The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted to a long-term, endemic public health issue and away from an “emergency” response. For most employees across sectors, including those in early childhood education and support, this mindset shift may be more difficult than many realize. While some families and individuals are still struggling to manage risks associated with COVID, many have begun to move forward, and there may be conflicting priorities in the workplace and at home. In this presentation participants will learn behavioral health considerations related to the phases of large-scale disaster recovery. Information about the physical and neuro-chemical processes at work when we transition from “emergency” mode into something else, and why it is often hard to do so. Developmentally specific current issues in behavioral health, and strategies for supporting children, youth, and teens. Communication strategies at home and at work for effectively working through difficult topics. Strategies for working through grief, loss and anger, and managing our complex emotional, cognitive and interpersonal challenges. Finally finding ways to re-connect meaningfully with our work and things that matter at home and in community.
Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, teaches as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. She also owns Astrum Health, LLC, and consults with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities. Dr. Mauseth has provided training to community groups and professionals both regionally and abroad as the co-developer of the Health Support Team© program. Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience, and recovery from trauma as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation for organizations. She has worked abroad extensively with disaster survivors and refugees and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States, and currently serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC).