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What Matters Now: Emotional Balance and Core Needs in the Post-Pandemic Era
The results of the American Psychological Association’s 2020 survey on stress led the organization to sound a devastating alarm: “We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.” Mental health professionals have a front row seat to this crisis. They have the privilege and the challenge of having profound conversations within which themes of helplessness, loss, isolation, uncertainty, and polarization are pervasive. Less expected and often generative are the “what matters now?” conversations that our unprecedented and chronic circumstances have pushed into the fore. The changes that we have been pressed to make have had unanticipated consequences; people are reevaluating their priorities.

Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D. and Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., LMFT from The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI), both clinicians and educators with decades of experience, will share their experience and expertise. Their perspectives are deeply informed by their work on the “emotional frontlines” of the pandemic. They will reflect on the substantial mental health challenges we face, the themes woven in this crisis, and the opportunities to access meaning and increase resilience.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.

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Mar 1, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D.
Chief Clinical Officer, The Family Institute at Northwestern University @https://www.family-institute.org/therapists-locations/staff/nancy-burgoyne
Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D., is the chief clinical officer at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Burgoyne is a licensed clinical psychologist and a family therapist. She is part of the teaching faculty in the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern University. As part of the organization’s executive leadership team, Dr. Burgoyne focuses on the Institute’s mission to provide high quality, scientifically informed care by leading practice-wide clinical quality improvement initiatives that advance the skills of its clinicians and the care of its clients. Dr. Burgoyne also serves as a spokesperson to support the organization's investment in connecting with and educating the communities it serves. Dr. Burgoyne has been a behavioral health professional for over 30 years, is an LGB/TQ+ ally and is committed to approaching her work with cultural humility.
Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., LMFT
Core Faculty, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, The Family Institute at Northwestern University @https://www.family-institute.org/therapists-locations/staff/maru-torres-gregory
Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., LMFT is a Core Faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Torres-Gregory is a licensed marriage and family therapist with extensive experience working with couples, adults, young adults, adolescents and families. In her practice, she assists clients struggling with individual and interpersonal issues arising from couple/marital distress, self-confidence, perfectionism, body image, disordered eating, self-harm, cultural differences, among others. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Torres-Gregory has a passion for training future marriage and family therapists. She has served as a clinical supervisor and faculty instructor in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program for over eight years. She is a weekly guest in Noticias Univision Chicago, Primera Hora, on mental health and relationship and family issues.
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