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  • Are you ignorant about the pandemic?

    Are you ignorant about the pandemic?Are you ignorant about the pandemic? FREE

    In this podcast, Professor Renata Salecl discusses her new book, 'A Passion for Ignorance: What We Choose Not to Know and Why', with Dr Raj Persaud, examining the human tendency to ignore what is inconvenient or traumatic. They also consider the relationship between ignorance and psychotherapy, and question whether ignorance is in fact the central problem at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. More...

    10/23/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 60 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic

  • Lost in thought: can intellect save you in a pandemic?

    Lost in thought: can intellect save you in a pandemic?Lost in thought: can intellect save you in a pandemic? FREE

    What does it really mean to be an intellectual? Does it have anything to do with academia, or can anyone become an intellectual through inquisition and deep thinking? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Zena Hitz about her 2020 book ‘Lost in Thought’, in which she argues that ‘learning for its own sake’ is a key ingredient of human happiness, vital for the circumstances we currently live in. More...

    9/30/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 60 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic

  • The psychology behind mathematical modelling of epidemics

    The psychology behind mathematical modelling of epidemicsThe psychology behind mathematical modelling of epidemics FREE

    Our understanding of and reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic has been largely driven by the modelling developed by infectious disease experts. While this is largely referred to as ‘science’, both mathematical and sociological considerations are crucial to this modelling process. Here, Dr Raj Persaud speaks to Professor Chris Bauch, whose work is centred on applying mathematics to real-world problems in infectious diseases, about how this modelling system works and how effective our response has been. More...

    7/16/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • Coping with the 'pointless suffering' of COVID-19

    Coping with the 'pointless suffering' of COVID-19Coping with the 'pointless suffering' of COVID-19 FREE

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic appearing to inflict suffering indiscriminately, age-old questions have come to the fore, like “why do we suffer?, why do people die young?, is there any point to our physical and emotional pain?”. In his 2018 book, ‘Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering’, Professor Scott Samuelson examines the various philosophies of suffering and attempts to tackle these hardest questions of all. Here he talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the conclusions he has drawn from these theories, and how this may help us to cope with suffering at this challenging time. More...

    6/5/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19

    Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19 FREE

    In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Stephen Reicher about Milgram’s famous ‘obedience study’ (Milgram, 1963) and the various conclusions that can be drawn from the findings. What does this, together with more recent research into obedience, imply about our willingness to conform to authority, and what does it tell us about our likelihood to comply with instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic? More...

    5/20/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • Working with patients remotely

    Working with patients remotelyWorking with patients remotely FREE

    During this period of social distancing it is more important than ever for mental health clinicians to engage with their patients. Many are feeling anxious, stressed and lonely, while those with existing mental ill-health may be even more vulnerable. So now that we cannot, in most cases, hold face-to-face consultations, how can we continue to treat patients remotely? Here, Dr Isobel Heyman talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the current evidence base for remote working, and provides some practical advice on the ways in which clinicians can stay ‘remote, but not distant’. More...

    5/7/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

  • COVID-19: Isolation and loneliness – is there a 'social cure'?

    COVID-19: Isolation and loneliness – is there a 'social cure'?COVID-19: Isolation and loneliness – is there a 'social cure'? FREE

    Isolation and loneliness are part of the mental health fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine – but what are the most effective responses to this? Is there a 'social cure'? In this podcast, Professor Catherine Haslam discusses her research into the many health benefits of social integration, as detailed in her latest book 'The New Psychology of Health', and outlines how clinicians can support their patients in this important area. More...

    5/1/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

  • Psychosocial response to epidemics – lessons from Ebola applied to COVID-19

    Psychosocial response to epidemics – lessons from Ebola applied to COVID-19Psychosocial response to epidemics – lessons from Ebola applied to COVID-19 FREE

    In this podcast, CPD Online Deputy Editor Dr Howard Ryland talks to Dr Peter Hughes about his experience of working in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. They discuss what comparisons can be drawn between Ebola and COVID-19 and examine the lessons we can learn from the psychosocial response seen in West Africa – from the perspective of patients, healthcare workers and wider society. More...

    4/28/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

  • Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19

    Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19 FREE

    Surviving the trauma of COVID-19: what does the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment tell us about how to cope with the current pandemic? In this podcast, Professor Jonathan Bisson talks to Dr Raj Persaud about PTSD and the notion of ‘trauma’ in the context of COVID-19, including the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and evidence-based effective pharmacological and psychological approaches for its treatment and management. More...

    4/16/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

 

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