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*VIRTUAL* Conversation with Dale Larson, PhD: The Challenge of Caring in Challenging Times

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

COVID-19 catapulted us all into uncharted territory — a world where isolation, physical distancing, uncertainty, shattered assumptions, and a multitude of other unanticipated stressors are dramatically changing our lives. When serious illness strikes, and loved ones die without bedside presence, grieving the loss becomes more complex and potentially more traumatic. Providing care for an older family member or friend with a chronic illness or disability has become even more challenging. 

As providers of care, clinicians face excessive workloads, the threat of being infected or infecting others, bereavement overload, and the task of providing compassionate person-centered care via telemedicine and teletherapy, all at a time when our usual social support and self-care practices are strained or absent. There is a consensus that this perfect storm of conditions threatens all caregivers with increased risk of high levels of burnout, moral distress, and secondary traumatization that could have long-term psychological implications. 

In this talk, Dale Larson will draw upon a growing body of research in positive psychology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy telling us how we can emerge from this crisis with new insights and self-care practices to energize and sustain us in the years ahead. 


To keep our community safe, our events are now being held online. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. Your Zoom link and Zoom phone numbers (for those calling in) will be in your email confirmation.

Please note that this event will be recorded and posted on Mission Hospice’s YouTube channel. If you do not wish your image to appear, please turn off your camera while attending.

Contact Susan at 650.532.2396 with questions.


Susan Barber

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