January 26, 2022 | 10:00am - 11:00am (Pacific)

1.5 Hours | 1.5 CEs

This live webinar on Counseling and Chronic Illness: An Overview is presented by Cristen Wathen, PhD

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for support for emotional well-being related to specific chronic health issues has been highlighted. This free webinar will focus on the need for and value of culturally competent counseling resources for those with chronic illnesses. Chronic Illness processes significantly impact the physical, emotional, spiritual, and interpersonal aspects of one's life and of the lives of their caregivers. The lack of solid mental health support systems for patients and the paucity of training in this area for therapists is disproportionate to the number of individuals and family systems experiencing chronic illness and all that comes along with differing diagnoses. Please join us for an overview of research, resources, and interventions in working with this population.

Presented By

Cristen Wathen, PhD

Dr. Cristen Wathen is an Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University. She has a background in working with survivors of trauma and child sexual abuse. She also has experience counseling and advising college students and working with underserved populations in educational settings. Currently, her research interests center around mental wellness needs for those with chronic illnesses, organ transplantation, and genetic disease in family systems. Cristen earned her master's degree from Baylor University and her doctoral degree from Idaho State University. Before joining PAU, she was an Assistant Professor at Montana State University for four years. She has served as the RMACES president and as ACES secretary in her professional service. She is a licensed counselor in Montana and in Idaho and will soon be transferring her license to California.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe research about the need for mental health support and resources that can be utilized for clients diagnosed with chronic illness

  • Describe research about the specific modalities, skills, and contexts needed for counseling those with chronic illnesses

  • Describe research regarding health disparities and resources for how to incorporate culturally competent counseling with chronically ill clients

Live Event Policy

  • Event Communications

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  • Cancellation Policy

    Have a sudden change of plans and are unable to attend live? No worries, you will be given access to the on-demand version of the program once available.

  • Event Conduct

    Please conduct yourself in a professional manner throughout the event. Our goal is to make this as interactive an experience as possible for all who attend. We reserve the right to remove any participants who are disruptive or who act unprofessionally.

  • Intended Audience

    This live webinar is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This live webinar is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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