The Path Back From Social Isolation

Learn about the psychology of reintegrating after isolation. Register now and start anytime.

1 hour

About this course

COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in widespread isolation experiences across the world, including changes in the ways people engage with work. As restrictions ease, we are faced with an unprecedented new challenge – supporting our community and colleagues to reintegrate into the new post-isolation world. Surprisingly, reintegration following isolation can be the most challenging for our mental health.

This course will introduce you to the science behind psychological adaptation and reintegration following isolation. With an emphasis on the workplace context, you will learn about the psychological impacts of isolation, what to expect when moving back into society post-isolation, and methods to support staff and yourself through challenges associated with the reintegration experience.

What you will learn

The psychology of reintegrating after isolation and what to expect

Strategies to help you support staff during reintegration

Strategies to support your own wellbeing during reintegration.

Meet your instructors

Associate Professor Kimberley Norris

Associate Professor Kimberley Norris is a psychological scientist and clinical psychologist who works across academic, research and clinical practice settings. Her overarching research and academic interests are focused on maximising human health, wellbeing and performance in both normal and extreme environments. Her research interests include adaptation and resilience in both extreme (e.g. Antarctica, space and FIFO) and more normative (e.g. academic) environments. Through her work, Kimberley develops new and innovative ways to provide psychological support for individuals in remote, rural, maritime and extreme environments at an individual, organisational and social level.

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