Therapists Under Fire



Online Training for Clinicians of Color


Monday Feb 1
7pm-8pm EST


Online via Zoom
Link will be emailed


$40 (Free for COCOA Diamond, Platinum & Legacy Members)


Answering the call to serve is not something taken lightly and many who are new to public service do not realize its demanding responsibilities until after they have been elected. Choosing to serve your constituents not only takes a deeply ingrained passion but it is also an all-encompassing responsibility that can lead to severe stress in every aspect of personal and professional life. Unfortunately, this reality of public life is often discussed in hindsight rather than with careful forethought and preparation.

Through hands-on exercises and personal instruction, Dr. Gardere will help attendees learn to assess their own emotional, physical, and spiritual health as a means of increasing self-awareness. He will demonstrate realistic strategies for strengthening mind, body, and spirit with time-sensitive practicality and realistic goal setting. In these unpredictable times, a public servant must be prepared for success and challenge, support and isolation and everything in between

Dr. Gardere will discuss the challenges of being mentally and physically fit in office from a historical perspective. He will address the unique stressors of public service and confront them as realistic obstacles that can be overcome with the same dedication that motivates one to serve. Attendees will understand where they are on the continuum of mental health and learn strategies to manage the everyday challenges of life in public office.

It will take place virtually via zoom.


Dr. Jeff headshot

Dr. Jeffrey Gardere

Dr. Jeff is one of the most widely sought-after experts in the field of mental health. In addition to having a private practice in Manhattan, he is an Associate Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Jeff is also an ordained Interfaith Minister with a Doctorate in Divinity from The New Seminary.

Dr. Jeff Gardere, better known as “America’s Psychologist”, is also a prolific author of four books and a contributing author of a half-dozen books including the brand-new text, “The Causes of Autism”.

In addition to being a respected academician, Dr. Jeff has been a contributor to the FOX network, the Today Show, MSNBC, and CNN.

Dr. Jeff was the host of VH1’s Dad Camp, and recently was the psychologist on The Housewives of Atlanta. He is also the aftercare coordinator and psychologist for Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court.


Dr. Jeff is a regular guest on:

  • The NBC Today Show
  • CNN
  • HLN
  • The Maury Povich Show
  • The CBS Early Morning Show
  • Fox Business News
  • FOX News
  • Nancy Grace
  • Tru-TV Reality Specials and Court Shows



Dr. Jeff is the author of several books, including the controversial Love Prescription: Ending the War Between Black Men and Women. He is also the co-author of Practical Parenting with Montel Williams, the Emmy-award winning TV talk show host. Dr. Jeff’s first book, Smart Parenting for African Americans: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Difficult World has been lauded as being “necessary for raising African-American children in today’s society,” (Black Issues Book Review). Dr. Jeff is also a monthly columnist for Sister 2 Sister Magazine.



Dr. Jeff’s tertiary education started at The University of Rochester, where he gained a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. He continued his tertiary education at George Washington University where he gained a PhD in psychology and philosophy. Dr. Jeff’s resume may be requested from the contact page.

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