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Bringing Greater Resilience to Our Communities with GRIT
Date posted: 11/1/2020
Topic: COVID-19
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to take hold across the United States, the National Institute for Human Resilience (NIHR) created GRIT – Greater Resilience Intervention Teams. The purpose of GRIT is to train volunteers in the community to promote wellness and resilience support to fellow community members – friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances – in the wake of the stress caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and future disasters.
Clinician's Corner: The Pandemic Wears Many Faces in Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy
StressPoints
Date posted: 11/24/2020
Topic: COVID-19
Earlier this year, none of us could have imagined that our day-to-day lives, or the lives of the individuals and families we serve, would change so dramatically and swiftly come March. Mental health problems have become more frequent and severe. Children are falling through the cracks in education. Families have lost loved ones. I could go on, but you all have already experienced or witnessed these changes. Indeed, COVID-19 has spurred a paradigmatic shift across every life domain, upsetting social norms, pushing us out of our comfort zones, and worse, putting some individuals and families at significant risk.
 
Research Methods: The Challenges of Conducting Traumatic Stress Research During COVID-19
StressPoints
Date posted: 11/24/2020
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and traumatizing for people across the globe. As trauma researchers, our instinct is to spring into action—rapidly conducting studies trying to understand the impact of these traumatic stressors and developing, proposing and testing ways to mitigate their harm. This is, of course, exactly what we should be doing. And yet with this, there come many problems that need to be considered. This article briefly raises some of these issues and asks what can be done to address these concerns.
Should We Keep Training Therapists in a Pandemic? An Example of a Virtual Facilitated Learning Collaborative for Written Exposure Therapy
Date posted: 10/5/2020
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted daily life, and now may not seem like the ideal time to embark on training. However, ongoing training is essential to ensure adequate availability of evidence-based treatments. This article highlights elements of a program that proved durable as an example of how teams may continue to provide clinician training during this unprecedented time.
Implementing PE During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips and Adaptations
Date posted: 09/14/2020
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new stressors and increased the potential for traumatic exposures. Home-based clinical videoconferencing allows patients to receive effective PTSD treatment that has been adapted for safe delivery during the pandemic. Clinical considerations when providing prolonged exposure therapy and suggestions for flexible adaptation are discussed. 
Should I initiate Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure with my patient during the COVID-19 pandemic? Patient-, provider-, and system-level factors for consideration?
Date posted: 08/31/2020
Topic: COVID-19
Article outlines factors to consider when deciding whether and how to initiate Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) for the treatment of PTSD with a given patient-provider pair during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis suggests key factors fall under three categories: patient factors, provider factors, and system-level factors.
Biological Perspectives: Evolution and Alterations of the Stress Response: Brief Considerations in the Era of COVID-19
StressPoints
Date posted: 07/30/2020
Topic: COVID-19
Jane Wagner’s words, “reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it,” highlight the dire truth that day-to-day life is stressful and, all too often, traumatic. Stress and trauma are not rare and isolated events; it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population is exposed to trauma [1]. However, resilience is the norm rather than the exception. Approximately 6% of trauma-exposed individuals will develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Like all psychiatric symptomology, stress response symptoms occur along a continuum and many people will experience some level of symptoms with great variability across populations [2].
Enhancing Social Support May Improve Cognitive Processing Therapy Outcomes in Telemedicine for PTSD
Date posted: 07/13/2020
Topic: COVID-19
Telehealth-based delivery of gold-standard posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT; Resick et al., 2017) has been shown to be no less effective than in-person delivery of care (Morland et al., 2014, 2015). Yet providers may be curious about what might improve outcomes. Malleable characteristics, such as the amount of social support an individual perceives they have, are of special interest. Although some research has shown social support can encourage greater reductions in PTSD symptoms (Price et al., 2018), individuals living in rural areas might have important differences. Therefore, we set out to evaluate whether pre-existing perceived social support could enhance the effects of CPT for rural American military veterans participating in a pragmatic randomized effectiveness trial of telehealth-based collaborative care for PTSD (Fortney et al., 2015).
Media Matters: Social Media Exposure to COVID-19: How Misinformation Impacts Mental Health
StressPoints
Date posted: 07/30/2020
Topic: COVID-19
As the world remains in their homes in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the withdrawal from daily life has moved conversations about the illness to social media. Within weeks of scientists identifying COVID-19, rumors and misinformation spread faster than the illness itself. As the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General said at the Munich Security Conference, “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic” (Hua & Shaw, 2020).
SIG Spotlight: Trauma and Substance Use Disorders
StressPoints
Date posted: 07/30/2020
Topic: COVID-19
A recent publication by the ISTSS Trauma and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) SIG co-chairs (Banducci & Weiss, in press) provides recommendations for caring for patients with co-occurring PTSD-SUD during the COVID-19 pandemic. We summarize these strategies here.
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