COVID-19 Stress in Healthcare Workers

Presented by Martha Teater, LMFT, LPC on 08-27-2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created trying times for healthcare workers—behavioral health clinicians, dentists, rehab professionals, physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, hospital and clinic workers, public health personnel, pharmacists, emergency services personnel, and others. Both essential and non-essential workers may be dealing with overwhelming stress and frustration due to the unique, unprecedented pressures of the pandemic such as increased personal risk, limited resources, new workplace protocols, and/or the challenges of functioning outside of best practices. Many workers may be experiencing fear, anxiety, fatigue, sleep problems, overwhelming frustration, and other difficult mental health symptoms.

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Martha Teater will help mental health clinicians confront and mitigate their own COVID-19 stress by providing practical tools for staying well despite the circumstances. Martha will help participants gain insight into their own stress points. She will lead participants through the process of creating a stress-reduction plan for work and home to prevent or mitigate professional burnout.

Martha will also cover treatment strategies and tools clinicians can use in therapy with workers impacted by COVID-19 stress. She will discuss the causes and signs of COVID-19 stress as well as methods for developing tools to stay emotionally healthy in the face of pandemic stress. 

This 2-hour introductory level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe causes of COVID-19 stress.
  2. List symptoms of stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Develop ideas to enhance one's wellness at work and prevent professional burnout. 
  4. Create a plan to maintain one's personal well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  5. Apply mindfulness in practical ways to increase relaxation and relieve stress.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents clinical information that combines established psychotherapeutic methods such as cognitive approaches and mindfulness tools. It is consistent with the ethics code of the American Psychological Association. This program discusses strategies for applying the methods taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. A body of research surveyed in the program suggests that the methods are effective and safe. As always, however, the misapplication of psychotherapeutic interventions with mentally vulnerable populations can lead to harmful outcomes.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: Martha Teater conducts trainings, provides clinical services, and has written books related to the content of this program.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. To receive CE credit hours for an archived recording, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events are generally considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395. GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

Martha Teater, LMFT, LPC

Martha Teater, LMFT, LPC

Martha Teater is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed clinical addictions specialist. In private practice in western North Carolina since 1990, she now lives in Denver, Colorado, and sees people in both states through telehealth. 

Martha has presented workshops in 39 states and internationally on topics such as COVID-19 stress, behavioral treatment of chronic pain, compassion fatigue, trauma, and diagnosis.

She has published over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Psychotherapy Networker and Family Therapy Magazine. She is the co-author of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook and Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope

You can learn more about Martha at her websites: marthateater.com and teaterhs.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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