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Distress and the Human Heart: The Other Pandemic - Safety and Ethics in the 21st Century

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Distress and the Human Heart: The Other Pandemic - Safety and Ethics in the 21st Century


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The last decade has seen a steep escalation of mental health crises across the socioeconomic and generational spectrum.

It is estimated that more than one in ten people worldwide live with a mental health disorder. In the US alone, an estimated 50% of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. These numbers do not account for people who experience significant emotional distress but do not fit the criteria for an actual mental health disorder. Furthermore, the Coronavirus pandemic has had a substantial impact across the globe on mental well-being and the effects are estimated to be broader than initially thought by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies, whose samples were limited to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 or were previously sick.

Patients seeking acupuncture services for any condition, but especially for chronic pain and chronic illness management, are increasingly likely to be experiencing a potentially life-threatening mental-emotional crisis when seeking services. Prepare yourself to provide effective and safe support for all patients across the emotional distress spectrum, from crises adaptation to psychopathology. Prevent your own burnout and equip yourself with clear guidelines to practice with integrity, safety and skill.

Goals and Outlines

  • Outline key factors contributing to the global mental health pandemic
  • Define and explain the concept of an emotional distress spectrum and the key mediating / moderating factors of psychopathology.
  • Compare and contrast the 4 Key principles of biomedical ethics, ancient Chinese medical ethics and the new Code of Ethics for the Practice of EAM in the 21 Century
  • Apply key ethical considerations to clinical case study examples
  • Define the key elements of a collaborative mental health wellness team
  • Define the safe practice of CHM to patients taking psychotropic medications
  • Outline the guidelines for assessing risk of self-harm, aggressive behaviours and domestic abuse
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    Dr. Schnyer brings the wisdom of over 30 years of clinical experience to her vision of empowering, and supporting your own inner ability to heal by partnering in a collaborative relationship that focuses on awakening the will to get well and stay well. An experienced doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, wellness coach, and nutritional counselor, she is also a certified Functional Medicine practitioner, passionate about the transformative potential of natural therapies. Dr. Schnyer is committed to the critical inquiry of natural therapies for improving clinical outcomes and reducing the economic burden of disease and serves on the board of The Society for Acupuncture Research. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas, adjunct faculty at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and Bastyr University. A former research consultant to the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University and the Osher Center at Harvard Medical School, she is also a certified Meditation and Dharma Yoga Instructor.

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