Mental health continuing education (CE) courses created by Dr. Bhatia are now available online. These courses fulfill California state requirements for mental health professionals. For details and to enroll, visit the Steve Frankel Group website by following the links below.
Dr. Gitu Bhatia has co-authored an article entitled, “A Look Within” in the magazine published by the California Psychological Association. The article examines the experiences of the authors’ colleagues in their profession in light of increased awareness of racism in America since the murder of George Floyd by police, and the statement made by the CPA advocating anti-racism.
Cultural Competency in Family Practice (CCFP) is a California ( U.S.) educational project dedicated to the study of culture and its impact on the family law litigation since 2013. The annual seminar events are presented and sponsored by major public and private legal institutions, and bring together family law judges, attorneys, psychologists and financial experts for participation in topic discussion. Dr. Gitu Bhatia has been a participant of the event and its related seminars since inception.
PANEL 1: CULTURE AND LOCKDOWN IN MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS
Impact of COVID on cultural communities, focusing on children, socioeconomics and immigration. Speakers: Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Judge, Family Law, LASC, President of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, California Chapter; Linda L. Bortell, Psy.D., Bortell Psychological Inc.; Shuray Ghorishi, Esq., Senior Managing Attorney, FAMILY VIOLENCE APPELLATE PROJECT (California) Moderator: Gitu Bhatia, Psy. D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Gitu Bhatia will present at the 8th Annual Cultural Competency in Family Practice
Dr. Bhatia will participate in the presentation: “Wildfires and Hurricanes: The Personal and Collective Need for Self-Care” at the CPA Annual Convention 2018, San Diego, CA which takes place April 26-29, 2018.
12th Annual Statewide Conference of Collaborative Professionals
April 28-30, 2017
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Website
Becoming Culturally Competent and Ethically Responsible: Beyond Basics
Presenters: Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D., Linda Bortell, Psy.D., Abbas Hadjian, Esq. and Diana Martinez, Esq.
Professionals working with families going through divorce and separation need to increase awareness and skills to be able to discern the complex aspects of culture, world views, and communication patterns of the families with whom we interact in the legal process. Participants will also learn to identify and empathize with the socio political aspects of racism, power and privilege and how these may impact issues of trust and mistrust and create barriers in the legal processes and, specifically, within the context of family law.
Modest Means Moves: Preparing For and Trying the Modest Means Move-Away Case
Leslie Ellen Shear, JD, CFLS, Mike J. Kretzmer, JD, CFLS, Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D.
One of the most challenging situations in Family Court is the presentation of a “move-away” case where the litigants have modest means. Judges are often confronted with poorly conducted move-away trials that do not give the Court the information necessary for wise decisions, and unduly consume court time and resources. This program will lay out how move-away cases can best be organized and presented by parties and counsel to assist the Court in developing long-distance parenting plan orders. There will also be discussion of alternatives to court resolution and how to be sensitive to cultural issues.
Families that come together post-divorce may need a different terminology than “blended family.” Blending something together connotes losing individual identities and forming a new collective identity.
“Not my circus, not my monkeys” is a Polish proverb that wisely describes the need to know when other people’s feelings are your responsibility or not. While going through divorce, you have to manage many feelings for yourself and your children. Taking on other people’s feelings and reactions can deplete your own resources.
The old adage “once bitten, twice shy” may hold true for some people after a relationship fails. However, some people jump quickly into new relationships instead of taking the time to heal from the pain and anguish of being left or feeling rejected.
Divorce inevitably brings about a series of losses, and it becomes difficult to remember that the losses may make room for some gains in the long run. There are tangible financial losses, but there may also be intangible and subtle losses that may not be apparent until later in the process of coping with divorce.
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