The current COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in reach around the world and the extended nature of this invisible threat. All are impacted whether it is direct impact on health or employment or indirect impact through availability of services and loved ones. Many are predicting the mental health fall out will be grim as well. While the mental health impact will be significant, for most people this will be a significant life event that they deal with in real time and eventually natural recover and move on to a new normal and satisfying life. This webinar focuses on suggestions for how mental health professionals can work with those on the frontlines, including what to do and what not to do.
- Discuss three topics to address when working with people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
- Discuss three suggestions for what not to do when working with people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
- Discuss the importance of social support and perceived control in recovery.
Sheila A.M. Rauch, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. She led design and now serves as Deputy Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Director of Mental Health Research and Program Evaluation at the VA Atlanta Healthcare System. Dr. Rauch has been developing programs, conducting research and providing PTSD and Anxiety Disorders treatment for over 20 years. Her research focuses on examination of mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of PTSD and improving access to effective interventions. She has led several PTSD treatment outcome and mechanisms trials funded through VA/DOD and other sources and has been training providers in PTSD treatment since 2000 including working with a team to establish a PTSD training network in Japan following the triple disaster in 2011. She has published scholarly articles, chapters, and books on anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) focusing on neurobiology and factors involved in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders, psychosocial factors in medical settings, and the relation between physical health and anxiety. She is an author of the new Prolonged Exposure manual to be released by Oxford University Press in August of 2019. Dr. Rauch has been involved in the modification and adaptation of proven psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders for various populations and settings, including primary care. She is a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT), was granted membership in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Scientific Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.