Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Wellness

Prepared by
Dr. Mélanie Joanisse, C.Psych.
Clinical and Health Psychologist

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Wellness (PDF)

Disclaimer: the tools provided in this workbook are not intended to be viewed as a replacement for psychological services provided by a trained professional. Please seek professional help if needed.


CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Use of Cloth Face Coverings during Pandemic: Wearing, Maintaining and Making Cloth Face Coverings


CPA Members Leading an International Study on Awareness, Attitudes, Impacts and Behaviors related to COVID-19: Please complete the Phase 2 survey!

The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca), along with international team of over 150 researchers from more than 40 countries around the world, are trying to assess the public perceptions, attitudes, concerns, and responses to the various measures put in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19. The study, led by Dr. Kim Lavoie (UQAM, CIUSSS-NIM) and Simon Bacon (Concordia University, CIUSSS-NIM) in collaboration with several CPA members from across Canada, will link the survey to policy and case data from around the world to estimate the effectiveness and impacts of current strategies used to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19. 

Thanks to your help, we received over 35,000 responses for phase 1! (see preliminary result updates here: https://mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19/stats-wave1/)

To find out more information or to take the Phase 2 survey (which is available in multiple languages), please go to: www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19

New “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets responding to COVID-19

The CPA has produced a series of Fact Sheets in response to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Why Does Culture Matter to COVID-19? – PDF | HTML NEW 06/04/2020
  • Grief, Bereavement and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/12/2020

  • Research Funding Information as relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Students as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Faculty and Researchers as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 05/08/2020

  • Emotional and Psychological Challenges Faced by Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PDF | HTML NEW 04/07/2020
  • Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML NEW 03/18/2020

  • Student Wellness and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 04/02/2020

  • Helping Teens Cope with the Impacts of and Restrictions Related to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 03/31/2020
  • Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML NEW 03/20/2020
  • Working from Home During COVID-19, With and Without Children – PDF | HTML NEW 03/17/2020
  • Coping With and Preventing COVID-19 – PDF | HTML Updated 04/04/2020

You can find all of our “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets here


Joint Technical Briefing Request – COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) has sent a Joint Technical Briefing Request – COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance.

 

“This is a an urgent request, on behalf of the Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) that represents 11 national professional health and social organizations, for a joint technical briefing on the newly introduced programs for businesses, employers and individuals as part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to help mitigate the economic impact of the outbreak….”

Click here to read the full Letter

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Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety: CPA Traumatic Stress Section

In these unprecedented times, the CPA Traumatic Stress Section executive wanted to reach out with a document of resources for managing COVID-19 anxiety. This document includes online resources including apps and media interviews, as well as potential strategies for managing COVID-19 cognitive distortions and other tips for managing mental wellness.

We hope you find them helpful and that you and your loved ones are keeping safe,
The CPA-TSS executive

  • CPA Traumatic Stress Section: Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety.
  • CPA Members Leading an International Study on Awareness, Attitudes, and Behaviors related to COVID-19

    We hope you are healthy and coping as well as possible with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has rapidly spread around the globe, and health authorities have been struggling to slow the spread of infection to protect people and healthcare resources.

    The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca) – which is affiliated with the University of Quebec at Montreal and Concordia University in Canada, has assembled an international team of over 100 researchers more than 20 countries around the world to assess public perceptions and responses to the various measures put in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    To do this, please complete a short 20-minute online survey about COVID-19. Your participation will contribute to better understanding the global and collective response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which may be used to improve current and future preventive strategies. Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be completely anonymous.

    To complete the survey, please click on the following link, which will take you to the survey’s main website. The survey is available in a number of different languages: www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19.

    In the future, you may receive another invitation to complete this survey, as it will be sent out every month until health authorities and governments remove the preventive measures (e.g., social distancing).

    Please share this message with as many of your personal and professional contacts and networks as possible. The more people that complete the survey, the more we learn about how to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

    If you have any questions about the study, please contact the team through the project email: covid19study@mbmc-cmcm.ca.

