Clients come to our offices carrying a variety of burdens. The role of the competent psychologist and licensed mental health professional is to assist them in navigating those issues. In a highly politically charged climate, how do clinicians see political differences in their clients, and how do they respond to those differences in a way that honors diversity, even when it is difficult? In recent years, clinicians have had to lean into politically charged issues like a complex political season, responses to a global pandemic, and civil unrest related to racial injustice. Workshop attendees will learn to engage with their clients’ “politically diverse” views and in productive and therapeutic discussions on politically charged topics.
722 | Maintaining an Ethical Posture with Politically-charged Topics
Andrew Graham, Ph.D.
Approved For CE
Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors
Approved For CME/CEU
1. Articulate how political beliefs (of clinicians and their clients) impact functioning
2. Describe how political beliefs may impact professional ethics
3. Identify a model for therapeutic engagement with politically charged issues that may arise in counseling sessions
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