You probably know someone who works in a hospital – a relative, a friend, a roommate – or you may work in a hospital yourself. Our nation’s heroes have been working at breakneck speed for the past year and have faced countless challenges and hardships.
Expert in resilience training and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Brenda Bursch has been at the forefront of addressing the mental health and emotional well-being challenges our frontline workers in the hospital are facing. In this episode, Brenda shares tips on how we can boost our own resilience and reveals the science behind storytelling as a way to process trauma and integrate our emotions with our memories. Join us for a conversation about supporting our frontline workers and finding glee in the future.
Dr. Bursch is a professor and clinical psychologist in the UCLA departments Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, where she has been on faculty since 1994. Her area of clinical specialization is working with medically ill individuals and their family members. Since 2015, she has been developing evidence-based interventions for UCLA health professionals that are designed to protect them from the impact of the high stress and trauma that they encounter at work. She is currently serving on the leadership team for the UCLA Health/DGSOM COVID-19 Wellness and Mental Health Workgroup. This group has developed an array of resources and services to provide emotional support to UCLA Health trainees, staff and faculty who have been impacted by COVID-19.