Wellness Webinars for Quarantined Times

Free and open to the public. Watch on demand on YouTube — see links below.

Sponsored by Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance and the Mood Treatment Center

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Hosted by Chris Aiken, MD

Brain Food: Eat Your Way to Resilience

The hottest diet and nutrition research isn’t about losing weight. It’s about using food to treat some of the most common ailments. Learn the science behind why food is the ultimate natural medicine to:
-Reduce inflammation
-Enhance neuroprotection, memory and concentration
-Lift your mood, be happier and even treat depression

HM Humphrey, LPC

Couples in Quarantine: Staying Strong in the Midst of Crisis

In the midst of crisis, our resilience gets strained and our points of vulnerability show up. This can lead to increased tension and conflict with our partners, and we may find ourselves caught in a negative cycle of interaction. This can leave us feeling distant and disconnected, which is really the opposite of what we need or what we long for in order to get through a painful or scary time. This webinar offers insights into what a negative cycle might look like, what might be driving it, and what partners can do to increase awareness and interrupt their cycles. Practical tips will include how to enhance emotional safety and foster attachment security, so that partners can reach to each other for comfort and support.

Hosted by Chris Aiken, MD

The Antiviral Guide to Better Sleep

Good sleep builds the immune system to protect us from viral infections. Yet the disrupted routines and unsettling fears of this time are not the best way to a good nights rest. Learn natural ways to preserve sleep and new technologies like blue light blockers.

Hosted by Kaitlyn Boone, LPC

The Parents’ Guide to Kids in Quarantine

Guided by a children’s art therapist, learn new ways of thriving in quarantine with your 5-12 year old at home. In this session, you will imagine different ways you and your child can express your emotions together through color, texture and fantasy. Two perspectives, two imaginations, one major life event. Session includes live Q&A for parenting strategies during the pandemic.

Hosted by Mark Chrisinger

Sitting With Uncertainty: Using Mindfulness to Live in the Present

Mindfulness is a meditative practice developed in ancient India for addressing a particular problem of human existence: reconciling our impermanent, uncertain world with our desires for stability and certainty. After traveling from India to China, Japan, and then the United States, it was adapted to Western culture in the form of mindfulness-based stress reduction. Today, mindfulness is an empirical intervention for people dealing with stress, chronic pain, chronic depression, and anxiety. The goal of this seminar is to introduce you to mindfulness and provide you with practical ways to use it to find peace within uncertainty.

Hosted by Cheryl Goldberg, LPC-S

Are Your Kids Worried? How to tell. What to do.

Have you ever wondered if there’s a difference between fear, worry, and anxiety? Or why your kids may ask the same question or type of question over and over? What about why they may seemingly appear fine but then suddenly they’re irritable, clingy, tearful, or don’t feel well? We have some answers for you! There is a difference between fear, worry, and anxiety and children are often worried and anxious but don’t have the words to tell us. This presentation will provide you with information on the differences between anxiety, worry, and fear; help you identify when your kids might be experiencing worry, and some tips on how to help. We’ll also include some drawings of worried and anxious kids and their thoughts on you can help.


Mindful Media: Facebook, Netflix, TV and the Brain

When it comes to balancing your media consumption and screen time – like a lot of things in our lifestyles — it’s in the way that you use it. In this seminar, we will show you how to tune into everything from social media to Netflix to traditional television in ways that help the brain.

Social media streams, podcasts, and Netflix binges are common ways to escape, but can they make you feel worse in the long-term? And it’s essential to stay up to date on the news with so much going on, but the fear and distress it can produce takes a mental toll.

Presented by Chris Aiken, MD, this webinar is not a morality lesson on why television and social media are bad for you. As Dr. Aiken likes to say, it’s all in the way that you use them. Learn about the research that shows there are actually ways to consume media that prevent depression and lift your mood.


Pandemic Panic: Riding the Anxiety Wave

Our body has a natural alarm system to warn us that something is wrong. Instead of sirens and lights, our alarm sends out anxiety and physical symptoms, such as racing heart, digestive upset, or trembling. Sometimes anxiety results in fear and avoidance, which can disrupt our relationships, work, personal goals and mental wellness. The anxiety caused by the pandemic can feel relentless. In this session, you will learn natural approaches and techniques to cope with anxiety, and you will be coached to respond helpfully to your anxious friends and loved ones during these turbulent times. In fact, helping others is an often overlooked tool for overcoming your own anxiety.

Hosted by Valerie Vestal, PMH-NP and Chris Aiken, MD

Working from Home: 12 Ways to Enhance Focus & Concentration

Learn simple ways to sharpen your focus. You’re sure to find surprises here… from brain games to blueberries, house plants to cold showers, day planners to dark chocolate. And yes, there is a new video game that treats ADHD.

Hosted by Brian McCarthy, PMH-NP

Managing Stress Through Spirituality

A webinar discussing how to process hardship and stress with spirituality. This session will discuss how spirituality using mindfulness can lead us to experience our struggles as a valuable part of our lives that can actually result in us living with meaning, intimacy and virtue.

Hosted by Heather Herman, PMH-NP and Chris Aiken, MD

Psychiatric Medications: Your Questions Answered

Maybe you feel like you’ve tried everything and it only made you worse. Or perhaps you’d like to consider natural only solutions. This session will cover common questions about psychiatric medications, and transparently lay out the options including clinically proven non-pharmaceutical approaches and complementary treatments. This session includes a Q&A.

Hosted by Virginia Love, LCSW, LCAS, Ali Turner, LPC

Protect Your Mind in Dangerous Times

Open to and relevant for all attendees, with a special focus for healthcare providers. As caregivers, healthcare workers face compassion fatigue and burnout during routine circumstances; this has been magnified with the pandemic. This session will guide you in manifesting a healthier response to negative thoughts and/or beliefs that interfere with focus and overall regulation both at work and outside of work. Empowerment and hope are vital to sustained well-being. Specific skills related to challenging negative thoughts and positively reframing them towards a focus on what is within your control. Learn to self-assess for increased anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and learn about mental health resources.

Close with a guided mindfulness practice to aid self-regulation through visualizing distressing thoughts and feelings from a more manageable mental distance.