April 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheppard Pratt Conference Center
6501 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21204

Pro Bono Counseling Project

24th Annual Mary Douglas Wells SPEAKERS FORUM FUNDRAISER

The Climate of Fear: Religion, Politics, Money and the Environment

Friday, April 17, 2020

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Featured Presenters: Justin Lee, PhD, LCSW; Jennifer Panning, PsyD; Sally Palaian, PhD; and Lise Van Susteren, MD, and Stacey Colino, MSJ, BA

Six (6) CE Credits

Registration Fee:

$119/ person – EARLY BIRD RATE

$149/person – after 3/1/20


Includes continental breakfast and lunch

Many Americans are worried about hot-topic conversations involving politics, climate change, religion, and money. As a clinician you too may have your own concerns about these subjects. Join us for a day of learning how therapists can work with clients who are exploring the impacts of these topics.


“Clinical Work in Transitional Faith Experiences: How Leaving Religion Impacts Mental Health”
Presenter – Justin Lee, PhD, LCSW
Learning Objectives
•Identify 3 key challenges that exist within the therapeutic relationship when addressing faith
•Explain the clinical responsibilities to clients experiencing faith transitions.
•Apply evidence-based assessment and interventions with clients experiencing faith transitions.

“The Sociopolitical Climate of Fear: Helping our Clients and Ourselves Navigate Uncertainty”
Presenter – Jennifer Panning, PsyD
Learning Objectives
•Identify three contributing factors to political anxieties
•List three coping skills to help clients who report heightened anxiety
•Identify pros and cons of therapist disclosing personal political beliefs to their clients
•Name three vulnerable populations who may be particularly impacted by fears

“Money Matters – Both Ours and Our Clients”
Presenter – Sally Palaian, PhD
Learning Objectives
•Identify emotional and circumstantial origins to financial beliefs and behavior
•Recognize financial countertransference and identify how a clinician’s own relationship to money impacts the dynamics in a therapeutic relationship
•Learn techniques to help clients with their financial transference
•Identify treatment issues related to client’s finances
•Understand how different financial blueprints interact with each other
•Identify the difference between normal, dysfunctional and addictive financial problems.
•Identify typical financial disorders

“Climate and Mental Health”
Presenters – Lise Van Susteren, MD, and Stacey Colino, MSJ, BA
Learning Objectives
•Identify the physical and emotional toll of climate disruption.
•Describe communication techniques that work to change a culture.
•Discuss the unique skills MHPs have to restore emotional healing.
•Harnessing the gifts of nature and the role of evolutionary biology.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pro Bono Counseling Project maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Maryland Boards of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors and Therapists certify that this program meets the criteria for three credit hours of continuing education for social workers, professional counselors, and therapists licensed in Maryland.

CE credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops.  Attendance is monitored. Credit will not be granted to registrants who arrive more than 15 minutes late or depart 15 minutes early from a session.  It is the responsibility of registrants to comply with these requirements.