COVID -19 Mental Health Series for Clinicians

COVID -19 Mental Health Series for Clinicians
Recognizing & Responding to Mental Health in a Global Pandemic 4-Part Series


1. Anxiety in the time of COVID-19 - November 5, 2020

COVID-19 increases and exacerbates anxiety. It creates a huge fear of the unknown coupled with one’s lack of ability to access services due to social distancing and quarantines.


  1. Identify factors that increase Anxiety Disorders during this global crisis.
  2. Explain the signs your client is suffering from Anxiety.
  3. Describe leading Anxiety Disorders effected by the pandemic
  4. Name interventions you can utilize in the home to assist in anxiety management.

2. The Importance of Therapeutic Relationship and Boundaries - November 12, 2020

Being able to develop a therapeutic relationship is the hallmark of an effective working relationship with a patient. This webinar will review how to establish a therapeutic relationship and how to set boundaries and limits to create a relationship that fosters positive outcomes. 


  1. Identify what is a therapeutic clinician-patient relationship.
  2. Describe strategies to develop a therapeutic relationship.
  3. Explain how to create an effective verbal contract with your patient.
  4. Differentiate a healthy vs. non-healthy relationship and the importance of boundaries in the relationship.
  5. Recognize how to set limits with patients.

3. Grief and Loss in a Global Pandemic - November 19

COVID-19 has stopped life for most people as they knew it. People not only may lose loved ones and fear for their own life but have a loss brought about by quarantines and social distancing. Grief and loss will be defined as well as the emotional and physical symptoms of grief. This webinar will focus on strategies to assess, manage, and develop care plans to help your clients manage grief and loss.


  1. Explain what grief and loss are and their emotional and physical symptoms.
  2. Discuss the warning signs of grief and loss and how to recognize.
  3. Describe how to assess for grief and loss in your patients.
  4. Identify how to develop care plans for your patients suffering from grief and loss.

4. Suicide Assessment and Prevention in a Global Crisis

Feelings of suicide are amplified in a global pandemic compounded by the increase in social isolation. The current pandemic will lead to increased suicide risk for certain vulnerable populations. Quarantines and social distancing may trigger suicidal thoughts. Learn who is vulnerable, how you can assess suicidality and strategies you can utilize to prevent suicide in your home care population.


  1. Recall what associated health factors are that can contribute to suicide.
  2. Discuss how to identify who is at risk for suicide and the common risk factors and warning signs.
  3. Review the steps to take when suicide risk is identified.
  4. Explain strategies to prevent suicide in the home care population.


Katherine Vanderhorst, RN-BC, BSN, CCM is President/Owner of C&V Senior Care Specialists a board-certified mental health nurse and certified care manager. She has specialized in geriatric care in the inpatient, home health and home care industries, as well as has consulted and trained for over 10 years in Dementia Care and Behavioral Health care across the health care continuum. She is the co-developer of the Road to Wholeness Behavioral Health and Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer Programs. She is the co-author of three books on Dementia Care; Care Giving for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Compassionate Guide for Clinicians and Loved ones and Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer Resource Guide for Families (version 1 and 2) (co-authored with Dr. Craven). Katherine works to help families keep their loved ones in the least restrictive environment that maximizes their function and quality of life.

Dr. Amy Craven, PT, MS, DPT, CCM is Vice President/Owner of C&V Senior Care Specialists, a Doctor of physical therapy and Certified Case Manager specializing in geriatric care. For more than 30 years Dr. Craven has worked in healthcare in both clinical and leadership positions. She has managed and marketed both Home Health and Home Care in WNY as an Administrator for a national agency. Dr. Craven has co-published two books Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer: A Resource Guide for Families and Care Giving for Alzheimer’s disease and Activities Guide: The Importance of Activities in the Person with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. She has been an invited speaker and presented at numerous conferences and events throughout the U.S. Dr. Craven is a dedicated professional who offers a collaborative approach to training and development in Dementia/Alzheimer’s and Behavioral health care. She believes that caregivers both family
and professional can benefit from knowledge.

11/5/2020 12:00 PM - 12/3/2020 1:00 PM
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