This online seminar provides a general understanding of common emotional responses to the pandemic – worry, anxiety, demoralization, moral distress -- and offers efficient strategies to deal with them. A focus will be on the witnessing model, developed by Kaethe Weingarten, PhD that describes four different witness positions that affect people in their daily lives. Ways of moving into the only effective position are suggested. Concrete ideas for remaining in one’s resilient zone, not stuck too high, not stuck too low, are also be described. A prevention approach to the development of PTSD is also shared.
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About the Facilitator
Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D., directs the Witness to Witness Program (W2W) whose goal is to help the helpers, primarily serving health care workers, attorneys, domestic violence advocates and journalists working with vulnerable populations. She was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry from 1981-2017 and a faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge where she founded and directed the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience. She has published six books and over 100 articles and essays.