Learn about the psychological response to pandemics, and get practical guidance about how to psychologically navigate these uncertain times

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    Many clinicians are feeling helpless and confused about the current COVID-19 outbreak. In this timely interview, Dr. Fischhoff discusses common individual and community responses to pandemics, and discusses how infrastructure (or lack thereof) and data/information interpretation can contribute to feelings of confusion, panic, anger, and fear. Listeners will learn practical tools to help interpret and respond to a pandemic, and how to make sense of this unfamiliar, threatening situation.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List two or more simple strategies to reduce the negative psychological impact of pandemics; Discuss how news media consumption impacts psychological wellness during a pandemic; Describe one or more thinking errors that can impact how individuals weather stressful experiences.

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated free CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Enroll in this free course
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast interview, which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via the course player.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course and hit the 'Generate Certificate' button, a new window will open up with your certificate; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the FAQ link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, or content. Dr. Fischhoff co-authored a book called 'Risk: A Very Short Introduction,' (2011) which he mentions as a potential resource during this course.

  • Course Access Expiration

    Please note that you will have access to this free course for 30 days from when you sign up. If your access lapses, you are able to re-enroll.

What Your Colleagues Have to Say About This Course

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Deborah Todd

This was a thoughtful and informative class that met all my objectives professionally. It was also applicable personally as I want to better navigate the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and how it effects me, my family, my community and the nation an...

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This was a thoughtful and informative class that met all my objectives professionally. It was also applicable personally as I want to better navigate the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and how it effects me, my family, my community and the nation and world at large. He gave practical advice. A good course.

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Falicia Miller

This podcast was helpful in giving me concrete ways to communicate with my clients.

This podcast was helpful in giving me concrete ways to communicate with my clients.

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Public Health Expert & Clinical Psychologist

Baruch Fischhoff, PhD

Senior Instructor

Dr. Baruch Fischhoff is a Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy and Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University. He is a graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, Wayne State University (BS, mathematics, psychology), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (PhD, psychology). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and the Society for Risk Analysis. He has chaired the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and been a member of the Eugene (Oregon) Commission on the Rights of Women, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. His books include "Acceptable Risk, Risk: A Very Short Introduction," and "Counting Civilian Casualties".

Continuing Ed Details
This course meets the requirements for 1 Continuing Education credit hour with the APA, ASWB, NBCC, NAADAC, CCAPP, and CAMFT.

To see additional details about our CE Approvals, please visit: Clearly Clinical's CE Approvals
To see whether these approvals satisfy your state's requirements, please visit: Check My State's Requirements

For information about our policies, please click the 'FAQ' and 'Grievances and Accommodations' pages below. To receive a copy of the reference list associated with this course, please email us at info@clearlyclinical.com.

Why is Clearly Clinical the nation's premier CE provider?

You have lots of options for online CE... here's what Clearly Clinical is all about

  • CONVENIENT: All courses are 1-hour podcast episodes, available on Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, and many others

  • AFFORDABLE: We are the least expensive unlimited CE option in the country

  • SOCIALLY-CONSCIOUS: We donate to The Trevor Project for LGBT youth suicide prevention

  • WOMAN-OWNED: We are founded and run by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • DIVERSE: We feature women and minority expert presenters

Quick Note: Are you confused about the difference between a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and a Continuing Education (CE) Credit Hour?  You're not the only one! Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for clarification!