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Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series: Part 3- Task-Shifting To Address Increasing Challenges
Many people turn to their faith leaders when they have a concern or fear. For many people, even those with no mental health diagnosis, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased fears and concerns exponentially. Sometimes these emotions increase so much that they need to be addressed with specialized expertise that understands mental health concerns. This webinar series will help you consider and prepare for the mental health challenges that may arise during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will include research on mental health and strategies for next steps in the days and months ahead.

“Task-shifting” is a term used to describe when non-mental health professionals are trained to use specific skills when addressing mental health concerns. This strategy is employed when there are not enough mental health professionals available to address the level of mental health needs in a specific community, such as when a natural disaster occurs. With the expected increase of mental health challenges related to COVID-19, our third webinar in this webinar series will highlight faith-based and community groups that are using online training and resources to develop mental health skills in their leaders.

May 26, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer @Hope and Healing Center & Institute
Matthew S. Stanford, PhD is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHCI) in Houston, TX and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. Dr. Stanford’s research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Christianity Today, and U.S. News & World Report. This also the author of multiple books, conducts training seminars, and serves individuals living with mental illness and their families.
Evan Owens
Co-Founder and Executive Director @Reboot Recovery
Evan is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of REBOOT Recovery which helps veterans, first responders and their loved ones heal from the moral and spiritual wounds of trauma. Since 2012, REBOOT has expanded to more than 250 locations nationwide. Evan has authored several books, including the REBOOT trauma healing curriculum, and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences in the trauma recovery space. Evan was formerly the CEO for Centresource. Under his leadership, Centresource was named to the INC 5000 and the Inner City 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the US lists.
Dr. Farha Abbasi
Assistant Professor @Department of Psychiatry, Michigan State University
Dr. Farha Abbasi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and core faculty member of the Muslim studies program. She is from Pakistan and settled in the United States in the year 2000 with her three daughters. In January of 2009, Dr. Abbasi received the American Psychiatric association SAMSHA Minority fellowship. She used the grant money to create awareness about cultural competency, to redefine it as not just tolerance but acceptance. Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She works directly with Muslim American community to encourage integration rather than isolation from mainstream society. She is the founding director of the Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. Dr. Abbasi has received numerous awards for her service to the community and promoting mental health.