Photo caption: Andy Bernstein

Andy Bernstein, PhD, CPRP

Clinical Professor,

Department of Family

and Community Medicine,

University of Arizona

College of Medicine

Wednesday, March 3, 2:30-3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*

This webinar is sponsored by

the Academy Services Corporation (ASC).

COVID has had an enormous impact on so many aspects of our lives, and its ripple effects are being felt in ever wider circles.  Even for those who have been spared its most crushing and life-changing human and economic losses, the lesser challenges which seemed at first like they might be manageable over the short term are taking an increasing toll.  Reports from multiple sources indicate a general uptick in stress, anxiety and depression across almost all demographics, brought about by a combination of change, uncertainty, and the suspension of close contact with friends and family members.  Add to this an unprecedented level of polarization in society, politics and media, a painful reckoning of race relations and social justice, and the most threatening economic crisis since the Great Depression, and it is easy to see how many of us are struggling to manage stress and find resilience against this perfect storm.  

Andy Bernstein will begin by presenting a framework within which to work towards increased health and wellness.  He will then invite participants to share their own experiences and insights around what the COVID pandemic has taught them about life, themselves and their community.

Dr. Bernstein received his PhD in psychology in 1989 from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and has focused his professional work on family systems, peer support, and working with marginalized and stigmatized populations.  He supervises interns and residents in their communication skills with patients, and serves as Clinical Director of Camp Wellness, a nationally-recognized recovery-oriented adult education program which teaches people with serious mental illnesses how to improve their health and wellness along eight dimensions which have been identified and promulgated by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

*For access to the Zoom Webinar please write info@arizonasenioracademy.org

Credit: Written by Andy Bernstein and Lucy Wilson, Academy Village Volunteer

 

March 3: “Wellness and Resilience in the Time of COVID”