“Holding Space for the Space holders" Part 1 - Loss and Anxiety

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Part I Mike Blanche - Loss and Anxiety: Navigating the new normal

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Our society has all been faced with situational mental health issues in the “new normal” of COVID-19. Remaining resilient through these symptoms for ourselves and our clients is vital as we have had to face mild depression to anticipatory anxiety as a normal part of the day. Understanding clinical framework to navigate classic coping mechanisms in these uncharted times while having insights into mental health outlets to develop and strengthen to face what unknown is to come is a goal of the presentation. Furthermore, in the shared experience of collective trauma, we will explore the nature of vicarious trauma and vicarious post-traumatic growth for the professional.

Cognitive Behavioral therapy is the narration of what we tell ourselves what just happened and what could be coming down the road. Beginning to put a language on the ambiguous loss as a society that we have all faced with the absence of presence in past six weeks will assist in our healing. Preparing ourselves for the constant wave of uncertainty, what we call anticipatory anxiety, and developing healthy coping and stress management are vital tools for all aspects at this time. As Clinicians we are tasked to be present for these experiences while also experiencing some of the same symptoms. Rooted in Object Relations Theory and Attachment Theory Mike would like to explore the intersection of our clients needs with our own. Understating acute relapse prevention and anxiety reduction for our clients as well ramping back to life and work will also be a main goal of the first workshop.

Mike Blanche Bio:

Michael Blanche is a licensed clinical social worker that has over twenty-five years of experience providing direct clinical treatment for those who are diagnosed with addiction and other psychological issues. Michael is the Co-Founder of ETHOS Treatment an Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment program with three locations in the Philadelphia area as well Therapeutic Alliance outpatient programs. Michael is a leading expert in the field of prevention. Michael has been an adjunct professor at West Chester University and Bryn Mawr College Schools of Social Work and has been a consultant to a number of schools in the Philadelphia area specializing in providing workshops on prevention talks and staff development. Michael is known for working with complex individuals and their families assisting in difficult times of discerning the appropriate level of care or proper placement.

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