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Dealing with Holiday Stress: “This is for Fun?” (During Quarantine?!)

While individuals, families, and especially society and the media promote holiday celebrations as joyous often family focused events, they can create extraordinary stress for a multitude of reasons. Some reasons are practical, others are tied to expectations (reasonable and unreasonable), and others still have deeply (and sometimes, problematic) symbolism. Some circumstances, experiences, or memories can be stressful, triggering, and even traumatic depending on individual development. Who and what may be triggering will be discussed, along with direction to modulate potential issues. Holiday stress will be related to other stresses that are often the focus of therapy, along with principles and strategies to empower individuals through it and heal and grow. Celebrations and holidays often have ethnic, racial, historical, and cultural foundations that may or may not be lost or emphasized. Conflict between more traditional and more derivative (including commercialized) customs and expectations will be considered that reflect the diversity of celebrations and celebrants.

Seductions and Arrogance: Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities That Lead to Legal and Ethical Violations

This seminar will use case vignettes derived from published cases of BSE and Psychology Board disciplinary actions, CAMFT Therapist journal articles, and from experiences of the presenter (including his participation on the Ethics Board of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists- CAMFT) to examine Legal and Ethical issues and boundaries, the client behaviors, issues, seductions, and circumstances; the presenting issues and configurations in therapy; and the personal issues and vulnerabilities of therapists that combine to increase the probability of legal and ethical violations in therapy. In the small group format of the seminar, participants will be encouraged to interact and offer their own experiences, both for consultation and for enhancing the breadth and depth of the seminar’s goal to help therapists be more clear and secure dealing with legal and ethical issues as they practice.

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