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October COVID-19 Mental Health Trainings with Americares

Americares is dedicated to helping health centers prepare for disasters so they can continue to provide care for their communities. Americares preparedness experts are providing resources to assist health centers that are on the front lines of health care during a disaster maintain their primary services that are so critical to the vulnerable population they serve.

There is a number of trainings that health centers may be interested in. To download the schedule and registration information for October 2020, click here. All trainings are free.

Abbreviated Psychological First Aid (PFA)

This two-hour abbreviated PFA training provides information on how and when to provide psychological first aid to people impacted by a traumatic event, and ways to enhance provider care before, during and after a traumatic event.

Caring for Vulnerable Populations Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

This one-hour training provides guidance on how health care workers can support the unique physical and mental health concerns of high-risk vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who, Me? Stigma and Discrimination Associated with COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, stigma and discrimination against people of certain ethnic backgrounds, travelers, and residents of areas with high numbers of positive cases, and health care providers have been observed. This one-hour training provides strategies to combat stigma and discrimination, and support those who may be experiencing stigma and discrimination associated with COVID-19.

Breaking the Sheep Counting Cycle: Strategies for Improving Sleep During Stressful Times

This one-hour training discusses how emergencies and social distancing affect normal sleep patterns, the consequences and significance of altered sleep patterns and offers recommendations for improving sleep during stressful times.

You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have: Self-Care Strategies for the Busy Health Professional

The goal of this one-hour training is to increase the ability of providers to identify natural emotional responses to crises, and learn to manage fear, anxiety, and stress reactions in themselves and among the people they serve.

Social, But Isolated: Strategies to Support Front Line Health Workers Dealing with Personal and Professional Isolation

This one-hour training teaches strategies for managing stress related to isolation, social distancing and quarantining that providers can apply to their own self-care routine, as well as provision of care to their patients.

Infodemia: Discriminating Between Correct and Incorrect Information

Infodemia has been defined as an overabundance of information that makes it difficult for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance, adding stress, anxiety and misinformation to one’s current state. This one-hour training provides practical and self-care strategies for combating the Infodemic, isolating reliable information, and managing information overload and related stress reactions.

Building Resilience While Navigating Grief and Mourning: Guidance for Frontline Health Workers

This one-hour training discusses the difference between grief and mourning, why mourning is essential to healing, COVID-19’s impact on healthy mourning, and positive coping tools for helping those you serve navigate the grief process.

Helping Kids Cope with Grief and Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This one-hour training provides guidance on how grief affects children and teens at different developmental stages; how COVID-19 has impacted this; the importance of normalizing feelings and encouraging expression of feelings; and strategies for helping children understand, express themselves and mourn in healthy ways.

A Trauma Informed Approach to Supporting Children and Adolescents in the Age of COVID-19

This one-hour training provides an overview of the common reactions children exhibit when facing an emergency, typical stress responses, and how to communicate with and support children in regaining a sense of security.


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