Why you'll love this course

Most therapists don't "clock out" at the end of the day, nor do we want to. This course honors the mission-driven nature of our work, while also recognizing the full scope of burdens that come with that mission. It addresses mental load without shaming the experience of it.

Course description

The “mental load” is a feminist term initially coined to describe the silent psychological burden of women who take care of children and household duties, often in addition to holding down a job. It also refers to the devaluation and largely “invisible labor” of managing the minutiae of details related to domestic family life.

When we pair the responsibility of our professional mental loads with our personal ones, trying to find balance becomes elusive at best. We may not even fully understand how our mental load affects us emotionally and physiologically over the long term. 

In this course, Shira Myrow explores the modern "mental load" for clients and therapists alike. She focuses on the importance of creating compassion and curiosity around expectations and limitations. She identifies practices that can be helpful for therapists as well as the clients we treat, in managing the mental load of modern life.

1 Hour CE. Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 68 minutes.

This course was recorded from a live presentation at the 2019 Therapy Reimagined conference in Los Angeles. For information on past and future Therapy Reimagined events, visit therapyreimagined.com.

Learning objectives

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

  • Define “mental load” in a broad cultural context

  • Describe how stress related to technology use affects the experience of mental load

  • Apply at least two stress reduction techniques to the observance and experience of mental load

Course Outline

1. Mental load in the digital age

i. Origin of the term

ii. Evolving definition

2. Environmental stress

i. Work

ii. Relationships

iii. Social context

3. Mental load and stress

i. Impacts of technology

ii. Unique impacts for therapists

4. Coping strategies



Shira Myrow, MA, LMFT

Shira Myrow is a licensed marriage and family therapist, mindfulness educator and founder of the Yale St. Therapy Group based in Santa Monica, where she works in private practice. Shira specializes in relationship intelligence—treating couples and marriages with a focus on rebuilding attunement, repairing attachment, and creating emotional literacy. Shira has a special focus on treating attachment injuries in adult children of severely mentally ill parents (parents with borderline personality disorder, bi-polar and schizophrenia). Shira is a regular writer for publications including Goop, Thrive Global and Mind Body Green. She has presented workshops at TED Women and has been featured as a guest on multiple outlets and podcasts.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 68 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes a post-graduate level of clinical and theoretical knowledge.

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:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: May 21, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course providers. This course is provided by Therapy Reimagined, with SimplePractice maintaining full control of content development and continuing education compliance. 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:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

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 for 1 hour 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.

This course is not part of our ASWB approved continuing education program.