Resilience and Risk During COVID-19: Psychoanalytic and Empirical Perspectives

June 18, 2021 at 12:45 PM

Virtual Grand Rounds with Katie C. Lewis, PhD     

12:50-1:50 p.m.  

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and  requires advance registration.     

Grand Rounds are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below). This event offers Risk Management CME credit.    

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The psychological and emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been highlighted as a major public health concern, with early epidemiological evidence suggesting increased rates of psychiatric disturbance as well as overall stress, loneliness, and uncertainty. While a range of psychosocial factors have been found to contribute to poor mental health outcomes over the past year, a growing number of studies have also evaluated potential protective factors for mitigating emotional distress during the pandemic. Psychoanalytic models of personality, through their consideration of the intersections between interpersonal relationships, emotional functioning, and coping methods for managing stress, may offer a useful lens for understanding individual differences in resilience during the pandemic. This presentation will provide an overview of the role of personality and interpersonal functioning in adaptation to stress during the pandemic, and report emerging findings from an empirical study which examined the impact of adult attachment on loneliness and suicidal ideation during the early stages of the pandemic. Specific empirical findings about the factors contributing to suicide risk and other adverse mental health outcomes will be reviewed, along with an overview of emerging intervention approaches aimed at mitigating risk in vulnerable populations. Attendees will gain a broad understanding of various factors affecting mental health risk and resilience during the pandemic, and will review considerations for addressing these factors in treatment, reducing adverse outcomes and medico-legal risk.

Katie Lewis, PhD is the Research Psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.Katie C. Lewis, PhD, is a staff research psychologist, the coordinator of the Grand Rounds program, and member of the medical staff at the Austen Riggs Center. Her research focuses on adult personality functioning and the influence of interpersonal behaviors and perceptions in suicidal and self-destructive behaviors. Dr. Lewis received a doctorate in clinical psychology (PhD) from the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University and completed a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral Fellowship at Albany Medical Center. She is a former graduate student representative on the Ethics Board of Division 39, a former Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), and a Founding Member of the College of Research Fellows at APsaA. She is the current recipient of the Robert Wallerstein Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Research (San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis), a Young Investigator Grant through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the APF/Division 39 Marsha McCary Psychoanalytic Research award, and an Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant through the NIMH. She has published and presented on a wide range of topics including suicide and self-harming behaviors, personality psychopathology and assessment, and the ethics of confidentiality in clinical writing. She currently serves as a Consulting Editor and Special Section Editor (Clinical Applications and Case Studies) for the Journal of Personality Assessment, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.    

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Grand Rounds Learning Objectives 

  • Describe emerging evidence regarding the impact of the first year of the pandemic on loneliness and suicidality in adults. 

  • Identify personality-based factors affecting vulnerability to poor mental health outcomes during the pandemic. 

  • Evaluate the role of social contact during the pandemic in mitigating risk for poor mental health outcomes. 


Approved for: Physicians, Psychologists, Social Work, and Nursing     

Pending for: LMHC      

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.       

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.      

This live activity is approved for up to 1.0 hour(s) of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, risk management study.

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.      

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2020-2/2/2023. Social workers completing this live interactive webinar will receive 1.0 continuing education credit(s).       

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.      

This live interactive webinar program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for (1) contact hour(s).        

This live interactive webinar meets the requirements of the MaMHCA, authorization # TBD for 1.0 category 1 continuing education credit(s).      

The Austen Riggs Center follows all state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). In accordance with the ADA, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to accessibility. If you need accommodations for your course, please contact info@austenriggs.net.     

For information about our accreditation, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/accreditation-educational-activities.   

Attendees who wish to receive CE credit should note: after the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email with a link to complete the evaluation and claim your credits.   

1 hour