Explore how these groundbreaking approaches can help us heal from the collective trauma of COVID-19.
We are living in unprecedented times.
COVID-19 has plunged us into the depths of a global crisis, the likes of which we haven’t seen since World War Two.
Almost overnight, we’ve been thrown into social isolation, lost loved ones, experienced redundancies, and had some of our most basic freedoms taken away. Every aspect of our lives has changed and we must do things entirely differently from how we did things before. For example, you may need to use PPE for simple day-to-day activities such as food shopping or queuing outside the bank. You have to maintain two metres distance from every single person you encounter whilst walking down the street. It is illegal to pop into your neighbours garden to chat about your weekend plans, and it is illegal to see friends, family and partners unless you live with them. You cannot travel more than five miles from your house and you can’t go to work unless you are an essential worker. Schools and universities are closed. Personal care is banned. Holidays are banned. All forms of socialising are banned. All of this is contributing to a kind of ‘collective trauma’, which is affecting our mental health and wellbeing on a planetary scale.
As we adjust to our ‘new normal’, research is showing that rates of depression, anxiety and suicide are on the rise – particularly among vulnerable groups.
What can we do about this?
How can we best heal from the collective trauma we are all experiencing? And might it be possible to emerge from the crisis stronger than we were before it began?
These are just some of the questions the speakers will discuss at The Weekend University this month.
In this series of talks, we’ll explore:
– Healing Collective Trauma; the science of cultural and intergenerational trauma, how this phenomenon affects groups just as acutely as it does individuals, and how the Collective Trauma Integration Process (CTIP) can be applied to heal from the collective trauma caused by COVID-19 – Thomas Hübl
– The Science of Building Mental Resilience; the latest psychological research into COVID-19, how the crisis is impacting our mental health and sense of meaning in life, and how we can improve our psychological and social resilience both during and after COVID-19 – Dr Joel Vos
– Post Traumatic Growth; what we can learn from indigenous peoples who have experienced continuous collective traumas at the hands of European settlers, how their experiences can teach us to utilize this period as a time of breakthrough, and how you can apply the new science of post traumatic growth to make your ‘new normal’ a ‘better normal’ – Dr Sousan Abadian
You’ll learn how these insights can improve your own psychological wellbeing in times of crisis, and also how they can be applied to help others do the same.