Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Stories Matter: Building Resilience, Consciousness, and Empathy through Entertainment Media

  • 06/24/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • LA-CAMFT Members (Login Required)
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members (Must enter name of chapter)
  • CSCSW Members (Must enter code to register)
  • Non-Members
  • Registration for event speakers, sponsors, others

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LA-CAMFT June 2022
including Q&A

Friday, June 24, 2022
9:00 am-11:00 am

11:00-11:30 am (optional)
Participant Announcements

Via Zoom

2 CEUs

Sponsored by

Stories Matter: Building Resilience, Consciousness,
and Empathy through Entertainment Media

Dr. Drea Letamendi, Ph.D.

Stories are a part of our psychological fabric, and the personal and emotionally charged connections we form with "faux friends" in film, TV, gaming, and comics can help harness essential insights. Dr. Letamendi will delve into the powerful phenomenon of "mediated others" and share how grit, emotional growth, and self-discovery are gained while facing multiple threats in today's world. The speaker will discuss how fiction and fandom in entertainment media can comfort anxieties, manage fears, and affirm hopes through healthy escapism, allowing our clients (and us) to flourish in times of crisis. Dr. Letamendi will provide participants with effective strategies for implementing compassionate self-care, cultivating belongingness, and increasing health consciousness for a happier and more fulfilling work-life identity. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the benefits of media use related to emotional processing, self-awareness, and interpersonal effectiveness.
  2. Explain the parasocial engagement model and how personal development is influenced through storytelling.
  3. Identify 2 - 3 approaches that can be utilized to reduce the effects of trauma (war, global, pandemic, vicarious trauma, etc.) through a shared, collective liberation model.

Dr. Drea Letamendi, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, trainer, performance coach, and entertainment media consultant. Dr. Letamendi currently serves as the Director of Resilience at UCLA, where she works in the areas of empathy and resilience building, crisis-response, and suicide prevention. Dr. Drea is a TEDx speaker, the designated psychological consultant for the media companies Fandom and Screen Junkies, and has published several articles about the psychology of characters in Marvel, DC, and other pop culture franchises. Her work on the intersections of pop culture and psychological science have been featured in the Atlantic, the Guardian, Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, and on Disney+. 

For more information, contact Di Wilson or Leanne Nettles.

Licensed Therapists, Associates, Students, & Related Professionals

Event Details: 
Friday, June 24, 2022, 9:00-11:30 am
8:30-9:00: Check-In
11:00-11:30 am  (optional) Participant Announcements

9:00: Meeting Begins
11:00 Presentation and Related Announcements End
11:30 (optional) Participant Announcements
11:00 Meeting Ends

Online Via Zoom

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$25 for LA-CAMFT Members
Other CAMFT Chapter Members
CSCSW Members
$35 for Non-Members

2 CEUs Provided

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Registration CLOSES Thursday, June 23rd at 10 pm.

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CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 2 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign in/out form and must complete form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE.

Refund policy: 48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $5.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency. Contact Di Wilson, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Di Wilson, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Grievances: Program Administrator, Valerie "Billie" Klayman, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate and remedy grievances. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact her at cfo@lacamft.org.

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