Mental Health & Wellness Resources
For the COVID-19 Crisis

Palo Alto University has curated the following mental health and wellness resources, which provide information, guidance, research, and training opportunities that might prove helpful during the current COVID-19 pandemic. New resources will be added as they become available.

Free Webinars by Palo Alto University Experts

This on-demand webinar presented by Palo Alto University Emeritus Professor Dr. Phil Zimbardo discusses the psychology of evil, heroism, and coming together as a community of care. View Now >

Ánimo para lidiar con COVID-19

El Doctor Ricardo F. Muñoz es profesor de psicología clínica de la Universidad de Palo Alto (Palo Alto University) en la Bahía de San Francisco.  Durante el seminario web, el explicará cómo utilizar lo que uno piensa y lo que uno hace para mantenerse emocionalmente saludable. [This webinar (focused on emotional health) will be offered in Spanish only at this time.] View Now>

Community Suicide Prevention During COVID-19

This on-demand webinar presented by Dr. Joyce Chu teaches participants to identify suicide risk, how to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide and how to connect them with help. Dr. Chu is the co-director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity. View Now>

Worry vs. Anxiety

This on-demand webinar conducted by Dr. Robert Friedberg helps participants understand the difference between worry, anxiety, and fear, and offers valuable resources for coping with these feelings.  View Now >

Coping with COVID: The Compassionate Mind

This on-demand webinar presented by Dr. Yotam Heineberg teaches ways to cope with these challenging times, including core grounding and emotional regulation techniques. View Now>

Connecting with Your Highest Priorities and Values in a Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Kristine Klussman

Presented by PAU alumna, Dr. Kristine Klussman, this on-demand webinar helps you identify and restore areas of blocked connection in your own life. Her simple strategies for reducing anxiety and confusion are grounded in cognitive and behavioral interventions that aid in identifying your non-negotiables, understanding your priorities, and cultivating greater personal meaning and purpose. View Now >

Free Podcasts from The Thoughtful Counselor

The Thoughtful Counselor was created by PAU Alumnus Mike Shook (MA, Class of 2016) in partnership with PAU’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. For more podcasts, check out The Thoughtful Counselor Library.
Online Pedagogy – Moving Counselor Education Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic with William Snow

A conversation about the nuts and bolts of educating counseling professionals online: the benefits and downsides and best-practices for educators and students. Featuring PAU professor William Snow.  Listen >

Ethical Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Limitations and Adaptations to Telehealth with Dee Ray and Lee Kinsey

A conversation about the many ethical and practical challenges facing counselors responding to COVID-19, including limitations and adaptations to telehealth. Featuring host Dr. Raissa Miller and guests Dr. Lee Kinsey and Dr. Dee Ray.  Listen >

Sex, Love, and Intimacy in the Time of COVID-19 with Stacey Diane A. Litam

PAU professor Megan Speciale and Dr. Stacey Litam engage in a frank and honest discussion about how the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing, and shelter-in-place policies are impacting a less-talked-about part of our lives: love, sex, and intimacy.   Listen >

On-Demand Professional Training

Palo Alto University’s Continuing and Professional Studies Division offers a wide variety of training programs, including these conducted by leading faculty.
Foundations for Digital Therapy

Physical distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how mental health practitioners can work with their clients. In this self-paced online course, you will learn how to integrate digital tools into your practice. (20 CEs/CEUs)  Register >

Inner Resources for Stress: Mindfulness for Self-Care

This self-paced online course presents a proven mindfulness and meditation training designed to improve wellness and stress resiliency.  (10 CEs/CEUs) Register >

Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy is an evolutionary and neuroscience-based approach to psychotherapy that articulates how the evolution of attachment and affiliative emotion regulates threat-processing and the emergence of our self-identities. (10 CEs/CEUs) Register >

Wellness Resources

Incorporating self-care into your daily routine can help maintain balance during these stressful times.
Daily Mindfulness Activities for Balance and Wellness During Stressful Times 
Daily Mindfulness Activities for balance and wellness during stressful times by Dr. Michele Galietta

Dr. Michele Galietta, an instructor with PAU’s Continuing Education & Professional Studies Division offers free mindfulness activities to help you stay grounded.   Begin >

The Nature of Compassion, Fear, Safe Relating and World Change

In this series of talks, world renowned clinical psychologist Professor Paul Gilbert will discuss how compassion can help us during this time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty, with a powerful vision for the future of our societies.  Begin >

Mental Health Research Using Technology

Palo Alto University’s Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health), develops and disseminates digital mental health interventions.  They include BetterBET (Better Behaviors, Emotions, and Thoughts), an interactive program that helps people manage emotions and symptoms of depression, and the Mothers and Babies Online Course, that helps pregnant and new mothers prevent depression.

PAU Faculty Experts in the News Amid COVID-19

Letter: Crisis may spur action to expand mental health care, East Bay Times, April 28, 2020 (Dr. Maureen O’Connor, Ph.D. & J.D., President of Palo Alto University)

Effects of the quarantining on mental health, KCBS Radio, April 18, 2020 (Dr. Lisa Brown, Ph.D. & ABPP, PAU Professor & Director for the Risk and Resilience Research Lab)

Bay Area suicide hotlines see high volume from anxious callers during coronavirus crisis, San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 2020 (Dr. Joyce Chu, Ph.D., PAU Professor & Director for the Center for Excellence in Diversity)

In face of pandemic, psychologist to lead webinar on suicide prevention, Palo Alto Online, April 16, 2020 (Dr. Joyce Chu, Ph.D., PAU Professor & Director for the Center for Excellence in Diversity)

Are bedtime stories the secret to helping you fall asleep?, Today online, April 1, 2020 (Dr. Nancy A. Haug, Ph.D., PAU Professor & Associate Chair of the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium)

Social Distancing is Hard for Teens and Tweens, Here’s How to Help Them Cope, Parents, April 1, 2020 (Dr. Donna S. Sheperis, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, CCMHC, PAU Professor & Associate Chair for Clinical Training)

National Professional Resources

APA COVID-19 Resources
ACA COVID-19 Resources