You can contribute to reducing suffering and improving quality of living during this Coronavirus world emergency. COVID-19 has created a healthcare crisis, and mental health practitioners can assist with this worldwide public health concern by addressing people’s clinically-relevant responses. General fear of contracting the coronavirus is being exacerbated by media reports (and hype) and the reactions (and over-reactions) of other people, and turning natural fear into debilitating anxiety. Two additional issues are compounding these problems: 1) Mandates to self-quarantine are leading to people having problematic reactions that might have a deleterious influence on their mental health, and 2) social distancing obligations are creating significant obstacles for clients to see their counselors, social workers, and psychologists.
Telehealth options are available for performing clinical interventions, but this is a fairly new field in the behavioral health profession. This webinar, led by the experienced founder of a telementalhealth organization, will walk you through the options for choosing a telehealth platform, and describe the important considerations when actually doing therapy online.
In addition, the webinar leader has been an Acceptance & Commitment Therapy practitioner for over 20 years, and will describe the ACT model, explain how it can be tailor-made for anxiety, and provide specific details for applying the approach to fear of the coronavirus. ACT utilizes mindfulness interventions, while blending evidence-based psychotherapy concepts into the approach, and aims to increase the client’s psychological flexibility. The vision for this webinar is to prepare mental health practitioners with the technical tools for reducing the negative impact of this world crisis, and the clinical perspectives to help people with their psychological pain at this difficult time.
Telehealth guidelines and informed consent paperwork will also be provided.