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New ECMC videos offer coping advice for holidays, pandemic

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Fri, Dec 4th 2020 01:25 pm

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. recently completed production of new videos that offer coping strategies and advice to help get through the upcoming holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa A. Keenan-Uschold, Ph.D., chief clinical psychologist at ECMC, covers several topics in the videos, including: Coping with COVID-19 during the holidays, managing stress, and providing help for parents to support students while they study virtually from home.

During the early months of the pandemic, ECMC previously produced videos providing stress relief and coping advice from Keenan-Uschold and she is now offering additional information and guidance as the community experiences the next wave of the pandemic. ECMC will release each of these new videos on a weekly basis over the next month to provide further support and guidance for the community. Those interested in viewing the first release of these latest videos, “Coping with COVID-19: The Holidays,” may do so by logging on to Vimeo.com at https://vimeo.com/486395157/63199c8ecc.

Keenan-Uschold said, “In addition to world-class medical expertise and care, ECMC clinical specialists provide behavioral health, psychiatric, psychological and substance use services to patients on a daily basis. To more effectively deal with the psychological and emotional impact of this pandemic, we at ECMC were compelled by our deep concern for everyone in our community, to more broadly offer, through these videos, helpful guidance and advice to all those in need within our entire community.”

Keenan-Uschold is a licensed chief clinical psychologist and has directed the rehab psychology services at ECMC Corp. since 2005. She received her master’s degree in psychology and Ph.D. in behavioral health/health psychology from the University of North Texas. She completed a clinical internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and postdoctoral training at the Transitional Learning Center, a residential brain injury rehabilitation center in Galveston. Keenan-Uschold’s expertise includes trauma, pain management, adjustment to diagnoses, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and PTSD. Her programs include individual/group therapy, adjunct support programs, inpatient consultation, community support groups and palliative care services. She also directs clinical internship and postdoctoral psychology training at ECMC and provides expert testimony.

Those individuals requiring mental health support should contact ECMC’s virtual help center at https://www.ecmc.edu/ecmc-virtual-helpcenter-visits/. Information about ECMC substance use treatment services is available at https://www.ecmc.edu/health-services-and-doctors/behavioral-health/outpatient-substance-use-treatment-services/. Those in need of substance use services at a convenient outpatient location should contact one of the following three offices:

  • ECMC Downtown Clinical Services (bilingual counselors to serve the Spanish speaking population)
  • 1285 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo; 716-883-4517
  • ECMC Depew Clinical Services, 5087 Broadway, Depew; 716-898-4930
  • ECMC Northern Erie Clinical Services, 2005 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda; 716-874-5536

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