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This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

How Mental Health Providers Can Care for Themselves and Colleagues During COVID-19: An Update

  • Date Created: 08/20/2021
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

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How Mental Health Providers Can Care for Themselves and Colleagues During COVID-19: An Update Author(s):

Patricia Watson, PhD

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a broad range of challenges for mental health providers. This course offers information about the mental health toll the pandemic has taken on the public and providers, as well as practical strategies for providers to manage self-care and to support coworkers.

Guidance about how to deal with uncertainty, how to assess current needs and priorities, and how to manage self-care and help coworkers address the cumulative stress created by the pandemic is discussed. The author explains the process of implementing programs designed to support well-being in complex, rapidly changing circumstances, including the use of flexible, tailored approaches to self-care and coworker support that accommodate varying levels of stress that are ongoing.

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify the mental health impact of COVID-19
  • Identify simple actions that can help mitigate stress reactions related to COVID-19
  • Describe strategies for supporting coworkers experiencing COVID-19 stress
  • Describe 5 protective factors in ongoing threat situations
  • Describe the importance of self-care when working in a pandemic
  • Identify reasons why self-care and peer support need to be tailored to stress level and context

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