The Psychology of Pandemics for Mental Health Professionals
During the COVID-19 pandemic there have been heightened levels of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, along with other psychological problems. It is important for mental health professionals to understand how pandemics and pandemic management affects the mental health of clients, and to be able to use this information to better support ourselves and our clients in a practical manner during this time.
Hear our esteemed speaker address these topics and more within our live webinar.
Dr. Steven Taylor – Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
This session will include a lecture from the speaker and will be followed by a question and answer session. Participants will have a chance to submit questions in advance of the event, as well as in the live chat. The webinar will be held on June 4, 2021, and will run from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time).
This webinar will be hosted using Zoom and recorded for those who are unable to attend the live event. All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar and all presentation materials several days after the conclusion of the event.
Mental health professionals in this workshop will develop a greater understanding of:
The similarities and differences between COVID-19 and past pandemics.
Likely scenarios for the “post-pandemic” world and its impact on patients.
Major psychological syndromes relevant to understand COVID-19 distress and the impacts of social disruption. This includes a discussion of COVID Stress Syndrome and COVID Disregard Syndrome.
Clinical approaches to addressing pandemic-related distress and social disruption.
Motivational roots of anti-mask, anti-vaccination, and anti-lockdown attitudes and the role of public health messaging.
Innovations in mental health programs aimed to address the short- and long-term mental health problems associated with pandemics, including COVID-19.
In the event that participants cannot attend the live event, the webinar will be recorded and distributed to those who have registered. Those who view the recorded webinar will still be eligible to obtain continuing education credits.