Psychological intervention guide: Intervening in the context of infectious disease outbreaks

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GUIDE. This guide offers support to mental health professionals in the context of the current global pandemic of SARS-Cov2 (Covid-19). It is the result of an extensive assessment of needs, both of populations affected by infectious disease outbreaks and of mental health professionals.

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Psychological intervention guide: Intervening in the context of infectious disease outbreaks: Abstract

Initially developed as part of the improvement of psychosocial care in communities affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), this guide is being made available to professionals in the current global pandemic context of SARS-Cov2 – also known as Covid-19.

This guide contains 9 modules, some of which must be completed over several sessions. Module 1 presents psychological first aid, which is very useful in an epidemic situation and helps to meet people’s immediate psychological and social needs during an epidemic. The second module offers the possibility of extensively assessing the needs of the people being cared for and several possibilities for mental health professionals. In the appendices, a set of assessment tools allows users to evaluate the mental health problems most frequently observed during epidemics of infectious diseases. The next 6 modules address psychotherapy techniques and assisted resilience. The last module addresses self-care because working during an epidemic situation comes with its share of anxiety for mental health professionals themselves and it was essential to take this into account to address their own well-being. If necessary, these modules can be repeated and adapted. For each module, we offer several possibilities to users, depending on the age of the patients and the clients, the difficulties presented, the social supports available, and their particular needs. It is a guide rooted in the work of mental health professionals during epidemics of infectious diseases.

This guide was produced as part of the project « Ebola virus disease in DR Congo and community mental health: assessment, prevention, and intervention ». This project is a collaboration between the University of Ottawa, McGill University, the University of Kinshasa, the University of Lubumbashi and the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, and is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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This guide offers support to mental health professionals in the context of the current global pandemic of SARS-Cov2 (Covid-19). It is the result of an extensive assessment of needs, both of populations affected by infectious disease outbreaks and of mental health professionals.

For who?

  • Mental health professionals (psychologists, social workers, nurses, psychosocial workers, etc.)

Table of contents

  • Module 1 – Providing Psychological First Aid: Intervening During the Crisis
  • Module 2 – Evaluating and Defining an Intervention Plan
  • Module 3 – Practicing Psychoeducation
  • Module 4 – Living and Working Through Bereavement
  • Module 5 – Practicing Relaxation
  • Module 6 – Working on Emotional Regulation
  • Module 7 – Recounting The Trauma Narrative
  • Module 8 – Supporting Resilience
  • Module 9 – Taking Care of Yourself and Your Team
  • References
  • Appendices

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Also available in French.

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