Mental health professionals have been inundated with cries for help from clients and vulnerable populations as new policies and programs are being discussed and implemented at the government level. From immigrants to victims of trauma to those who serve them, the current socio-political atmosphere has triggered distress, anxiety, and fear about what the future holds for individuals and families. This evidence-based workshop will provide clinicians with tools and strategies to address the individual needs of clients and their families affected by the current sociopolitical climate. Participants take away strategies that help clinicians analyze the multiple levels of distress experienced by their clients and address their anxiety and fears effectively. Topics include issues related to immigration, trauma, potential loss of health care, and incidents of racism and prejudice. Attention will be given to managing deeply divided perspectives and daily triggers in news and social media as they emerge in workplace and clinical encounters. Through case examples, videos and role play, participants will learn to create a safe and inclusive space for affected clients and enhance specific language, reflective listening skills, and dialogue across differences that support cultural sensitivities and individual needs. Therapists will also get an opportunity to address their own concerns about the current socio-political climate and how this may affect transference and countertransference in the therapeutic relationship. Social justice advocacy and the ethical obligations of therapists to foster well-being in society at large will also be discussed.
Course OutlineThis workshop will provide therapists with tools and strategies to address the individual needs of clients and and their families affected by the current sociopolitical climate.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics : Electives