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🎧 Marin CAMFT Friday CE Series: "Political Stress Syndrome:" How Political Change Can Affect Mental Health, with Elece Hempel

  • Fri, October 09, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Advance Registration REQUIRED for this online event


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Regardless of our beliefs or where we fall on the political spectrum, uncertainty and transitions in political power may cause stress, anxiety, even trauma for both clients and clinicians.

This will be a lively conversation about how to address transitions of power, the rapid speed of change, and anxiety about the political environment and the future. "Political Stress Syndrome" doesn’t appear in any clinical manual, but it is real. Hempel is not a therapist but sees daily how Political Stress Syndrome is impacting clients in Petaluma People's Services Clinic, as in our entire nation.

Changes in both individual and community mental health have been shown to be affected by political turmoil and major societal and economic fluctuations. We may worry about the future of our world, country, state, county, city, and schools. During election seasons, psychotherapy clients may seek additional help from therapists in self-care.

Learning Objectives

1)  Define Political Stress Syndrome
2)  Learn how to identify triggers for Political Stress Syndrome
3)  Identify how political uncertainty may be impacting both clients and clinicians
4)  Get tips on how to manage Political Stress Syndrome
  • Know thyself
  • Take a digital detox
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Get involved
    5)  Address inequities in policies, lack of civility in political discourse, and beliefs and feelings that the political class cares less and less about its constituents

    Two CE units will be awarded for attendance at this event.


    Elece Hempel, Executive Director of Petaluma People Services, and an elected official herself, will share how political uncertainty can be stressful, even traumatic, regardless of our beliefs or where we might fall on the political spectrum.

    Elece is also the elected President of the Petaluma Health Care District Board, a past president of the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, and also sits on many other county and local boards. As a leader of a multi-service agency, she has experience working with behavioral health, youth services, housing, homelessness, senior services, food and nutrition, and employment services. She has received numerous awards for her service to the community, including Trustee of the Year and California Woman of the Year.

    Elece Hempel, 707-765-8488

    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be video recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your name and a video of you in attendance. In addition, an audio recording of this event will be posted on the Marin CAMFT website's events library, and available to members for review and downloading. By registering for this event you are consenting to be recorded and are aware that the recording may be accessed by Marin CAMFT members. If you ask questions or make comments during this event, be aware that your question, name, and/or voice may be contained in this recording.his event will be recorded.

    • Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
    • Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.
    • Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.
    • Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series and about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director, Pat Saunders.
    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 
    • Refund Policy: Refunds are not offered for our Friday CE programs, which are free to Marin CAMFT members and $10 for non members. Please email the CE Director with any questions.
    • Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course.
    • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.
    • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.
    • CE: This workshop meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents contact Pat SaundersCE Director for more information.

    Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

    PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

    (415) 459 3484

    Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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