COVID-19 Seminars

Family Breakdown or Breakthrough in the Time of Coronavirus?

Therapy In The Time Of Covid-19

Recorded Monday 15 June 2020

This series of seminars examines the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis on individuals, couples and families through the eyes of practitioners as we navigate this unprecedented and surreal shift in our lives.

Our speakers will explore the emotional meanings of being in lockdown, the reforming of one’s sense of self within states of isolation, or in relationships with sudden intensified intimacy. As attachment issues become more acutely felt, where life-threatening levels of danger are encountered, where jobs have been lost, livelihoods disrupted, relationships frayed, loved ones lost, these enormous pressures on the psyche are inevitably a new focus of therapy.






Family Breakdown or Breakthrough in the Time of Coronavirus?
Dr Reenee Singh

Families and couples are under considerable stress during this period of lockdown. At one level, most families experience the more “ordinary” stresses of having to share space, work remotely and supervise virtual schools, while at another level, there are anxieties about health and mortality among immediate and extended family members, which may be exacerbated for migrant families. The stresses might be particularly acute for those families where any member of the family has underlying physical or mental health difficulties, where one or both parents are key workers or when the parents are separated or divorced. The rituals that help families to make transitions from one life-cycle stage to another may also have been adapted so that weddings and funerals have different forms and meanings during this time. In this lecture, Reenee will explore ways of helping families to deal with the ordinary and extraordinary stresses of this period, so that they find opportunities to create closer and more fulfilling relationships during this crisis.


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A CPD certificate is not available for this Talk On Demand.


This pre-recorded webinar is 1.5 hours long.