Healing During Covid: A Course for Health Professionals

This program is being co-sponsored by the Center for Integrated Primary Care at UMass Medical School (CIPC) and Tend Health. Tend Health is a commercial entity but no other services are being promoted in this offering.

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COVID-19 changed how people access healthcare, how people receive healthcare, and how healthcare professionals deliver care. COVID-19 – and its impact – are not over. The residue on health professionals is real and so is the financial strain. The need to make up lost revenue leaves little time for reflection, processing the impact of COVID-19, and meaning making to support post traumatic growth. We want to help you unpack all of this. Join us to learn how to name, acknowledge, and create meaning out of the suffering – how to avoid getting stuck and instead move towards post-traumatic growth.

Join this small, live, and intentional group of healthcare professionals for private and honest reflections about your experience during the pandemic while learning specific skills to make meaning from your experience and transform suffering into hope. 96% of past participants report they learned one or more skills to use going forward and 88% would recommend this course to their colleagues. The course will not be recorded or documented in any way to offer maximum privacy and professional protection

This course is facilitated by Tend Health co-founder Tina Runyan, PhD, ABPP.

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I am very fortunate to have had the unique and powerful opportunity to connect with Tina and a group of likeminded health professionals, and often felt myself reflecting on how valuable it was over the course of the program. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

– Medical Oncologist

Course Dates and Times

This is a 5-session course taking place weekly on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Time, beginning February 3, 2022 and ending March 3, 2022.

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Learning Objectives

Session 1: COVID as a Collective and Individual Trauma
1. Analyze the experience of trauma, vicarious trauma, and secondary stress as it relates to being a healthcare provider during the pandemic
2. Apply the principles of trauma exposure to understand the personal impact on one’s mind, emotions, behaviors, and the body
3. Discuss and practice self-regulation techniques to mitigate activation in the body

Session 2: Feel it to Heal it: Working with your experiences, including Anger
in Clinical Practice
1. Discuss and practice the skill of naming the internal impact of COVID using specific experiences
2. Assess how individual reactions to events vary and can be informed by context, history, coping skills
3. Analyze how and why clinicians feel angry with patients, leadership, and larger oppressive systems of inequity in healthcare and society
4. Explain anger as a healthy emotion and as a secondary, often revealing one’s values

Session 3: Defining and Working Constructively with Moral Suffering
1. Assess the difference between constructive and destructive expressions of anger
2. Utilize constructive anger expression
3. Describe the landscape of moral suffering and identity specific instances of moral injury and moral distress
4. Prepare how to move towards restoring integrity in the face of moral suffering

Session 4: Self-Compassion, Other-Compassion
1. Describe self-compassion and its application to being a clinician during COVID
2. Assess the barriers to self-compassion and the reasons we hold onto the inner critic
3. Utilize the framework of self-compassion to address the impact of the internalized inner critic
4. Prepare specific strategies to foster acceptance, compassion, grieving, and forgiveness

Session 5: Post-traumatic Growth
1. Describe post-traumatic growth and discuss how adversity can build resilience and shape recovery
2. Demonstrate the practice of looking back (honoring) and looking forward (visioning)
3. Create and set personal intentions about how to work going forward, especially as the pandemic continues

FAQs

How do I join the sessions? Once you have registered and paid for the course, you will receive a calendar invite for the course containing a Zoom link. This link should only be used by the participant who paid for the course, and should not be shared.

Who should attend this course? This offering is specifically curated to be of use for Physicians, Nurses (advanced nurse practitioners and registered nurses), Behavioral Health Practitioners, Medical/Hospital Chaplains, and any other health professional working with patients during the pandemic.

How many CE credits are offered? 7.5 continuing education credits offered by AAFP (for physicians and nurses) and SCA (for psychologists and other mental health practitioners).

What is the cost? The course is $400. CE credit is an additional $50. 

What if I need to cancel? You may cancel up to 1 week in advance and receive a full refund minus a $30 charge for administrative fees. Cancelations less than 1 week in advance will receive a 50% refund. Cancelations after the course has begun are not eligible for a refund. 

Who is providing the CE credits for psychologists? CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at hbruno@berkshireahec.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com

What if I still have questions about the course not answered here? Please contact us.

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