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New England ATTC COVID-19 Resources

Publication Date: Sep 02, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New England ATTC has developed multiple products to support our partners and constituents during this time. Our ATTC is well-positioned to continue supporting the workforce with off-the-shelf products and our virtual training and technical assistance remain available. 


Self-Care Series

In partnership with the South Africa HIV ATTC, the New England ATTC has helped create a suite of provider self-care exercises. Development of these materials was part of a Provider Self-Care initiative led by the South Africa HIV ATTC and the New England ATTC was proud to partner on graphic design and wide dissemination to an international audience.

Though these products are geared towards the addiction treatment and recovery workforce, they are widely applicable.  

  1. Reflection and Breathing Exercise -- This one-page activity can be used to relieve uncomfortable emotions related to COVID-19 such as stress, anxiety, anger and sadness by being still and practicing intentional reflection and breathing.
  2. Wellness Wheel Exercise -- This one-page self-assessment activity can be used to set goals towards achieving greater balance in caring for oneself during this COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Coping with Distress -- This one-page activity can be used to learn new ways to cope with and relieve stress, especially associated with the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. Developing ways to soothe can be helpful to prevent one from becoming emotionally overwhelmed.
  4. Healthy Coping Behaviors -- This one-page activity encourages taking care of oneself, particularly in moments of great instability during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Regular Emotional Check-Ins -- This one-page activity that can help one slow down and check in with their emotional and physical well-being which is especially needed during the global healthcare crisis.


Online Engagement and Facilitation

The New England ATTC was also proud to partner with the South Africa HIV ATTC on a suite of materials focused on online engagement and facilitation, which has become increasingly necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These one-page guides for online engagement were adapted from the larger resource developed by the Pacific Southwest Mental Health TTC. Specific topics include:

  1. General Guidelines for Virtual Meetings -- This guide helps facilitators to be fully engaged in a virtual meeting.
  2. Facilitation Guidance for Online Engagement -- This guide helps facilitators to prepare, set up, and host engaging online sessions.
  3. Group Norms Guidance for Online Engagement -- This guide helps facilitators to think through the setting of group norms and practices for online meetings.


Webinar Series: Expanding Recovery & Wellness in a Pandemic

This 2-part webinar series was developed in partnership with the New England MHTTC:

  1. Sustaining Hope During a Time of Crisis: Supporting Multiple Pathways of Recovery - This webinar focused on how isolation, stress, anxiety, trauma, financial difficulties, and physical distancing due to COVID-19 have impacted recovery processes and the well-being of the recovery community.
  2. Wellness and Self-Compassion: Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use Providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic - This webinar focused on how providers are coping and how to best support this critical segment of the workforce. Participants learned how hopelessness, fatigue, stress, trauma, and social distancing due to COVID-19 are impacting the well-being of mental health and substance use practitioners.   


Motivational Interviewing During COVID-19

Motivational Interviewing: Conversation and Compassionate Listening and its Impact During COVID-19 - During the COVID-19 healthcare crisis, Motivational Interviewing is being used to awaken providers' inner sense of purpose and enthusiasm when treating individuals with substance use disorders. This is a webinar in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Compassionate Listening that emphasizes the importance of shifting our thinking from feeling responsible for changing a person's behavior to supporting them in thinking about their own reasons and means for behavior change. 


Trauma 101 During COVID-19

Trauma 101: Addiction, Trauma, Resilience, Resourcing and COVID-19 - With recent advances in understanding the impact of trauma, it is time for a change in the approach taken toward trauma and addiction. A trauma-informed approach is especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is creating new traumas and traumatic stress for individuals with addiction, who are disproportionately affected by negative consequences of the virus. This interactive and experiential presentation offers an overview of the impact of trauma on the recovery process from a social, biological, psychological, and spiritual perspective and will provide clinicians with skills to work with  people affected by trauma throughout their recovery, as well as, understanding the conceptual framework of trauma-informed practice.


Additional SAMHSA COVID-19 Resources

SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is continually releasing new guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country. Resources include general information and guidance for substance use treatment providers, specific guidance for opioid treatment programs, and information for discretionary grant recipients, as well as links to additional federal guidance. The resources are continually updated and can be assessed on the SAMHSA Coronavirus page.

Example resources include:

  1. Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
  2. Virtual Recovery Resources 
  3. Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19 

Please contact the New England ATTC if you would like training or technical assistance related to these resources!


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