Full Course Description
Therapy in a Post-Pandemic World: How to Help Your Anxious Clients & Safely Re-Open Your Office
- Analyze ways to address clients’ anxiety and worry around COVID-19 based on the latest evidence.
- Analyze the specific ways in which mental health professionals can help clients understand and make their own decisions around the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Determine strategies for safely re-opening offices for clients.
- 3 key things that mental health professionals should understand about COVID-19 and its biopsychosocial impacts.
- Conduct assessment of stress levels in children coping with online learning and pandemic realities.
- Analyze what we are learning about critical stress points in parents and children during the pandemic.
- Utilize at least 6 practical stress management coping skills for parents, caretakers and kids.
- Determine needs for higher levels of care, medical referrals, and school resources.
What Therapists Should Know for Clients worried about COVID-19
Bringing Clients Back to Your Office Safely
- Sorting fact from fiction and understanding the numbers
- Assessing the risks of serious illness
- Strategies for mitigating risk to yourself and your clients in your clinical work
- How to understand vaccination and what it means
Helping Clients Navigate Decision Making
- Setting up your office
- Understanding ventilation strategies
- Re-examining how you schedule clients
- The utility of wearing masks or not wearing masks in the office
- Properly understanding what COVID-19 testing can and can’t do
Understanding the Specific Stressors Parents, Kids, and Families are Facing
- Safety vs social isolation – assessing the risks and benefits to client well-being on their diagnosis
- Helping clients cope when others don’t agree or reciprocate the way they are choosing to lower their risk of getting sick
- Prioritizing robust support systems, marriages, and friends
Six Techniques to Help Improve Home & Family Life for Clients
- Why guilt is an under-recognized stressor among parents and how to work with it
- Dis-enfranchised grief and and loss
- Loss of control - working with problems that can’t be solved right now
- What anger is really all about in this time
- How anxiety and fear are taking on new meaning in this time
- The long-term effects of isolation and how to lower the risks
Addressing the BIG Long-Term Impacts of the Pandemic among Parents, Families, and their Kids
- How to lower expectations without falling behind
- How and why family meetings have new meaning going forward. Discussing what’s going on with your family.
- What isolation has done to our bodies – incorporating exercise and movement is more important than ever
- Media exposure is doing more than you might think
- control over media exposure, choosing how we discuss the virus and our mitigation efforts
- Specific sleep recommendations and the power of routines
Where We Are Headed – What Life & Therapy Looks Like Post-Pandemic
- The long-term effects of 2020-2021 on social and emotional development
- Ways you can improve remote learning or hybrid learning
- How kids might be displaying anxiety in different ways today and how to help
- Fostering a growth mindset even after a difficult year
- Data from previous global pandemics
- Longer-term issues that will surface you should know about right now
- The ways our clients will need help as we re-orient in a new normal