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COVID-19: Managing Community Anxiety, Self-Care and Helping Our Clients

Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW |  Claire Brasler, BS, MS, LPC, RN
1 Hour 54 Minutes
Mar 27, 2020
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has gone from a headline to something that has had a significant impact on our personal and professional lives. We are bombarded daily by news feeds and social media about this virus, and we face the new reality that is "social distancing."

What does this mean for us as clinicians?

How do we help our clients, many of whom struggle with additional stressors like mental illness, trauma and substance use disorder?

Join us in this recording as we look at these issues from a medical and mental health perspective.


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Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW, became a licensed clinical social worker in 2002. He is the owner of Providence Consulting & Education, LLC, through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services. Additionally, Paul provides Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and other clinical services as part of a small practice. Paul has extensive experience in working with people in crisis and people living with substance use disorders, including adolescent residential treatment, community mental health settings, hospital emergency departments, Juvenile Court, and private practice.

Paul has been a PESI national presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes across the country on mental health emergencies, high-risk clients, resiliency, and a certification course for clinicians working with people with substance use disorders. His second book, The Clinician’s Guide to Substance Use Disorders: Practical Tools for Assessment, Treatment & Recovery, PESI Publishing, was published in October 2022. Paul lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his beautiful wife, three sons, a cowardly dog, and two dwarf rabbits who are quietly plotting to destroy the world.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paul Brasler maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with LifeStance Health and Alchemy Wellness. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paul Brasler has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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Claire earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University (Virginia) in 1999. During this time she worked as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in the Greater Roanoke area. She became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2004. As a therapist, Claire worked in two residential treatment facilities for adolescents where she provided group and individual therapy. Claire later entered private practice where she provided therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families.

In 2009, Claire decided to return to her earlier passion of medicine and she entered nursing school. Claire became a Registered Nurse in 2012, (and subsequently gave birth to her third son two days later). Claire began working in an Emergency Department later that year. In 2016, Claire went to work at a Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center and she became a trauma-certified nurse. In late 2019, Claire decided to take a break from the ED and she became a school nurse, serving a lower-income school.

Claire and her husband, Paul, are proud parents of three growing boys, one old dog and a hypomanic bunny. They are happy to call Richmond, Virginia home.


  1. Determine the best practices for self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Evaluate tools for caring for clients remotely through telehealth services


  1. Fear and Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19
    1. Limiting the spread of COVID-19
    2. Limiting panic related to COVID-19
  2. How we can take care of ourselves
    1. Understanding burnout
    2. Recognizing our life balance
    3. Staying active
    4. Debriefing
  3. How we can help out clients
    1. 2 things you must do before working with any client
    2. Understanding crisis situations
    3. 4 ways clients respond to crisis
    4. How to help clients through crisis

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses

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