Interview with Pennie Sempell, JD

Pennie Sempell has spent much of her adult life answering this question:  How do I boost my resilience? In today’s interview, she explains what she and her colleagues have produced to answer that question.

Pennie Sempell completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her law degree at the University of California.

She is the co-founder and CEO of StressPal. The company recently released its proprietary program designed to improve psychological flexibility.

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For over 25 years Pennie has provided training in stress resilience, health advocacy, and conflict resolution. Her students are primarily medical professionals in hospital and outpatient settings. She is a professional mediator and pioneer in integrative health education. And she has authored and produced multiple award-winning multimedia tools for adults and children in behavioral medicine topics.

Can I Boost My Resilience?

StressPal brings behavioral health training tools to fight stress-related conditions. It is an interactive program that applies evidence-based interventions. Fortunately, these tools enable clinicians to change how they respond, adapt to, and recover from stressors.

In a nutshell, it is an evidence-based, self-paced, multimedia program designed to prevent and overcome burnout.

Psychological Flexibility Can Be Improved

The root cause of burnout is the unrealistic conditions under which physicians often work. Yet, some physicians seem to remain psychologically unscathed, while others suffer tremendously from the stress of their jobs.

Psychological flexibility is an attribute that can prevent burnout, and allow us to think and plan more clearly. Hence, this flexibility allows us to deal with stressful situations we cannot avoid. Improving our resilience can also provide the focus needed to pursue an alternative work environment if it is truly toxic.

Be aware of these three core strategies:

  • cultivate self-awareness…
  • assess what you value… what's important to you?… what do you stand for?
  • and answer this question: what is your willingness to flexibly try a more workable strategy?

StressPal is a program with tools to address these concepts and enhance our resilience in stressful situations.


You can learn more about StressPal, and how it can be used to fight burnout in your practice or hospital by going to StressPal is one of the most innovative programs I've seen to boost my resilience and that of my colleagues.

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