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Why you'll love this course

Instructors Dana Stone and Jessica ChenFeng are open and transparent about their own journeys -- and passionate about making sure that others coming into the field know that they are valued for all they bring.

Course description

Becoming a therapist involves learning the knowledge and skills of the field, and then integrating those into your personhood to establish a truly therapeutic presence. In this course, aspects of identity such as race, religion, gender, beliefs, and values are explored for their impact on the development of therapist confidence and competence. Using research on therapist supervision and training, supportive suggestions are offered for ways that every early career therapist can access their voice with peers, faculty, supervisors, and clients.

2 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least three core values and hopes, including the impacts of these core values and hopes on clinical practice

  • Describe at least three common experiences of early career therapists

  • Create a support plan for building meaningful work relationships and developing a professional identity in support of clinical effectiveness

Course outline

1. Foundational content

i. Our own stories

ii. Critical consciousness

2. Research and Literature

i. Negative experiences

ii. Constructive experiences

3. Relational Connections

i. Personal

ii. Professional and Clinical

iii. Supervisory

4. Establishing a Supportive Context 


Dana Stone, PhD, LMFT and Jessica ChenFeng, PhD, LMFT

Dana Stone, PhD, LMFT is an Associate Professor at California State University Northridge. Jessica ChenFeng, PhD, LMFT is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Physician Vitality at Loma Linda University. Each has been involved in therapist teaching and training for several years. In 2019 they coauthored Finding Your Voice as an Early Career Marriage and Family Therapist.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 143 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice; Research

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course presumes fundamental professional knowledge as taught in graduate degree programs and focuses on the intersections between that knowledge and elements of identity.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Enrollment Period:

90 days

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: December 11, 2019 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

This course is not part of our APA-approved continuing education program for psychologists at this time.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.