Helpful and easy-to-apply guidance for best supporting legally blind and visually-impaired clients

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    What's it like for a client who is experiencing vision loss, and what do therapists need to know to better assist this population? This course explores the functional diversity and emotional impacts of uncorrectable vision loss, and offers information so clinicians can be more culturally competent with individuals facing and/or experiencing blindness. Even mild vision impairment (i.e., near-normal vision) can have a, "tangible influence on quality of life,” (Cumberland et al., 2016, p. E1)... this course will prepare clinicians with how to encourage resilience and healthy coping in their clients.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List two different types of Legal Blindness; Describe three or more ways to prevent the alienation of legally-blind and visually-impaired clients; List one or more ways in increase ease-of-use and ease-of-access to care for legally-blind clients

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

Interviewee and Interviewer

Deb Marinos, CRC

Expert on Vision Loss

After 30 years of working as an electrician and teacher, Deb began work as a counselor in 2010. In the midst of her electrician career (35 yrs.), she was diagnosed with progressive legal blindness from RP - Retinitis Pigmentosa. Determined to continue to provide for her children, she engaged in all kinds of training, and forged a path to success while navigating life with both vision and hearing loss. Her journey has allowed her help over a hundred people or their families with various types of vision loss. Now, she uses all that learning to help professionals transform their unconscious bias into understanding to provide effective, more comfortable connections with people with diverse expressions of vision loss. Visit her at

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT


Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter. She operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. Beth is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. She also has two young children, a super cool husband who helps out with Clearly Clinical, a rescue dog, and a rescue cat.

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