Ellen Lukens, PhD, LCSW-R, Firestone Professor of Professional Practice
Yamile M. Martí, LMSW, PhD, Lecturer
Psychoeducational models draw on an evidence-based approach and can be adapted for multiple settings and populations. The approach can be tailored to fit specific circumstances and focuses on a learning exchange between facilitator and participant. It is strengths-based and attends to coping, stress management, increased insight, grief and loss, social support, and personal and community advocacy, while maintaining a social justice and anti-oppressive perspective. This series is one of several developed by the CSSW COVID-19 Action Team that includes a group of faculty and administrators who represent various aspects of social work practice, programming, and policy.
Session 1: Naming the Experience & Beginning to Cope
This first session focuses on the basic principles and elements of psychoeducation with an embedded session that addresses concerns, challenges, and approaches for naming and coping with the COVID 19 crisis. It aims to convey the importance of creating synergy between informational and therapeutic content. The psychoeducational content addresses stress, coping, and healing. Subsequent sessions will use a psychoeducational and anti-oppressive lens to address issues related to grief and loss, social support, sleep, interpersonal violence, and stigma as related to the current and ongoing crisis.