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Politics in the Therapy Room

  • September 11, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • After you register, you will be given a Zoom ID to attend the event


Politics in the Therapy Room

September 11, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Live Webinar


Currently, there is an urgent need to better understand and navigate politics in clinical work. Political ideology divides the United States and that divide has made its way into the therapy room. Clinical training has not adequately prepared therapists for managing situations in which they may experience a strong response to clients’ political identity, beliefs, and feelings. This workshop will explore issues related to and offer tools for navigating politics in clinical settings. The workshop will include a review of the current unique political context and psychotherapy findings on effective therapeutic relationships and applications to this context. In addition, we will provide a framework, drawing from clinical experience and research, for how to negotiate the clinician’s personal feelings and those of the client in order to maintain a productive therapeutic relationship. We will address the upcoming presidential election, the COVID pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and civic unrest and the federal response to them. We will also discuss the impact of telehealth and ethical considerations on addressing this material in session. Experiential exercises will be used to enhance personal reflection and to practice potentially challenging situations. 

Speaker and Panel Participants

Patricia T. Spangler, Ph.D.  Research Psychologist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Barbara J. Thompson, PhD. Adjunct Faculty Lehigh University, Lecturer Loyola Marymount University, Private practice psychotherapist

Barbara L. Vivino, PhD. Private practice psychotherapist with previous academic appointments at California Institute of Integral Studies, University of California, Berkeley, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, University of California, San Diego

After you register you will be given a zoom ID to attend the event.

CPA is co-sponsoring this event with the Monterey Bay Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 3.0 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits. is designed for educational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical or psychological care. If you require medical or psychological services, please consult a qualified professional in your area.

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