The Pandemic Hope and Action Project:
A Global Psychology Task Force
The current Chronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is indeed a global crisis of unparalleled magnitude. It is now having major health, economic and societal impact on the way we live our daily life. One of our colleagues in China has suggested that the virus has an intimate knowledge of human nature. The virus knows that we must interact with one another. Our need for connection is perhaps stronger than for virtually any other species.
Residing in the midst of this multi-dimensional crisis is our psychology. How do we feel about the crisis and what decisions do we make about our own health, the health of people about whom we care most? What do we do about our relationships with other people with whom we work—what does a sustained virtual relationship really look like? Can we trust one another and collaborate from a distance? And what about our attitude regarding those who have been tested positive for the virus? They must be isolated but not forgotten. Their own fears and anger must be fully appreciated by each of you. This is what authentic caring is really all about.
The Global Psychology Task Force has been rapidly assembled by the Professional School of Psychology. This task force is made up of graduate of the school – highly experienced psychotherapists, counsellors, health care practitioners, executive coaches, and organizational consultants—and is focused on assisting each of us in addressing these very challenging psychology issues right away.
Hope and Action
At the heart of the matter is the interplay between HOPE and ACTION. Without hope we do not act. Without action we lose hope. Without hope and action we freeze–and freezing is damaging to our body, our mind, our heart–and our soul. We offer a video clip on Hope and Action that helps to define the purpose of our task force.
Here is a second video clip presented by Christy Lewis, one of the founding members of our Global Psychology Task Force. She sets a framework for many of the recommendations being offered on this website. This video clip is being presented via You Tube. When you have finished viewing this presentation, you can simply leave this website (hopefully for just a moment!) and the You Tube broadcast will end.
We are indebted to Communities Collaborating for loaning us this website so that we might make available many psychological resources to citizens around the world. We are providing videocasts, short articles, helpful hints (including scripts for interacting with our loved ones and working companions), and links to valuable resources.
This website will be rapidly expanding as we add even more resources and as we provide links to members of our task force who are available to provide psychological assistance to those in need of this professional support. Given that our task force members come from throughout the world and are available virtually (by video conferencing and telephone), there are no geographic restrictions for those requesting assistance.
We encourage you to identify your immediate area of concern and go to the sector of this website that relates to this concern. It might be the care of your children or the case of your parents. It might instead have to do with the way in which to re-engage your whole family or work in your community. Probably the most important and all-encompassing sector is located immediately below these banners (pictures). It is the sector about health, head and heart — how we take care of our self.
With this statement about our purpose and vision, we welcome you to our website and we hope our assistance will be of some value to you as you (and all of us) face the profound challenges of the pandemic. As many wise commentators have noted: our world will probably never be the same again and our adjustment, psychologically, to the new reality is critical.