Therapeutic Response to Trauma and Loss in the COVID-19 Pandemic

On Demand Webinar
1.5 Complimentary CE Credit Hours Available
The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting everyone with a variety of death and non-death losses, which are transpiring in circumstances which themselves have varying degrees of personal traumatization. These range from the suddenness of a loved one’s death; to the inability to be with them to say goodbye; to the lack of funeral rituals; to contending with life threat and potential loss of others; to the attempt to mourn the person while balancing demands of isolation, severe violation of the assumptive world, and professional and economic instability; among many others. Elements that were identified pre-COVID-19 to predict high risk for complicated mourning and failures in adaptation are now routinely found in today’s situations. 
This webinar will identify the issues of trauma and loss that visit us in today’s pandemic, will explore how they influence each other, will survey the short- and long-term challenges that are created, and will delineate effective strategies for coping with the unique issues posed by COVID-19 trauma and loss. The focus will be on one’s work as a professional, as well as on personal self-care.
Learning Objectives
1. Discuss the association between trauma and loss (death and non-death) in the COVID-19 pandemic;
2. Delineate at least five non-death losses found in the COVID-19 pandemic;
3. Explain how trauma and loss influence one another and how that impacts the individual;
4. List which previously-identified high-risk factors for complicated mourning and failure in adaptation are routinely encountered in the COVID-19 pandemic;
5. Discuss how mourning the death of a loved one under current COVID-19 conditions presents short- and long-term challenges; and
6. Identify at least five effective strategies for coping with COVID-19 trauma and loss.
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Continuing Education available through 5/26/21
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1. Go to https://educate.hospicefoundation.org (if this is your first HFA certificate, click “Create a new account”)
2. Enter the CE Code (the code is provided at the end of the program)
3. Complete the exam (you must pass at 80% or above and may retake the exam as many times as needed)
4. Choose your board category and board
5. Complete the program evaluation
6. Print your certificate

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Expert Panelists:
Jenna Z. Marcus, MD, co-created a Palliative Care Mobile Unit to help COVID-19 patients and their families. She and her colleagues traveled the emergency department, intensive care units and medical floors initiating end-of-life conversations, establishing health care proxies and discussing advance directives. Dr. Marcus is a gynecologic oncologist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. She serves as Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecological Oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is Director of Robotic Surgery for the Institute's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. She serves on the board of several national committees within the field including, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. 
Therese A. Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, is a clinical psychologist, traumatologist, and thanatologist located in Warwick, Rhode Island.  She is the Clinical Director of The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss, which provides mental health services through psychotherapy, training, supervision, and consultation, and specializes in:  loss and grief; traumatic stress; and the psychosocial care of persons with physical injury, serious acute medical conditions, or with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illness, and their loved ones.  She has consulted, conducted research, provided therapy, written, and lectured internationally in areas related to loss, grief, illness, injury, death, and trauma.  She also has provided expert witness testimony in legal proceedings involving illness, injury, or bereavement. Current professional foci include treatment of complicated mourning; loss of a child; the interface between posttraumatic stress and grief; anticipatory mourning; specialized intervention techniques in the treatment of traumatic bereavement; the integration of EMDR into intervention with grief and mourning; and self-help after traumatic loss.