Dr. Christine Runyan, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the UMass Chan Medical School, will deliver the keynote address, ‘Fostering Your Innate Resilience,’ for the daylong symposium on Nov. 5
Maine Behavioral Healthcare, a division of MaineHealth, and the University of Southern Maine will present a daylong program of talks focused on building strength and perseverance in response to stresses caused by the pandemic. “Resilience from Trauma During the Time of Covid-19” will be held from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 5, in person at Hannaford Hall on USM’s Portland Campus or online. Area behavioral health providers, the USM community and the public are invited to attend. Please note that proof of full vaccination and masking is required for attendance in Hannaford Hall, where presenters will deliver their remarks in person. Participation in the program is free, but advance registration is required. Contact hour certificates are available for all participants, and lunch will be served to those who register for in-person attendance.
The symposium begins with the keynote address, “Fostering Your Innate Resilience,” by Dr. Christine Runyan, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the UMass Chan Medical School and Co-founder of Tend Health. The program continues with the panel presentation “Resilience in the Face of Trauma: Individuals, Families, and Service Providers,” featuring Dr. Adele Baruch, Associate Professor and Chair of Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at USM; Susan Burns Chong, LCSW, Breathe Program Clinical Coach, Portland Public Schools and CAS student in Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at USM; and Alexandra Hood, graduate student in Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at USM.
After a break from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Dr. Thomas Linehan, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Mount Wachusett Community College, will speak on “Understanding Trauma and Resilience Through the Magic of Every Interaction.” The program concludes with “Vicarious Resilience and Reconnecting to Joy” by Allegra Hirsh-Wright, MSW, LCSW, Training Manager and Project Director of Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Department of Clinical Innovation and an adjunct faculty member in USM’s School of Social Work.
“Resilience from Trauma During the Time of Covid-19” is made possible in part by a generous gift from the Pond Family Foundation, promoting awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
About Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a leading provider of mental health services, with over 30 outpatient locations throughout southern, western and mid-coast Maine, as well as Spring Harbor Hospital, providing an integrated continuum of comprehensive, coordinated behavioral healthcare for Maine residents of all ages. Learn more at MaineBehavioralHealthcare.org.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of nine local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,700 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With close to 22,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., Mid Coast-Parkview Health in Brunswick, NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.