Stress, Uncertainty and Mental Health in the Time of COVID: Navigating Realities of Client Reactivity and Organizational Functioning
August 11, 2021, 12:30-2:30 PM EST
As we face the unknowns of the pandemic and attempt to instill hope, safety, and health- it can be a challenge navigating the heightened emotions and challenged functioning our clients and patients are presenting. This event was designed to help both mental health practitioners and medical providers better engage activated people in striving for their best health outcomes. By identifying the impact of dysregulated nervous systems and the barriers they pose to health, we can see how both Trauma Informed Interventions and supportive language can support the health outcomes of our most vulnerable patients.
- To identify the ways in which the pandemic has de-stabilized mental health in many individuals, and how that has impacted health related access, utilization, and outcomes.
- To offer participants some insights and considerations re: how the principles of Trauma Informed Care and Trauma Informed De-escalation can support providers’ efforts at engaging activated clients and patients.
- To offer tips, scripts, and strategies for supporting clients and fellow colleagues in navigating this incredibly challenging and uncertain time.
Laura Hinds is a clinical social worker with experience in medical, behavioral and mental health settings. Laura has had the pleasure of working with high acuity special needs populations and their providers for over 22 years. An alumna and instructor at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice for 13 years, and Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work and Social Research’s for the past 4 years, Laura has supported the learning and education of new social workers, veterans in the field, and their interdisciplinary partners. With a focus on trauma, human and gender development, racial equity, and crisis intervention Laura supports special needs populations and those who serve them.