Mental Health Professional Resources

Free trainings

  1. The American Red Cross is offering a free 2 day live webinar on Psychological First Aid:  Helping Others in Times of Stress on April 13 and 14th from 1-3PM EST. It will provide 4 CEUs for behavioral health providers.
  2. Clearly Clinical is offering two 1 hour on-demand courses (each 1 CE): Making Sense of the Pandemic: Psychological Impact on Clients and Communities and Swiftly Transitioning to Online Therapy, Legally, Ethically, and Efficiently.
  3. The Center for Financial Social Work is providing a 1 hour (1 CE) webinar Coping with the Financial Reality of COVID-19  on April 9 at 2PM EST.
  4. The Center for Practice Transformation (University of Minnesota) is offering a 1 hour (1 CE) webinar Telehealth Delivery Training for Mental Health and Substance Use Providers on April 3 at 1PM EST.
  5. The Coalition on Human Needs is offering a webinar: Congress and COVID-19: What Has Passed and What Comes Next on April 3 at 2-3:30PM EST. “The legislation enacted so far takes some important steps towards protecting people and shoring up the economy. But it does not do enough, and Congress will have to return to ensure that the people most in need get adequate help.”
  6. Columbia School of Social Work is offering a 1 hour/CE [for NYS-, NJ- and CT-licensed social workers, and and NYS mental health counselors] webinar Self-Care During COVID-19 on April 8 at 8:30PM EST.
  7. Cornell School w/partners is offering a webinar Will seeking COVID-19 related care affect my immigration status? on April 13 at 12PM EST.
  8. Daryl Chow, PhD is making The First Kiss: Undoing The Intake Model and Igniting Engagement From the First Session in Psychotherapy, audiobook available until Sunday, APRIL 12th, 2020, for FREE! Enter promo code: safeapril. Many clients take the first step to see a psychotherapist and do not return after the first session. By following the concepts in this book, you will also develop a perennial framework to sustain your lifelong development plan in improving your first sessions and beyond.
  9. Deany Laliotis, LICSW is live streaming Therapy in a Time of Turmoil on April 3, 2020 at 12PM EST addressing questions about working with clients in these challenging new circumstances, and How do I help clients when I’m as unsettled and frightened as they are? How will I cope if one of my clients contracts the coronavirus? What if I do?
  10. Dr. Raja Selvam is offering a free 1.5 hour webinar on April 5, 2020 at 12:30PM EST titled Working with your clients and yourself during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  11. McSilver Institute is providing a webinar Supporting Families Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic on April 2 at 12PM EST, addressing the ways in which infants, toddlers and preschoolers are affected when their usual routines are disrupted and their ability to manage stress and stay regulated are compromised. It is also offering a webinar Identifying and Assisting the Most Vulnerable and Socially Isolated Adults Struggling with Behavioral Health Problems on April 2 at 2PM EST.
  12. The Military Healthy System is providing a 1.5 hour (1.5 CEs) webinar on Bioethical and Legal Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic for Health Care Providers on April 9 at 2-3:30PM EST.
  13. The Mind Body Training Institute is offering weekly support webinars for this difficult time period addressing offering services online, dealing with our own and our client’s stress and anxiety and keeping our businesses running.
  14. Northeast & Caribbean ATTC is offering a 2 part webinar Part 1: De-Escalation: Basic Tools for Social Workers on April 13 at 12-1:30PM EST and Part 2 on April 27 at 12-1:30PM EST.
  15. The NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) is providing various COVID-19 Training Resources including a replay of Best Practices for Mental Health that focuses on telehealth as a response to COVID-19.
  16. PESI is offering a free 12.5 Telehealth course for mental health providers that usually costs $440. To get this 2 day course for free, enter the code TELEFREE in the discount code field.
  17. Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute is offering a series of 6 weekly Friday webinars beginning April 3 at 1pm EST designed to assist therapists… drawn to the deep embodied wisdom of Somatic Experiencing® to be able to regulate nervous systems and restore a sense of safety and wellbeing.
  18. SocialWork.Career provides monthly roundups of free webinars for social workers and mental health providers. However, please note that due to the time and effort involved on updating this post, I will not be putting together a round-up of non COVID related webinars for April.
  19. Southern New Hampshire University is offering Free Online Resources for Educators, Frontline Workers, and the Public in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic – including a full set of free resources for educators to use as they transition to online instruction, free trainings for frontline workers who do not have the option to work from home and need guidance on how to work safely while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
  20. The Steve Frankel Group is offering an on-demand 5 hour/CE course Addressing Issues of Post-Disaster Trauma Relief for Victims and First Responders [no code required].
  21. The Vera Institute is offering a Limited English Proficient and Immigrant: COVID-19 Listening Session on April 9 at 2PM EST [opportunity to share the needs of advocates, activists and agencies working with immigrants and Limited English Proficient survivors]/
  22. EMDR specific trainings:
    1. Bessel van der Kolk, MD and Pesi are offering a 28 minute on-demand video Stearing ourselves and our clients through new and developing traumas.
    2. Central Ohio EMDR Connection is offering a free replay of the 2 hour webinar: Ethics of EMDR Therapy and Telehealth During COVID-19.
    3. The Personal Transformation Institute is offering a virtual EMDR training to help clinicians with doing virtual EMDR with their clients. (Please note that EMDR should only be practiced by trained/certified EMDR practitioners.)
    4. Robin Shapiro, LICSW is offering an on-demand 27 minute video recording of a portion of a March 27 workshop that she gave, focusing on the use of EMDR and therapeutic issues during COVID.
    5. Roy Kiessling presents EMDR Telehealth Hints (free on demand 50 minute video).
    6. Tend is sharing the “Feet on the floor,” a ‘grounding technique by Diana Tikasz, to use with clients after an EMDR session.
    7. The Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute is offering two webinars: Grounding Techniques In Tele-Therapy (1 hr/CE) on April 9 at 9AM, April 10 at 1PM and 2:30PM EST,  and Trauma Therapy Innovations: Intensive Trauma-Focused Therapy & the Flash
      Technique (3 hrs/CEs/EMDRIA CEs) on April 9 at 1PM and April 10 at 9AM EST.

