through its stages, and for overcoming abandonment’s post traumatic patterns of self sabotage. We use the methods of didactic presentation, experiential training, and intensive group sharing process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To describe how abandonment grief differs from traditional forms of bereavement and loss. 
  2. To distinguish symptoms of PTSD from that of Borderline Personality Disorder and primal abandonment fear.
  3. To assess the impact of abandonment on adult functioning (i.e. the ability to form primary relationships, achieve long range goals, resist immediate gratification, struggle with patterns of self-sabotage, or evince self-esteem, etc).
  4. To demonstrate techniques specific to abandonment trauma.
  5. To practice Akeru, a program of recovery techniques. 

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susan-andersonAbout the Workshop Leader

Susan Anderson has specialized in overcoming abandonment trauma and it’s aftermath of self-sabotaging patterns for more than thirty years of clinical experience.  Founder of the abandonment recovery movement, she is author of The Journey from Abandonment to HealingThe Abandonment Recovery WorkbookTaming your Outer Child, and Black Swan: 12 Lessons of Abandonment Recovery.  For more info on her work, visit and


Continuing Education Credit

  • Social workers: Adelphi University 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 #0032.
  • Psychologists: Adelphi University School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.The School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.
  • CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for earning or re-credentialing for CASAC.

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEUs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact Araceli Palacios at 516.877.4343 to request such accommodations.

For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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Tagged: Continuing Education, Garden City, School of Social Work
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