Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series
Many people turn to their faith leaders when they have a concern or fear. For many people, even those with no mental health diagnosis, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased fears and concerns exponentially. Sometimes these emotions increase so much that they need to be addressed with specialized expertise that understands mental health concerns. This webinar series will help you consider and prepare for the mental health challenges that may arise during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will include research on mental health and strategies for next steps in the days and months ahead.
During a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, some people personally turn to their faith and other sources of meaning and purpose as a source of support, strength, and resilience. When mental health professionals are able to engage their clients’ source of spirituality, they are leveraging these strengths toward the wellness outcomes they are seeking with their clients. Unfortunately, some mental health professionals are uncomfortable raising issues related to religion and spirituality. As a result, clients may be less likely to engage spirituality as a part of their treatment. This webinar will highlight why and how mental health professionals can engage spirituality and religious belief in their treatment protocols when dealing with a client who finds this helpful. It will also discuss how the language of spirituality and belief may be helpful in the midst of the crisis in guiding clinicians and clients to understand their sources of challenge as well as strength.