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Session 9 | No Day at the Beach: Addressing Post-Pandemic Trauma

Session Summary

For most people, a pandemic or crisis will be associated with increased uncertainty and stress. When we are under stress, we are more likely to trigger the “survival” or “fight or flight” responses in our brain. For some, this may mean difficulty with executive functions. For others, it could mean difficulty managing emotional responses or difficulty making decisions. How we respond to a crisis is individualized. The global pandemic has affected us as health care workers and the residents we serve. How should we as staff care for and approach our residents? How should we approach our staff and each other? How will our future interactions be affected and how can we promote healing? This session will review these concepts and more as we look at using a trauma-informed approach to addressing crisis.