Friday, March 17, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Henry A. Wallace Center at FDR Library
4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Abandonment Trauma and Recovery Techniques

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 provide an overview of abandonment trauma and recovery techniques.
  2. To explore abandonment syndrome, primal abandonment fear, the psycho biology of emotional conditioning, separation trauma, the distinction between the symptoms of PTSD of Abandonment and Borderline Personality Disorder, 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).
  3. To create an experiential laboratory in which techniques specific to abandonment trauma recovery can be practiced in a safe space. 
  4. As a facilitator I work toward increasing group intimacy so that significant personal sharing of responses to the abandonment issue can occur. 

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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


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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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 hours. 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 CEs; “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.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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