COVID-19 in Bergamo: A Psychotherapist in the Epicenter of the Pandemic

This is a 1 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on October 21, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference

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On February 24, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed the city of Bergamo in Italy. For two months, the whole district suffered a shock wave of infections, hospitals without beds, saturated intensive care, and oxygen starvation. All this while trying to also manage thousands of people with severe symptoms as quickly as possible.

This collective emergency that hit Bergamo led to many deaths and mourning. And sadly, people were unable to experience the common rites of passage for death due to the COVID lockdown.

During this time, psychotherapist Nicole Adami took responsibility for overseeing the psychological support care for nurses who worked on the front line in Bergamo. She activated a call for politicians to create collective funeral rites aimed at helping affected people manage traumatic grieving.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to—

  • Examine how the collective emergency in Bergamo developed
  • Explore psychological support interventions utilized during the Bergamo emergency
  • Explore the impact on the Bergamo population, including grieving while in isolation
  • Identify the importance of mourning rites and the effects of their denial

Nicole Adami is a CBT Psychologist and Psychotherapist, specializing in health emergency psychology and psychotraumatology.

Nicole collaborates with the European Institute of Psychotraumatology and Stress Management and works with AREU, the regional emergency-urgency agency at the 118 headquarters in Bergamo.

Nicole Adami also collaborated with the Nursind Bergamo, a nurses union, where she offered psychological support to emergency nurses during the pandemic.

TimeTopic Covered
1st hour
  • Examine how the collective emergency in Bergamo developed
  • Explore psychological support interventions utilized during the Bergamo emergency
  • Explore the impact on the Bergamo population, including grieving while in isolation
  • Identify the importance of mourning rites and the effects of their denial

This training offers 1 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals, including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

This course is an intermediate-advanced level.

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