Why you'll love this course

Using a developmental approach, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy discuss the functional and emotional challenges for therapists at each career stage. Therapists at all career stages will feel heard and understood -- and ready to tackle what comes next.

Course Description

At every stage of development for therapists, there are risk factors and systemic challenges that can lead to burnout. Without directly addressing these issues, therapists may struggle to provide as much help to clients as they could, and even to continue to pursue psychotherapy as their career. This course identifies the specific challenges and risk factors encountered by therapists at each stage of the development process, and offers specific tactics you can use to survive and thrive as a modern therapist, wherever you are in your career.

Video format, 1 hour CE. Video recorded live at the 2018 Therapy Reimagined conference in Los Angeles. Total running time 81 minutes.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify three domains of negative outcomes potentially experienced by psychotherapists with low resiliency

  • Summarize six practices for psychotherapist resiliency

  • Identify at least one key functional and one key emotional goal for therapists at each of four different career stages

Course Outline

  1. Change the world
  2. Stages of therapist development
  3. Discussing the biggest modern therapist problems
  4. What can we do about it?


Curt Widhalm

Curt Widhalm

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a Board Member at Large for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby.
Katie Vernoy

Katie Vernoy

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices.

Additional Information

Format & Length:

Video format; Total running time 81 minutes

Instructional Level:


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.

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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NAADAC Approval Status:

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.