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The Covid-19 Pandemic - Where are we now?: Supporting people living with uncertainty, trauma and loss

24 June 2022 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Covid-19 Pandemic - Where are we now?: Supporting people living with uncertainty, trauma and loss

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented, global mental health challenges.

As we adapt to living with Covid-19, we invite you to join us for this half-day webinar, hosted by the BPS Crisis, Disaster & Trauma (CDT) section, with a series of engaging presentations (each 20 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A) from psychologists supporting children, young people and adults living with pandemic-related psychological stress and distress, exploring common themes of coping with uncertainty, trauma and loss.

Aims and learning outcomes:

The webinar aims to provide delegates with a brief overview of some of the key topics relevant to our understanding of pandemic-related stress and distress, and psychological supports being developed to help people coping with uncertainty, trauma and loss, including:

  • A psychobiological perspective on adaption to prolonged stress and uncertainty
  • Mental health impacts of the pandemic on children and young people, and psychological interventions to support children and schools
  • Symptoms of ‘long covid’, with results shared from a mindfulness and resilience group intervention designed to support recovery
  • Themes and risks in Covid bereavement
  • Effects of the pandemic on people help-seeking due to PTSD/past trauma
  • Lived experiences of refuges and asylum seekers during the pandemic – the VOICES network
09:30 Welcome and Introduction

How do we cope with prolonged stress and uncertainty? A psychobiological perspective.

Dr Sarita Robinson, University of Central Lancashire


Supporting children and young people’s mental health during the pandemic.

Dr Siobhan Currie, Senior Educational Psychologist/Chair Youthworks, Northamptonshire


Covid Mindfulness and Resilience Training (COMFORT) – Is it just comfort, or something more? Qualitative and quantative results of five post-Covid groups.

Dr Agnes Kocsis, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Amiad Abrahams, Health Psychologist, Dept. of Clinical Health Psychology, St Mary’s Hospital London

10:55 Break

Themes and Risks in Covid Bereavement

Dr Erin Hope Thompson, Clinical Psychologist & Director of The Loss Foundation


Understanding the experiences of people with PTSD during the pandemic.

Dr Louisa Battenshaw, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Lucy Purnell, Trainee Psychologist, University of East Anglia


Experiences of refugees and asylum seekers during the pandemic: The Voices network

Dr Anne Douglas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

12:25 Closing remarks



Dr Siobhan Currie

Educational Psychologist and Chair of Youthworks, Northamptonshire

Dr Siobhan Currie is Chair Elect of the British Psychological Society's Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section and a Senior Educational Psychologist. She has worked at all levels in psychology services to schools and families and has led a critical incident response team for over 10 years. Her doctoral research at UCL focused on schools’ responses to critical incidents and the confidence of teachers to implement a psychological first aid approach. Currie, S., Hayes, B. (2021) Psychological Support for Schools following a crisis or disaster: The Journey of Recovery. BPS Publications.


Dr Anne Douglas

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, former Head of Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS Trauma Service

Dr Anne Douglas is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist andsecretary of the BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section. Anne worked in the NHS for 35 years where she was pivotal in setting up specialist trauma teams and helping to develop trauma-informed organisations. She now works in Independent Practice, providing consultation to organisations and individuals working in the field of Trauma. Anne was a member of the BPS Presidential Task Force for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, presenting to an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting and contributing to BPS Guidelines for Psychologists working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Anne will present on her work exploring the experiences of refuges and asylum seekers during pandemic, carried out with the Voices network.


Dr Sarita Robinson

Deputy Head of School of Psychology & Computer Science, University of Lancashire Dr Survival

Dr Sarita Robinson completed her PhD in Cognitive and Neuroimmune Responses to Threat at Lancaster University before joining the University of Central Lancashire in September 2005 as a Lecturer. Sarita’s current role is as Deputy Head in the School of Psychology and Computer Science. Sarita’s research looks at human responses to survival situations, the use of simulator training for emergency training and post-traumatic growth. Sarita also plays an active role as a committee member for the British Psychological Society’s Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section and for the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. Both of these roles allow Sarita to contribute, at a national level, to policy and practice relating to dealing with emergency responses and trauma treatment.


Dr Erin Thompson

Clinical psychologist and Director of The Loss Foundation

Dr Erin Thompson is a clinical psychologist and Director of The Loss Foundation, set up to provide free bereavement support to people who have experienced loss due to cancer. Erin will share the experience of clinical psychologists in delivering evidence-based therapy groups adapted from cancer loss for people bereaved by covid, exploring themes arising in groups such as trauma and guilt, and examining risk factors for prolonged grief disorder (PGD).


Dr Louisa Battenshaw

Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Recovery & Trauma Informed Teams, Surrey & Borders NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

Dr Louisa Buttanshaw is a Clinical Psychologist working at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP). Louisa is based in a community mental health team, working with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and in SABP’s Trauma Informed Care team, where she delivers training in Trauma Informed Care. Louisa is particularly interested in understanding responses to trauma, psychological treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and compassionate approaches to staff well-being.

Lucy Purnell is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of East Anglia working for the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). Lucy’s main research interest is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is currently doing research for her thesis with Richard Meiser-Stedman into clinician perspectives on PTSD treatment.

Louisa and Lucy carried out qualitative research to understand the experiences of the pandemic for people who had sought help for PTSD prior to the pandemic. Their paper was published in 2022 and can be viewed here.


Dr Agnes Kocsis 

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at St Mary’s Hospital and a founder of the Central & Northwest London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Agnes Kocsis is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at St Mary’s Hospital in London and a founder of the Central & Northwest London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) Centre for Anxiety, Stress & Trauma  (CAST)

Amiad Abrahams is a Health Psychologist working in the department of clinical health psychology at St Mary’s Hospital, London and is the deputy lead of the North-West London Post-Covid Psychology Network. Amiad is working clinically with adults with post covid symptoms, and was involved in the development and facilitation of Post Covid services and interventions.

The St Mary’s clinical health psychology team are currently piloting a group intervention to support people recovering from long covid, the ‘Covid Mindfulness and Resilience Training’ (COMFORT) programme. Agnes and Amiad will present the experience of delivering this intervention, and quantitative and qualitative results from five groups now run.

Registration is available online only.

All rates listed are inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Student Concession £10.00

CDT Member


First 70 places are Free of Charge, after which the price rises to £10.00

If you are an CDT member and the discounted rate is not automatically applied please enter the code 'CDTMEMDISC' in the promotional code box on the basket page then click 'update'

BPS Member £30.00
Non-BPS Member £60.00

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