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Leveraging Neuroscience and Our Innate Resilience to Maintain Well-Being in the Pandemic (and Beyond)

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Live via Zoom

Humans are sensitive creatures and we do not like uncertainty. The pandemic ignited uncertainty, on a multitude of levels, for all of us. As a result, our stress response has been chronically activated leading to allostatic load and unhealthy coping patterns among many. This physiological activation is likely at the root of the burgeoning mental health crisis, increased rates of substance misuse, poor health behaviors, interpersonal violence, and stress‑related medical conditions. Our willingness to be aware of our own vulnerability and strength is the first invitation towards resilience. This presentation will draw upon neuroscience and clinical expertise to better understand current levels of distress as well as applications of these concepts to enhance well‑being.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how the nervous system is a source of both information and healing
  • Describe why and how the pandemic activated a chronic stress response
  • Revise personal reactions and responses to the pandemic, emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally and relationally
  • Apply specific language and strategies to leverage one’s own healing part of the nervous system
  • Use specific strategies to leverage internal strengths and better resource oneself and others going forward


Christine Runyan, PhD
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Worcester, MA


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Leveraging Neuroscience and Our Innate Resilience to Maintain Well‑Being in the Pandemic (and Beyond)
Christine Runyan, PhD
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Q and A
Christine Runyan, PhD


Planning Committee
Lynn Pettit, MS Ed, RN No actual or potential conflict of interest to this program
Christine Runyan, PhD No actual or potential conflict of interest to this program


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.

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 berkshireahec.org or call 413-842-5160. For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

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

Application for licensed marriage and family therapist continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 413-842-5160 for the status of CE accreditation.

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.

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.

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 via postal mail 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 berkshireahec.org website.


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


March 1
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Live via Zoom
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