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Coronavirus Resources

 

April 17, 2020: Volunteer Opportunities, Support, and Self-Care During COVID-19

March 16, 2020: GPA COVID-19 Telehealth Information

 March 13, 2020: GPA COVID-19 CE and Annual Meeting Information

 

As the world tries to cope with the novel coronavirus (COVID19), the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) suggests the following helpful links about the virus, how to manage associated anxiety or worry, and adjust psychological practice.

 

Information about COVID-19:

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s website provides information about the virus, how to protect yourself, business policies and updates about the virus’ impact in the US.
  2. Georgia Department of Health provides Georgia-specific news and updates about COVID19.
  3. Dr. Betsy Gard's presentation called, "A Pandemic in the 21st Century; What do we know? How do we cope?"
  4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a series of videos featuring information on the coronavirus and COVID-19 presented in American Sign Language (ASL). Five videos featuring a certified Deaf interpreter deal with managing COVID-19 at home, symptoms of the virus, prevention tips, risk factors, and what older adults need to know about COVID-19. Videos include closed captions.

 

Information about Managing Associated Anxiety and Worry:

  1. The American Psychological Association (APA)’s Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe gives information on social distancing and psychological health
  2. The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress fact sheets give information on taking care of yourself, family, and the workplace in a period of added communal stress.
  3. The National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses provide information on talking to children about COVID-19.

 

Information on Practicing Psychology during COVID-19:

  1. The American Psychological Association (APA)'s COVID-19 and Psychology Services provides guidance on protecting yourself and your patients.
  2. The American Psychological Association (APA)'s free online article, Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions.  It is like a Consumer Reports review of 3 popular telehealth platforms: Doxy.me, thera-link, and Zoom. Ratings are based on privacy/security, features, ease of use, functionality, and customer support. 
  3. Emory University's COVID-19 Wellness Guides for the general population, for healthcare workers, and for people with physical concerns, as well as guides to optimize emotional well-being and family relationships. They have also created a Medical Alert Passport to help hospital staff understand patients' unique supports “at a glance”. 
  4. TeleMental Health & COVID-19: Is it Ethical to Return to Seeing Clients in Person?
    By Becky Beaton-York, PhD, Georgia Psychological Association Ethics Committee Chair


 

Research on Neurocognitive Effects of COVID-19:

  1. How COVID-19 Affects the Brain
  2. APA has just released new nuts-n-bolts guidance about which neuropsychological and psychological testing services are reimbursed in telehealth through Medicare, and how to code and bill them appropriately.

Addressing COVID-19 Related Racism:

  1. A statement from the Asian Neuropsychological Association (ANA) 

 

Resources for Parents:

  1. Sesame Street has a series of videos that address quarantine on the toddler and preschooler level.  These are well done, as expected, by the Sesame Street familiar friends. 
  2. Check out doctors reading stories to kids on our Facebook page, with frequent updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  3. Helpful visuals for parents

 

Check the American Psychological Association’s Pandemic Website for more resources.