Counseling and Chronic Illness: An Overview

Presented By Cristen Wathen, PhD
Cristen Wathen, PhD

1 hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Counseling and Chronic Illness: An Overview is presented by Cristen Wathen, Ph.D.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for support for emotional well-being related to specific chronic health issues has been highlighted. This program focuses 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. This program provides an overview of research, resources, and interventions in working with this population.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program 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


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.&nbs...

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