Other Resources

There are SO many skills out there to help manage emotions, but applying them to the unique challenges of COVID-19 is tricky. We have assembled a list of videos, websites, and strategies to use to help get through these difficult times.

 

Generally helpful links and articles:

  • The ever fabulous Brené Brown has launched a podcast called Unlocking Us.

  • Here's a great podcast by The Ottawa Institute of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy on a variety of topics related to COVID, with the following topics and speakers:

    • Managing Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Kim Corace)

    • Managing PTSD During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Candice Monson)

    • Coping with GAD During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Melisa Robichaud)

    • Coping with OCD During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Christine Purdon)

    • Managing Depression During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Keith Dobson)

    • Managing Health Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Martin Antony)

    • Managing and Treating OCD During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Caitlin Claggett Woods)

    • Minimizing Psychological Suffering During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Pete Kelly)

    • Tips for Couples to Manage Distress and Conflict During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Natasha Ballen)

    • Helping Children, Adolescents, & Parents Cope During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr. Jennifer Karp)

  • For people experiencing suicidal ideation, please check out nowmattersnow.org. You will find a community of people who have been where you are - and a suite of DBT skills suggestions to help you cope.

  • For parents and kids: Lizz Dexter-Mazza and Jim Mazza, the developers of The DBT Skills in Schools curriculum, are live streaming two different skills series that may be of interest. The first is called Parenting Through Covid-19, and the second is called Student Life Skills to Survive and Thrive During COVID-19 and Beyond. Both are available free of charge through their website or their Facebook page.

  • For an updated list of AA meetings in the Triangle, click here.

  • For a great article on the use of DBT skills in the time of coronavirus, click here.

  • If you are a parent of a teenager and want to gain some perspective on COVID and teens, click here.

  • For couples adjusting to being in lockdown together, have a look at this article.

  • Here's an article on DBT skills for coping with COVID.

  • Amy House, a DBT therapist at Augusta DBT (Medical College of Georgia), put together this attachment called "DBT Skills for a Pandemic". Have a look!

  • The NC Psychological Association has published a series of short (5-15min) webinars on a variety of topics related to coping with COVID.

Videos from others:

Some of our colleagues have been hard at work producing videos as well! We are linking to a few of those videos here – and sending out a huge thank you to our local and national colleagues for making these available to all!

  • The DBT team at Rutgers has published a series of skills training videos on their YouTube channel.

  • Here's a link to the self-care page from the Chatham County School District, where Christian Fisher teaches some DBT skills for coping with the pandemic.

  • Brooke Senior and her colleagues at Potomac Pathways have posted a series of videos teaching the basics of some of the DBT skills. For those of you who are DBT knowledgeable, you will recognize these skills from the Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Middle Path modules in DBT. For people who are new to DBT, some of these skills (STOP, TIPP, Self-Soothe) are meant to be used when emotion is high, it’s hard to think, and you are trying to make sure you don’t make a bad situation worse. The ABC PLEASE skills are all about regulating your basic biology so that you are less likely to fall into the trap of emotion mind when an emotional prompt presents itself. Radical acceptance is about learning to accept a situation you cannot change as a way to reduce suffering. Click the links below for each of the videos (each video is 5-10 minutes long).

 

        Distress Tolerance Skills:                                     

        STOP                                                                         

        TIPP                                                                           

        Self Soothe                                                               

        Radical Acceptance                                                

        Emotion Regulation Skills:

        ABC

       PLEASE

       Model of Emotions

       Check the Facts

        Middle Path Skills:

        Validation

        Mindfulness/Relationship Mindfulness

        Dialectical Dilemmas

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