In response to COVID-19, mental health providers have had to quickly and creatively adapt treatment delivery, with many transitioning to telehealth. Like those in other professions, many clinicians have likely found the shift to video-based work challenging (e.g., Jiang, 2020; Skalar, 2020). With the stress of using a new treatment delivery format, there is a risk of drift from evidence-based practice. However, this need not be the case.
Life after a traumatic injury can be scary and stressful. Beyond the general stressful life disruptions and uncertainties, there are often numerous follow-up appointments for the patient, such as physical rehabilitation, wound care, and pain management. There are also numerous professions with different goals involved in the care for the patient during this time, including surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, as well as mental health professionals.
Unfortunately, all people are likely to have something bad happen to them over the course of their lifetimes. Our team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine was interested in how people consider and catalog their various life events, including both direct, individually-experienced events and indirect, collectively-experienced ones, to determine which is their “worst” life event.