Treating Chronic Illness with Psychotherapy

Instructor:  Katie Willard Virant, JD, MSW, LCSW

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Dates: Tuesdays, December 3, 10 2019

Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: At the Institute,  8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3.0 Credit Hours.

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Fee: $40

This seminar explores how psychotherapy can improve outcomes for people living with chronic illness.  We will turn our attention to the lived experience of chronic illness, identifying the domains of stress associated with chronic illness, the distinct phases of chronic illness, and the inevitability of meaning-making in living with disease.  We will address how psychotherapy can assist people in coping with chronic illness, paying particular attention to facilitating narrative about disease.  Clinicians who work with chronically ill patients are welcome, as are non-clinicians living with or otherwise affected by illness.


  1. Identify three domains of stress associated with chronic illness.
  2. Identify four phases of chronic illness and treatment goals associated with each phase.
  3. Identify and work with three types of illness narratives told by people living with chronic illness.


Course Level: Introductory

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