Supporting Optimal Coping with The Anxiety and Stress of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Supporting Optimal Coping with The Anxiety and Stress of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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*Program Offers 1.5 APA CE for Psychologists and 1.5 BBS CEU for Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers. Please note, once this course is completed an APA Certificate will be automatically generated. If you require a BBS California CEU Certificate it may take up to two weeks to receive via email.*

Many Americans are reporting anxiety and a sense of stress about the COVID-19 pandemic. The health threat, the disruption of usual schedules and activities, and the lack of control over rapidly changing life-events all are undermining individual’s sense of safety and self-confidence. Rapid fire media attention to the global impact of the pandemic is heightening the sense of urgency and threat for the general public. Individuals with pre-existing emotional and psychiatric disorders are reporting exacerbations of their symptoms and usually calm individuals are reporting preoccupation and anxiety


This webinar will bring together leading mental health experts from North American universities to discuss coping strategies, self-care skills, and lifestyle supports for emotional and physical well-being. The presenters will provide attendees with practical skills applicable for their own lives and also for their patients/clients/students.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major threat to individuals and communities, with serious health impact and dramatic economic impact. Nevertheless, this threat can provide a useful opportunity for each person to consider current coping and to adopt new self-care habits that will provide a pathway for improved well-being long-term

Meet the Presenters:

Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University, Pasadena, CA.

Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and integrative/functional nutrition. Dr. Moss is the Education Chair of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). Moss has three books with collaborator Angele McGrady on mind-body practices, self-care practices, and integrative healthcare: Integrative Pathways: Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer, 2018), Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003).

Barbara S. McCann, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington.

Barbara S. McCann, PhD, is a Professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as a clinical psychologist with expertise in hypnosis. She holds the Mental Health Counseling and Hypnosis Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. She supports the brief behavioral interventions curriculum for the Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP) and provides individual supervision to the fellows. Dr. McCann has worked with patients from primary care clinics at Harborview Medical Center for the past 20 years, drawing on brief behavioral interventions to address anxiety, depression, and related problems.

Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University

Dr. Gary Elkins is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he is the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Program. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Past-President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Elkins’ publications include Mindful Hypnotherapy: The Basics for Clinical Practice and The Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis: Foundations, Applications and Professional Issues.

Breeda M. McGrath, Ph.D. Associate Campus Dean Online, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Breeda McGrath, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. She currently serves as Associate Campus Dean for Online programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. McGrath previously served as Academic Dean of the Online and Chicago campuses and Department Chair of the International Psychology department. Breeda has also worked in public schools and private practice in the Chicago area and is a NASP PREPaRE trainer. Originally from Ireland, Dr. McGrath currently lives in Puerto Rico and engages in collaborative projects in Indonesia, India, Senegal, and Puerto Rico. She is a member of the APA Commission on Specialties and Proficiencies in Psychology (CRSPPP), Division 48 Small Grants Chair, Division 52 Membership Co-Chair, and UPCEA International Network Vice-Chair. Breeda serves as a pro-bono consultant to The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.