Full course description
Our society is experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health symptom. Persons with anxiety disorders are reporting increased symptoms and episodes and most people are experiencing some symptoms of anxiety related to the current health crisis. The coronavirus has compounded levels of stress experienced by racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ populations in our society. This course takes a comprehensive look at anxiety disorders and stress, the impact on diverse populations, and the increased challenges and anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Primary anxiety disorders will be reviewed including phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Treatment approaches and the impact of the coronavirus on these disorders will be discussed. Research on the impact of stress on racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ individuals is provided. Challenges we have experienced due to the coronavirus and racial disparities in the number of cases are reviewed. Group discussions will focus on the challenges in our lives and the youth and families that we serve as well as coping strategies during the pandemic. Approaches for managing anxiety and challenges in the coronavirus age are provided and participants will develop an Individual Self Care Plan. Students earn 6 CEU's at successful completion of this training.
Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW