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Zoom meeting - "Ways in Which an Existential Perspective Can Help Clients Navigate the Pandemic"

  • September 13, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • On-line via ZOOM - link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.


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Membership Meeting

Note:  Presented on Zoom.

with Rena Pollak, LMFT

"Ways in Which an Existential Perspective Can Help Clients Navigate the Pandemic"

The pandemic has forced many people to ponder existential issues. Existential Therapy is based on the idea that the way in which people work through these issues can have a great impact on their lives. The long-term effects of these efforts will differ greatly among individuals, depending on whether they face these issues consciously or unconsciously, and the meaning they derive from these endeavors. This workshop will clarify what the existential issues are, the adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms that may evolve, and how clinicians can assist clients in working through these issues in therapy.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the 4 Existential issues.
  2. Recognize 4 indicators that a client is experiencing existential anxiety.
  3. Give 5 examples of maladaptive coping with pandemic-related existential anxiety.
  4. Identify 2 potential countertransference obstacles for working on existential issues.
  5. Summarize the value of exploring existential issues with clients.


Rena Pollak, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice in Encino. As a group therapist, she specializes in a combination of Interpersonal and Modern Analytic group therapy. She is also a fully trained EMDR therapist. Rena has facilitated grief work with children and adolescents through Our House and cancer support at WeSpark in Sherman Oaks. She has given presentations on Group therapy at the Group-Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles, numerous training centers including Phillips Graduate Institute, Counseling West, Airport Marina Counseling Center, as well as in the community at churches, high schools and Meetup Events. She has been a frequent blogger on her website as well as with She is currently a board member of the SFV-CAMFT and spent five years on the board of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles.

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   Sunday, September 13, 2020


8:45am-9am Check-In*

9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/Chapter Announcements*

9:30-11am CEU/Speaker Presentation

11am-11:15am Opportunity Drawing/Private Practice Announcements*

11:15am-11:30am Break*

11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting*

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course


Online via Zoom. See registration message - below.

    The link to Zoom meeting will be sent in confirmation email upon registration


$15  SFV-CAMFT chapter members  (online , including day of event)

$25 Non chapter members   (online, including day of event)

$20 (STUDENTS ONLY - (online, including day of event)

No phone or email RSVP.
No cash or check, credit card only (we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover).

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Refund Policy 

Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

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