Covid, Trauma and Building Resilience a Year Later

  • Thu, March 11, 2021
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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We are living through an unprecedented time of an international pandemic, a collective trauma of a kind the world has not experienced before. It is also an individual trauma, and each of us is responding differently to their particular circumstances, fears and concerns. We and our clients are separated from loved ones, and prevented from participating in the social gatherings and activities that normally sustain us. Some of us have lost a loved one in this time, and have been unable to attend their burial or rituals that support the grieving family. Some of us are more exposed to risk than others, if our work requires direct client contact. In addition, the recent months have also been a time of tremendous social and political upheaval. All of these coalescing crises have potentially increased stress and anxiety, as adding to the fear of contracting the coronavirus, there are feelings of uncertainty and trepidation about how it will all impact us personally, nationally and globally, economically and socially.  We are all in this together, and this presentation will address how to enhance resilience among our clients and among ourselves. Sharing lessons from research about trauma and resilience, as well as from positive psychology, the presentation will offer pragmatic tools to help manage anxiety and increase adaptive functioning.

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Irit Felsen, PhD 

Irit Felsen, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the effects of trauma and traumatic loss and in intergenerational transmission of trauma and resilience. Dr. Felsen is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and at Yeshiva University in NYC, and in addition to her private practice, also has served since 9/11 on a national emergency response team for the delivery of services following critical incidents. Dr. Felsen is the chair of the Older Adults and Caregivers group of the APA Interdivision COVID-19 Task Force, and the co-chair of the Trauma Working Group of the NGO on Mental Health in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. She is a member of the National Center for Crisis Management and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and a board member of the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, NJ.

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