Why you'll love this course

This panel of advocates shows their deep passion for the field. Listen to state of the art information about the profession of psychotherapy, in bite-sized pieces.

Course description

This panel of advocates addresses key elements of the modern profession of psychotherapy. Topics include your individual impact on the larger profession, navigating your prelicensed years, minority mental health, working with LGBTQ populations, and raising your voice as an activist therapist. The course concludes with a discussion involving audience questions for all five presenters.

Learning objectives

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

  • Identify three key practices necessary for working with minority populations.

  • Differentiate between being LGBTQ-friendly and being LGBTQ-informed.

  • Define at least one advocacy issue where they are interested in having an impact.

Who should attend

This course is intended for early- to middle-career professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of how their own work fits into a larger professional contact. It is part of a practical knowledge base, and is taught at a beginner to intermediate level.


Each presenter speaks for approximately 15 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with all presenters.

Robin Andersen - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and advocate for prelicensed therapists

Benjamin Caldwell - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, author, and advocate for mental health professionals

Patrice Douglas - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in minority mental health

James Guay - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and LGBTQ advocate

Heather Walker Janz - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and mental health advocate