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Turbulent Times: Inside and Outside the Consulting Room

  • 16 Mar 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • The Inn at Swarthmore

Date: Saturday March 16, 2019 

Time: 9:00 am-12:30 

Location: The Inn at Swarthmore 

CE Credits: 3   

Workshop Description: 

During times of national crisis, Lincoln and FDR used the presidency to unite the country, inspire hope and reassure a fearful nation.  In contrast, today's politics seeks to instill fear, not contain it.  We are barraged by twenty-four hours of breaking news and tweets, so-called "alternative facts," and insults that foster division and polarization.  Reliance on the norms and rules to which we have grown accustomed can no longer be taken for granted. 


The first part of this program will address the consequences of living and practicing under the impact of the toxic stress from the political climate, both on our health and in our work as clinicians. We will discuss how the politics of fear, hate and polarization play out in the consulting room.  The second part of this program will address clinical work in the community.  The panel members will discuss their advocacy work both in the local community and beyond



Cindy Baum-Baicker, PhD -  "The Toxic Stress Consequences of the Current Political Climate: Not Fake News."

Barbara L. Goldsmith, PsyD  "The Politics of Polarization and Hate and the Illusion of the Therapist's Freedom from Impingements. 



Rebecca Ergas, PhD -Asylum work at the border

Julie Mayer, PsyD  - Social justice podcast “shrinks on third

Renee Roy, MA  “The Psychology Students for Social Responsibility"


Program Moderator:

Dennis Debiak, PsyD


A continental breakfast will be served.


Program fees: 

Regular fee is $75 (no early or late registration)

Members of PSCP, PSPP & IGCP Faculty: $60

Student fee: $10

Registration: (and full program details) @ PSCP website*:

Note: *PSCP: The Psychology Network is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PSCP: The Psychology Network maintains responsibility for this program and its contents 

Sponsored by: 

PSCP: The Psychology Network (PSCP) 

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE)

The Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener (IGCP)

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