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WEBINAR | Managing stress in uncertain times: How clinicians can stay resilient in the time of COViD-19

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Managing stress in uncertain times: How clinicians can stay resilient in the time of COViD-19

DATE: April 21, 2020

        

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The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way we function in our homes, schools and jobs. Clinicians, considered essential workers, continue to provide health care services and are experiencing stress far beyond normal levels. Work stress is combined with concern for their families who are also living through difficult situations, including worry about them.
While deeply concerned about caring for their patients, health care workers are also rightly concerned about themselves.  Clinicians need constructive ways to understand the current context and approaches to caring for themselves so that they can remain emotionally resilient while they do their work. 
This webinar will provide a general understanding of common emotional responses to the pandemic – worry, anxiety, demoralization, moral distress -- and provide efficient strategies to deal with them.  A focus will be on the witnessing model, developed by Kaethe Weingarten, PhD that describes four different witness positions affecting people during the pandemic.  Ways of moving into the only effective position will be suggested.  Concrete ideas for remaining in one’s resilient zone, not stuck too high, not stuck too low, will also be described.  A prevention approach to the development of PTSD will also be provided.  Participants will be able to create a personalized resilience toolkit by the end of the webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way we function in our homes, schools and jobs. Clinicians, considered essential workers, continue to provide health care services and are experiencing stress far beyond normal levels. Work stress is combined with concern for their families who are also living through difficult situations, including worry about them.

While deeply concerned about caring for their patients, health care workers are also rightly concerned about themselves.  Clinicians need constructive ways to understand the current context and approaches to caring for themselves so that they can remain emotionally resilient while they do their work. 

This webinar will provide a general understanding of common emotional responses to the pandemic – worry, anxiety, demoralization, moral distress -- and provide efficient strategies to deal with them.  A focus will be on the witnessing model, developed by Kaethe Weingarten, PhD that describes four different witness positions affecting people during the pandemic.  Ways of moving into the only effective position will be suggested.  Concrete ideas for remaining in one’s resilient zone, not stuck too high, not stuck too low, will also be described.  A prevention approach to the development of PTSD will also be provided.  Participants will be able to create a personalized resilience toolkit by the end of the webinar.

 

The participants will be able to:

  • Describe four different witness positions that people may find themselves in as they respond to the Covid19 situation
  • Understand moral distress as a normal response to current conditions in which providers face challenging situations of scarcity
  • Distinguish demoralization from depression and anxiety
  • Identify personal resources that allow them to remain within their resilient zone, neither stuck to high or too low
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