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Episode 4: “A Therapist’s Guide to Navigating Politics and Pandemic Stress in Session”

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Episode 4: “A Therapist’s Guide to Navigating Politics and Pandemic Stress in Session”
Episode 4: “A Therapist’s Guide to Navigating Politics and Pandemic Stress in Session”
Amie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from Muhlenberg College where she majored in Psychology and minored in English. She received her Master of Science degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University in 1995 with a concentration in addiction counseling. She began her career with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in north-east Philadelphia where she worked in their drug and alcohol intensive outpatient program from 1994 until 1996. She was promoted to clinical coordinator for Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Rehab After Work program in 1996. In 1997 Amie was hired as a psychotherapist by St Luke’s Hospital when Allentown Osteopathic merged with St Luke’s.

In her 23 years with St Luke’s Amie has worked in Behavioral Health providing outpatient psychotherapy and has managed the outpatient psychotherapy department for the past 18 years. Currently the Network Director for Clinical Therapy services, Amie volunteers with the network critical incident stress debriefing team and serves on many network committees. Amie is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Co-occurring disorder diplomate, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Licensed Professional counselor, and Certified Forensic Addiction Examiner. She is a registered and approved drug and alcohol psychotherapist for Major League baseball and loves her work with professional athletes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define Election Stress Disorder and understand how it impacts clients
  2. Determine the appropriateness or inappropriateness of exploring politics in a therapeutic setting
  3. What to do to help someone overcome an overwhelming negative political emotion during session.
  4. Identify the different categories of pandemic stress.

Additional Resources

  • “Election Stress Disorder, the Sequel” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/us/politics/election-stress-disorder.html
  • Election Stress Disorder is A Thing- Here’s How to Cope” https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10027052/what-is-election-stress-disorder-relief
  • “What is Election Stress Disorder and Do I Have It?” https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10027052/what-is-election-stress-disorder-relief
  • “Coping with Socio-Political Stress” https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10027052/what-is-election-stress-disorder-relief

References

  • Psychology Today, “Managing Political and Covid Stress Near the Election”. Orlov, Melissa. October 28, 2020
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/may-i-have-your-attention/202010/managing-political-and-covid-stress-near-the-election%20Octover%2029 Very Well Mind, “Americans are Stressed About Politics”. Scott, Elizabeth. October 17, 2020
  • https://www.verywellmind.com/americans-are-stressed-about-politics-4155336
  • Weil Institute for Neurosciences, “Managing Political Stress in 2021”, https://psychiatry.ucsf.edu/copingresources/politics
  • The New York Times, “ Election Stress Disorder”. Lerer, Lisa. September 4, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/us/politics/election-stress-disorder.html.

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