Safe Spaces: Self-Care and Resiliency During COVID-19

In the past year since COVID‑19 emerged, much has been learned about the impacts of the disease. The mental well‑being of healthcare providers is being impacted every day and there are few resources that are facilitating safe spaces for the emotional health of those charged with caring for the most at risk in our community. This program will focus on the self‑care and resiliency of healthcare providers during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe self-care
  • Explain the importance of self-care for healthcare professionals during the pandemic
  • Discuss the impact of secondary traumatic stress on a healthcare professional’s physical and mental health during the pandemic
  • Use self-care strategies and tools to protect and promote well-being and resilience during the pandemic
  • Demonstrate how to have difficult discussions about health care planning and end of life with those affected by COVID 19
  • Use self-care strategies to deal with the loss, grief, and bereavement of a patient, colleague or loved one due to COVID 19


Maria Sirois, PsyD

Maria is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions or changes, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and humor, Maria brings a depth of experience in leadership development and stress management for corporate and non‐profit professionals alike. Her work in the psychology, legal, human service, financial, technology and educational sectors focuses on building capacity and engagement around chronic stressors such as conflicting goals, difficult conversations, unrealistic expectations and moments of failure — using such moments to leverage sustained positive shifts in perspective and ability. Maria is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts (Lessons in Love, Faith in Resilience From Children Facing Illness).

Pre-Registration Required

Registration Fee – FREE
Continuing Education Fee – $45
Psychology Continuing Education Fee – $95

Continuing Education

Berkshire AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5585. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Berkshire AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Berkshire AHEC is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Berkshire AHEC is recognized as an approved provider by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators to offer continuing education credits for nursing home administrators. Provider NH-09015-002. 1.8 Contact Hours

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, visit or call 413-842-5160. For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at​.

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 413-842-5160 for the status of social work CE accreditation.

This course has been approved by Berkshire AHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1.5 CE. NAADAC Provider #103559, Berkshire AHEC is responsible for all aspects of its programing.

This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Certification #PC-041073.

Successful Completion Requirements for Continuing Education Credits

Participants must sign-in and out, attend the entire program, and complete a program evaluation to receive continuing education credits. Certificates will be distributed to participants after the program.

Special Requests

If you are hearing impaired, or are a person who is differently abled who requires accommodations, please contact Berkshire AHEC 15 days prior to the training.


Berkshire AHEC reserves the right to cancel a program due to low registration, speaker cancellation, or other uncontrollable circumstances. Notice of cancellation will be provided to registrants by phone, email, and on the website.


A refund of the continuing education fee, minus a $5 processing charge, is only available up until two weeks prior to a program.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually and jointly sponsored programs. All planners and faculty participating in Berkshire AHEC programs are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest that they or their spouse/partner may have that has a direct bearing on the content of the continuing education program.

Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to provide a complaint resolution procedure that is timely and responsive to consumers of our services. Individuals wishing to register a grievance should contact the Center Director of Berkshire AHEC at 413-842-5160.

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Location: Virtual

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021