March CE Luncheon: When The Political becomes Personal And the Personal Becomes Political

When The Political becomes Personal And the Personal Becomes Political: Panel discussion on the impact of the election

Moderated by Rich LaaBrie Psy.D.

Panel: Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D., Indhushree Rajan, Ph.D., and Wayne Kao Psy.D.

When: Friday March 10, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Where: The Women’s Club of Pasadena

1.5 CE Hours

NOTE: There will be an optional 30 minute open discussion, processing period from 1:30 – 2:00pm for those who would like to stay. It is not a requirement to earn the CE units.

Free parking behind the building off Madison!

We hope you’ll join us!

Description of Program. Psychotherapy clinicians have reported that the recent U.S. Presidential campaigns and election resulted in significant impacts on clients. These impacts appeared to increase or retrigger various symptoms, increase time spent processing, and challenge clinicians’ own sense of neutrality, bias, and countertransference dynamics. Concerns have also been expressed about the future, in concrete arenas like access to services, increases in violence and discrimination, and abstract concepts like stability, safety, and general existential dread.

In this panel presentation, Drs. Haldeman, Kao, and Rajan will field questions from Dr. LaBrie and the audience. Planned questions will elicit a clinically-oriented conversation about possible psychological and social reasons for the election outcome, implications to the health services field, clinical impacts from possible rights violations, advocacy, clinical neutrality, and possible therapeutic relationship effects moving forward. Time will be allotted for each panelist and the audience to expand on or add new topics in the discussion.


Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D., is Chair of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, and President of the California Psychological Association. He has a background of 30 years in private practice, and has served a variety of capacities in the American Psychological Association for the past 25 years, including a term on the APA Board of Directors, three terms on the Board of the Insurance Trust and Chair of the Council Leadership Team. An APA Fellow of 12 Divisions, his lengthy record of scholarly publication encompasses the competent and ethical treatment of LGBT and other marginalized groups and the relationship between politics, culture and mental health.

Dr. Indhushree Rajan earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and her M.A. in Literature, with an emphasis in Postmodern and Postcolonial Cultural Theory, from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Rajan’s teaching career has spanned more than a decade, and includes work with at-risk, incarcerated youth, junior college, college, and graduate level students. In clinical settings and in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Rajan has spent over 20 years working with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of physical, sexual, and psychological trauma, in diverse cultural and socio-economic communities in California. For the past nine years, Dr. Rajan has been focused on work with sex trafficking survivors in California and India. She is the founder and executive director of Project Satori, a nonprofit organization committed to providing mental health care to survivors of sex trafficking and their families, and promoting education and advocacy around the sex trafficking pandemic, both domestically and abroad. Dr. Rajan is an internationally published author, and is currently working on a book recounting the stories of trafficking survivors with whom she has worked in Kolkata, India, developing Project Satori, and doing psychotherapy and psychological assessment testing work in private practice as a psychological assistant to Dr. Paula Bruce, in Beverly Hills, CA., as she works towards licensure this year.

Dr. Wayne Kao discovered his passion for psychology at the age of 15, earning his Clinical PsyD. in 2008 at CSPP-LA. He currently holds multiple positions in the field of psychology. He is an Associate Clinical Director with CHE Services where he created a treatment and training program working with geriatric and chronic/severely mentally ill patients, an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, maintains a private practice in Monrovia, and serves as Diversity Chair on the Board of SGVPA.


Richard LaBrie, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pasadena, CA. He serves on the San Gabriel Valley CE Selection Committee and the Los Angeles Dissociative Disorders Study Group Steering Committee. Dr. LaBrie is an early-second career psychologist, having worked for 35 years in the entertainment media as an editor, writer, director, and producer. He completed post-doctoral training under Dr. Colleen Warnesky, and pre-doctoral training at Glendale Adventist Hospital, Hillview Mental Health Center, Santa Anita Family Service, the Alhambra Unified School District, and the Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. He is a graduate of CSPP, Los Angeles and New York University.

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