Women & Psychology CE

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Women & Psychology

Course Description:

The premise of this lecture is that women’s psychology is not shaped in a vacuum, but rather in a social context that reinforces depression, anxiety, eating disorders and low self-esteem, diagnoses from which women suffer disproportionately. Together, we will examine the ways in which women’s issues are culturally produced, beginning with a consideration of the implications of a history of male “healers” and female “patients” in the field of psychology. A unique challenge to women’s identity development is the pervasive societal pressure to value a woman for how she appears to the other versus who she understands herself to be. As we examine the impact of such gender expectations, we will also consider how a women’s “positionality”—based on her race, class, gender identity, and sexual orientation—affects the kinds of discrimination she faces. This lecture will provide mental health practitioners with methods for supporting the diversity of women’s identity development and strategies for inoculating them from the ills of a patriarchal culture.

Course Objective:

The purpose of this lecture is to explore the nature of gender biases in psychology and how those biases have contributed to pathologizing women’s mental and emotional experiences. The course will analyze how gender roles, socialization, orientation and internalization impact the personal narratives of women. Feminist treatment strategies will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain how the discipline of psychology has contributed to pathologizing women.
  2. Recognize the contributions feminist psychotherapists have made to normalizing women’s experiences.
  3. Identify gender biases in psychotherapy.
  4. Analyze how culture impacts the personal narratives of women.
  5. Define gender roles, gender role socialization, gender role orientation and gender role internalization.
  6. Identify the effects of female gender role strain.
  7. Recognize how traditional gender role assumptions arise in the counseling context.
  8. Assess and treat dependency traits in women.
  9. Implement the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for the treatment of girls and women.
  10. Employ feminist treatment strategies.

Continuing Education Hours:

This course is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for 2 Continuing Education Units.

Instructor: Susan Hall, D.Min., LMHC

Dr. Susan Hall is a Licensed Mental Health counselor in the state of Washington and has worked in social service and counseling settings since 1991. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work, she co-founded a transitional housing program for women and children in central Indiana where she directed the program until her entry into graduate training in 1998. Susan obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2000. In 2004, she opened Greenlake Counseling Services (GCS), a counseling community that provides low-cost office space for private practitioners; GCS is now home to nearly 30 practitioners. Dr. Hall received her Doctor of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary in May of 2008; she was fortunate to study abroad with women from every continent while learning the perspectives of feminist theologians from around the world. In 2009, Susan co-founded Seattle Therapy Alliance (STA) with her colleague Julie Cake, M.A., LMHC. STA was established with the two-fold vision of training graduate counseling students in feminist psychotherapy while simultaneously making low-cost therapy available to local women in their movement toward self-actualization. Dr. Hall has also received post-graduate training in art therapy, marriage and family therapy, gender and violence, attachment theories, feminist ethics, Clinical Supervision, and the residual psychological effects of slavery. She is qualified as an Approved Supervisor in Washington State for therapists seeking ongoing supervision.


Susan Hall Seminars is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors, provider #6630, to sponsor continuing education for counselors. Susan Hall Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Licensing boards and accrediting agencies occasionally update continuing education requirements and restrictions. Susan Hall Seminars attempts to remain current with these changes; however, it is ultimately your responsibility to complete coursework which will be accepted by your licensing board.

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Women & Psychology CE

This product is also available as:
Women & Psychology w/o CE