Hospice and Palliative Care [Social Media Hashtags to follow: #PalliativeCare #pallicovid #palliatecoronavirus #highriskcovid]

  1. Grieving in Exceptional Times – The Irish Hospice Foundation notes how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the traditional ways we mark our grief, and shares different ways that can support ourselves and each other.
  2. How to talk about some difficult topics related to COVID-19 from VitalTalk.
  3. Maintaining the “Palliativeness” During Video Visits – 16 minute video from MGH Psychiatry.
  4. Specific phrases & word choices that can be helpful when speaking with patients/families during COVID19 – resource for hospice and palliative care.
  5. The Palliative Care Social Workers group has put together a handbook of Good Practices for Social Work COVID-19. This is a working document of the National Palliative Care Commission of Portugal and the Social Work task-force of the Portuguese Palliative Care Association.
  6. The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network has put together Resources for Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work Professionals including topics such as respecting choices, serious illness conversations, and a six-step protocol for delivering bad news.
  7. COVID-19 Palliative Resources -from the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance continually updated.
  8. 10 Ideas for Funerals and Memorials When You Can’t Be Together – from What’s Your Grief.

Serving Immigrant Families

  1. Covid19 resources for undocumented communities
  2. Immigrant Workers’ Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet
  3. National Immigration Law Center – Update on Access to Health Care for Immigrants and Their Families
  4. Protecting Immigrant Families – Factsheet: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Health
  5. Protecting Immigrant Families – Talking Points: Coronavirus
  6. Resources for Immigrants during the coronavirus crisis

Serving Communities with Special Needs

Social Work/Higher Education Resources [Social Media Hashtags to follow: #swCOVID19 #SocWorkEd #swtech #MacroSW #socialwork]

  1. COVID-19 Resources and Updates for Social Workers from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
  2. COVID-19: Can you practice teletherapy across state lines?  The Shrink Space blog has created a chart summarizing the emergency changes (temporary) made to out-of-state licensure requirements.
  3. Ethical Exceptions for Social Workers in Light of the #COVID19 Pandemic and Physical Distancing from the New Social Worker Magazine.
  4. The 1 minute film “MASK,” produced by two Fordjam students, Yang Xu, FCLC ’21, and Mengxuan Annie Du, FCLC ’20, captures the impact of the stigma surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic within a private phone call between an Asian mother and daughter who live on opposite sides of the world.
  5. Digital divide resources during the pandemic from Nten…around 60 million Americans lack access to the internet. A tool to understand the level of connectivity in your community is the Digital Divide Index.
  6. Expert Faculty Tips and Guidance from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
  7. Field education alternatives and tech tools for teaching social work online
  8. In this 5 minute Face COVID animation, Dr Russ Harris, illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.
  9. A Futures Lens for Covid-19 – Resources for Social Workers, Change Agents, Educators and the Helping Professions – Social Work Futures has gathered resources to support student learning.
  10. Leading in a Time of Crisis: Technology Resources for Right Now – a replay of this special webinar offered by theGrand Challenge for Social Work’s Harness Technology for Social Good network and a copy of the slides are available to provide leaders in social work education information about resources they can give to educators, field faculty, and service providers who are using technology.
  11. NSWM has rounded up additional helpful COVID resources.
  12. New Field Guidelines from CSWE Due to the Pandemic – students who have completed 85% of their required placement hours (i.e., 340 hours for baccalaureate and 765 hours for master’s) to a satisfactory level may, at program discretion, be evaluated as having met their program’s requirements.
  13. Practical Beginner’s Guide to Digital Collaboration: for communities and citizens first using these tools to coordinate activity and organize.
  14. Quarantine: infection prevention, but at what cost for mental health? – from The Mental Elf. Strategies to reduce negative impact on mental health include: Providing people with as much information as possible, providing adequate supplies and promoting altruism over compulsion in maintaining quarantine.
  15. Self-Care Starter Kit℠ exercises/worksheet from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work
  16. Social Work Assignments related to increasing digital competence in the context of traditional social work curriculum, by Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, Melanie Sage and Nancy J. Smyth. These may be helpful when you are thinking about how to revise assignments to incorporate technology.
  17. When the COVID-19 Pandemic Leaves Clients Feeling Helpless – Bessel van der Kolk, MD provides a few ideas to help clients regain a sense of agency during the pandemic in a brief video from NICABM.
  18. A series of posts to help social workers and social work educators build a professional learning (or collaboration) network (co-authored by self and others):
    1. What is a Professional Collaboration Network (PCN) & why do you need one?
    2. Twitter for your Professional Collaboration Network (PCN)
    3. How do you do relational Twitter?: Developing your Professional Collaboration Network
    4. Using Twitter at a Professional Conference