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Wellness and Resilience During COVID-19

Methods for Building Wellness and Resilience

Thank you to Andrea Northwood, PhD, LP, CVT’s Director of Client Services at Center for Victims of Torture for this overview and  introduction to wellness and resilience resources.

We recognize that this time of uncertainty can be very anxiety-provoking and challenging. Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented global health pandemic, and it is affecting all aspects of our lives, including our families and friends, work, communities, and cultures. Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19 either directly or indirectly; our thoughts and heartfelt wishes for safety and recovery are with you and your loved ones. Amidst all these changes, we want to draw on the lived experience & wisdom of CVT’s clinical family to start ongoing conversations about ways you can take care of yourself, your friends and family to cope with the new stresses we are all facing. Things you can do take care of yourself and others around you:

More Multilingual COVID-19 Resources

The Endangered Languages Project has resources (factsheets and some videos) in many, many languages: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=a6e552c6-fab17bed-a6e563f9-0cc47a6d17cc-1b447566ab2a9e43&u=https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DyvjFYRsOkpH9UeEBEmgFd6ehSLfpMtw8j6ZFvV8JPA/edit

CHC Pediatric Refugee Clinic recently worked to create videos in ten languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Kirundi, Maay Maay, Somali, Swahili) with basic COVID-19 information and how to stay healthy.

Self-Care during COVID-19

It is important to remember to take time to care for yourself in stressful situations like the one we are dealing with currently. Self care can be different for everyone. Here are some ways that you can help to care for yourself during this time, which will help build your resilience and ability to care for others.

Create healthy boundaries when you are working from home. This will give you time required to care for yourself.

Multilingual COVID-19 Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Below are a list of fact sheets and resources from the CDC on COVID-19 on information about the virus, facts, sypmptoms, ways to slow the spread, and what to do if you or someone you care for is sick:

What To Do if You are Sick 

This fact sheet lets you know how to help prevent spreading the coronavirus disease 2019 if you are sick with the virus or think you are. Follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community. Available in EnglishSpanishFrenchSimplified ChineseArabicDariFarsi

COVID-19 Resources

On this page you will find links to resources on a number of subjects to help you, your staff, and your clients. The National Capacity Building Project (NCB) is planning to organize technical support activities and resources to SOT programs, as you continue to adapt your services within your respective programs and locations.  Subject matter may include telehealth, mind-body/stress management, self-care, among others. We will be updating these pages with informaion on a daily basis.

Information on Tele-Therapy Software

Below are some tele-health software shared with us by a variety of different organizations through various channels including NCB's Advisory Group and our listserv. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any platform. If you would like to share information with us to post, please email Ann Lundberg, NCB Logistics and Communications Coordinator, at alundberg@cvt.org.

Tips on Working from Home

Working from home has advantages and disadvantages in the best of times. With the current social distancing that is being required of us to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 working from home can be isolating and challenging. Below are some tips on working from home that were recieved from our listserv and other resources. Feel free to add your tips for working from home in the comment section. We would love to here from you!

Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial

The article can be found here: Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial, in the journal BMC Family Practice. The authors of the study are Andrea K. Northwood, Maria M. Vukovich, Alison Beckman, Jeffrey P. Walter, Novia Josiah, Leora Hudak, Kathleen O’Donnell Burrows, James P. Letts and Christine C. Danner.

Organizational development with torture rehabilitation programs: An applied perspective

Kristi Rendahl, assistant professor & director, Nonprofit Leadership Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and organizational development consultant, CVT; and Pamela Kriege Santoso, project manager, Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) Project, CVT, have an article published in the journal Torture, titled “Organizational development with torture rehabilitation programs: An applied perspective.”

The Science of Empathy, Empathic Reflection, and Empathic Regulation in Clinical Care

Scientific studies of the clinical impact of empathy have mushroomed over the past decade. The neurosciences have been linking the brain to social behaviors. For many, empathic listening to the trauma stories of torture survivors is seen as being at the heart of therapy. This webinar presents a brief overview of the history and science of empathy. The discovery of the biological basis of empathy "the mirror neurons” will be discussed.

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