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WEBINAR | How to Support a Friend, Family Member or Colleague Who is Suffering in the Context of the Pandemic

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How to Support a Friend, Family Member or Colleague Who is Suffering in the Context of the Pandemic

DATE: June 11, 2020

        

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During this pandemic we are all going to know people who are in serious trouble and need help. Many people won’t recognize that they need help or will be too ashamed to ask for help.
This webinar will address how to be helpful – attuned, thoughtful, supportive – without becoming overburdened. We will learn how to avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support. We will describe how to think about resilience as a zone and how to create a resource list that fits each person’s resilience profile. Finally, we will consider how to mobilize reasonable hope and benefit from vicarious hope.

During this pandemic we are all going to know people who are in serious trouble and need help. Many people won’t recognize that they need help or will be too ashamed to ask for help.

This webinar will address how to be helpful – attuned, thoughtful, supportive – without becoming overburdened. We will learn how to avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support. We will describe how to think about resilience as a zone and how to create a resource list that fits each person’s resilience profile. Finally, we will consider how to mobilize reasonable hope and benefit from vicarious hope.

 

Presenters

Kaethe Weingarten, PhD

Kaethe (pronounced Kay-tah) Weingarten, Ph.D., directs the Witness to Witness Program (W2W), a project pairing clinicians with frontline workers in health care, journalism, law and other occupations who serve the most economically vulnerable populations among us.  W2W is sponsored by Migrant Clinicians Network and affiliated  with the American Family Therapy Academy. Dr. Weingarten founded and directed The Witnessing Project, from 2000 to 2019, a nonprofit organization that consulted to individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and internationally to transform passive witnessing of violence and violation into effective action. She was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry from 1981-2017 and a faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge where she founded and directed the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience.   

She has published six books and over 100 articles and essays.  Her book, Common Shock: Witnessing Violence Every Day- How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Social Change.  In 2002 she was awarded the highest honor of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Theory and Practice.

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