CDR Sean K. Bennett, LCSW, MSWAC, BCD
Presentation: The Collective Trauma of COVID-19 and the Role of the Healthcare Provider
All of us experience grief and loss as a by-product of living. Though the impact of such can be devastating, life-altering, and traumatic, we are capable of healing that promotes post-traumatic growth and resilience. Our psychological and emotional faculties are like muscles and can likewise be strengthened through specific 'exercises' and techniques.
History provides many examples of collective trauma exacted on groups of people and the consequent impacts of those atrocities. In this presentation, we will focus on COVID-19 and its pernicious reach into people's lives worldwide, affecting group culture and changing the way of life for billions. It’s only been since early 2020 that this menacing pandemic has wreaked havoc on our society's medical, economic, social, political, and psychological infrastructure. Yet, it can be quite challenging to remember a time before it was infecting and affecting all areas of our lives. Since that time, however, we have withstood the impact of this all-consuming storm, mourned the loss of lives of millions, and labored to protect our own health while trying to find meaning in the aftermath and rebuild almost every aspect of our lives.
CDR Sean Bennett is a Behavioral Health Clinical Consultant with IHSC BHU Headquarters stationed at the San Diego Field Office. Before joining the team, CDR Bennett served as the Behavioral Health Team Lead at Otay Mesa Detention Center (San Diego). His previous assignment was with the Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters in Rockville, MD, where he worked as a Public Health Advisor in the Division of Behavioral Health. At IHS, Sean served as the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Program Official, Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)Nashville Area Project Officer, and IHS National Lead for Zero Suicide. CDR Bennett holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has a Board-Certified Diplomate BCD); certified in Psychological Autopsy Investigations (PAI); is a Licensed Mater Social Work Addictions Counselor (LMSWAC), and hold a Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional (CCHP) certification. He has over 20 years of experience and has worked extensively in the areas of Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Suicide Prevention, and the treatment of trauma.