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Self-care in Challenging Times: A Communitarian Approach

  • 06/24/2022
  • 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Virtual (all events are Eastern time)


  • The student rate is not eligible for CE credits and is intended for non-licensed mental health professionals in training
  • Includes 3 ETHICS CE Credits: Consider becoming PBTA member before registering to access the benefit of reduced-cost registration offered to current PBTA members.

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Mental health professionals are ethically tasked with maintaining their own competence and engaging in ongoing self-assessment and corrective actions when indicated. Unfortunately, this approach is ill-fated and inconsistent with our obligations to our clients. This webinar addresses the limitations of this approach, the ethical mandate to maintain our clinical competence, and how a communitarian approach to self-care is what works most effectively. Guidance will be provided on how to develop one’s personal self-care plan to help prevent burnout and problems with professional competence while promoting one’s wellness, thriving, and flourishing as a mental health clinician. The role of colleagues in this endeavor and the use of competence constellations will be emphasized. Each participant will learn how to develop their personal wellness plan that they will each hopefully implement moving forward.


Johnson, W. B., Barnett, J. E., Elman, N. S., Forrest, L., & Kaslow, N. J. (2012). The competent community: Toward a vital reformulation of professional ethics. American Psychologist, 67(7), 557–569.

Johnson, W. B., Barnett, J. E., Elman, N. S., Forrest, L., & Kaslow, N. J. (2013). The competence constellation model: A communitarian approach to support professional competence. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44(5), 343–354.

Wise, E. H., & Reuman, L. (2019). Promoting competent and flourishing life-long practice for psychologists: A communitarian perspective. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 50(2), 129–135.


Following this presentation, participants will be able to: 

1)      Identify the sources of distress in their life

2)      Explain how self-assessment of one’s competence is ineffective

3)      Articulate how a competence constellation should be used to promote and maintain their clinical competence and ongoing effective functioning.

This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals. Although advanced graduate student trainees with clinical experience are welcome, note that the instructional level of this presentation is beginner with assumption of postdoctoral participants.

About the presenter

Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP (he/him/his) is a licensed psychologist and is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Additionally, he is a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Barnett also is a Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. He has served as chair of the ethics committees of the Maryland Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also has served as the Vice Chair of the Maryland Psychology Licensing Board. Dr. Barnett has numerous publications to include 13 books and over 250 articles and book chapters and over 400 professional presentations that focus on ethics, legal, and professional practice issues for mental health professionals.

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and  advanced graduate student trainees with clinical experience. The instructional level of this presentation is beginner for a post-doctoral audience.

Continuing Education

  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists*. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This program provides three (3) hours of CE credits, ALL THREE (3) OF WHICH ARE ETHICS CREDITS.
  • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Full attendance with video display is required to obtain CE credit for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.
  • * PBTA does not currently offer CE to practitioners licensed in the state of New York. 
  • Non-psychologists outside of PA please confirm with your respective licensing board in advance that this meets criteria for CE credits.
Zoom video link will be sent to participants two days before the event contingent upon membership being paid in full if membership rate was selected. NOTE: New membership period begins 2/1/22 & out-of-state members are welcome. Enrollment for non-members is automatically cancelled if registration fee is not paid within 15 minutes of registration.

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