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The Vulnerability of and Risks to Workers in the Mental Health Services during the COVID-19 lockdown
Saturday 19th September 11.00am – 12.45pm
In recognition of the fact that that we cannot predict the development or outcome of the pandemic this paper raises a number of questions and attempts to explore these by focusing on experiences of workers from the beginning of lockdown in mid March to the easing of this at the end of June 2020.
In focussing on the vulnerability of workers during this pandemic Angela Foster will not be referring to those on the medical frontline, but instead will invite you to consider the vulnerability of the staff we didn’t hear about on the news; those working to keep their community based mental health services running for their needy and vulnerable clients many of whom may also pose a risk to themselves or others. In doing so she will also make reference to the experiences of therapists working in private practice. (Using the term client generically to include patients, clients and users of a range of mental health services.)
This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of CPD
Please note: This event will be conducted online via Zoom, details of which will be emailed to you upon registration.
About the Speaker:
Angela Foster is a psychiatric social worker, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant. She has worked in the public and voluntary sectors with clinical teams and managers in mental health, forensic services, substance misuse, childcare and student counselling. She gained experience in therapeutic communities and social work education before moving to the Tavistock Clinic where she helped to develop consultancy and training in community care and taught on postgraduate courses in social work and organisational consultation and psychoanalytic approaches. She has published several papers in journals and is co-editor and contributor to the book: Managing Mental Health in the Community: Chaos and Containment in 1998, co-editor and contributor to The Practice of Psychotherapy series published by Karnac on behalf of the London Centre for Psychotherapy, contributor to Addictive States of Mind (2013) and editor of Mothers Accused and Abused: Addressing Complex Psychological Needs.
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