    Joint statement from APA, CPA, APPIC, and ASPPB regarding the impact of COVID-19 on psychology training in North America.

    Education & Training in Health Service Psychology – COVID-19 – Joint Statement Updated 3-19-2020

    The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) have received questions and concerns from programs and students concerned about how COVID-19 will impact their training experiences and if it will impact their completion of degree requirements. The range of ever-changing information, sometimes conflicting, from different organizations in which psychology graduate students train throughout the U.S. and Canada has contributed to increasing anxiety.

    The purpose of this communication is to provide information coordinated by APPIC, APA, CPA, and ASPPB about how information will be shared as it becomes available. The community should expect further updates as this situation continues to develop, and public health guidelines are clarified by various agencies. We will continue to review updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). We anticipate that COVID-19 will impact the ability of some students to complete their internship/residency requirements, as psychological services will be disrupted, and further travel regulations will result in postponed training and education in psychology as well as other health professions. This impact will affect internships and postdoctoral fellowships, as well as information about accreditation and licensure. We intend to continue to update programs as this situation evolves, prioritizing student, faculty, and patient safety.

    We recognize that programs may need to employ varying approaches and strategies that are influenced by individual institutional policies and procedures; local, state or provincial/territorial, and federal regulations; and possible variations in the spread of COVID-19. Licensing boards and colleges have to respond to jurisdictional requirements; as an accrediting agency recognized by the USDE (US Department of Education) and CHEA (Council of Higher Education Accreditation), the APA’s Commission on Accreditation (CoA) is charged with upholding minimum standards such that the public is assured that accredited psychology education and training programs conform to that which is delineated in the APA Standards of Accreditation; CPA’s Standards and Procedures need to enable accredited institutions to meet the provisions of their provincial/territorial degree granting authority and membership in Universities Canada. APPIC relies on its programs to ensure that ALL graduates meet the requirements, but also encourages programs to be flexible when possible and to follow institutional guidelines and employment rules typically controlled by individual sites regarding leave time.

    APPIC, the APA’s Commission on Accreditation and CPA’s Accreditation Panel believe that program faculty and supervisors are in the best position to make decisions during training about trainee competence, including psychological intervention and assessment. and we trust that performance requirements set by programs will be effective in assessing trainee competence and safety.

    Next Steps:

    For everyone, although we cannot issue a blank statement that will cover all training sites and all regulatory boards, rest assured that we – APA, CPA, APPIC, APA CoA (Commission on Accreditation), and CPA Commission on Accreditation Panel– are working with our programs to be flexible, and we are

    working with ASPPB and psychology regulatory boards to stay in communication and updated through this time. For up-to-date information about licensure jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction, visit the ASPPB website (www.asppb.net) that is updated daily as new information is available.

    We recognize that this is a stressful time for all stakeholders involved in education and training. Our organizations have staff who are available to assist you as situations arise. Please contact the appropriate agency with your questions, and please understand that there might not be immediate answers to some questions. We will do our best to give you updates as we learn more facts that impact training and licensure.

    March 6, 2020 Bulletin from CIHR

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    March 6, 2020

    GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INVESTS $27M IN
    CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH

    To further contribute to global efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of nearly $27 million to fund coronavirus research.

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    Backgrounder: Read about the funded projects

    Note: CIHR will be posting detailed information on the COVID-19 competition decisions next week.


    CORONAVIRUS: CANADA’S RAPID RESPONSE

    Thanks to the incredible response from the community, in less than a month, we were able to work with our international colleagues to assess the situation in China and around the world, develop a research response focused on the urgent areas of need, launch the funding opportunity, adjudicate the applications, and award funding to the successful applicants.
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    REIMBURSING NON-REFUNDABLE TRAVEL FEES DUE TO DISRUPTIONS CAUSED BY COVID-19

    The three federal granting agencies can confirm that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable considering the impacts of CoVid-19. This applies to the travel of both principal investigators and research personnel.
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    LATEST INFORMATION ON THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

    The Government of Canada is updating its online information about coronavirus every day, including the latest on the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare, travel advice, and what Canada is doing to respond to the outbreak.
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