Webinar: Socioemotional tools for maintaining mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University, along with the Black Dog Institute, hosted a webinar on ‘Socioemotional tools for maintaining mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 Pandemic’. This is a recording of the webinar that took place on 21 May 2020.

This practical webinar focuses on strategies to help individuals and families, including how to stay emotionally well, foster connections with others and incorporate play.It draws on four specialist Psychologists in a conversation facilitated by Associate Professor Bruce Christensen from the Research School of Psychology.

This webinar covers:
- General coping strategies
- How to manage emotions
- The importance of play
- How to build personal communities and stay connected with others

 

 

Panel of Presenters

Caitlin Hope trained as a clinical psychologist in the Research School of Psychology at The Australian National University. Dr Hope now manages the therapeutic team at SFAC (Strengthening Families For Abandoned Children) in the United Kingdom, a small children’s charity with a global reach. Dr Hope’s experience also includes working with trauma survivors and vulnerable children in India and Kenya.

Amy Dawel is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Research School of Psychology at The Australian National University. Dr Dawel’s research focus is on how people understand emotions, and the role of emotional processing in empathy.

Evan Kidd is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Psychology at The Australian National University, and a Senior Investigator and Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Dr Kidd’s research includes work on the contributions of play to childhood development.

Tegan Cruwys is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Research School of Psychology at The Australian National University. Dr Cruwys’ research has dual goals of advancing our theoretical understanding of the social determinants of health, and translating this science to improve outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

Webinar Facilitator

Bruce Christensen is Associate Dean (Culture and Wellbeing), ANU College of Health and Medicine and Associate Professor, Director of Professional Programs, in the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. Dr Christensen has extensive experience as a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist.

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