Front-line Work in Turbulent Times: Therapeutic Care During Coronavirus and Beyond

A free online open seminar for all front line staff to reflect on the issues they face working with challenging people in a complex time

  • Tue 2 Jun 20

    17:00 - 18:30

  • Online

  • Event speaker

    Chris Nicholson

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Chris Nicholson

Join Dr Chris Nicholson as he explores the roles of front-line staff during the pandemic and how care and the inequality of care workers may change in the future.

Since Boris Johnson announced the lockdown the shape our lives have dramatically changed. The initial shock may be over but we are left with the prospect of further restrictions, ongoing uncertainly and a need to draw upon deeper reservoirs of endurance and hope.

For front line workers the effort continues. The waves of tragedy of this time cannot be diminished, but there is now a chance to live and work in a better way in the future.

Front-line Work in Turbulent Times: Therapeutic Care During Coronavirus and Beyond

The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies has been teaching and learning alongside front-line staff in social care, children homes, education and mental health for over 10 years. With this extensive experience Dr Chris Nicholson, and his colleague Chris Tanner, will lead a discussion to examine why so-called ‘care workers’ haven’t been given higher status and better training, conditions and pay. We will also explore how the future of care may change.

This online seminar will provide a space for front line workers to meet with practitioners from the department, and talk together about their recent experiences and challenges, and about the new opportunities arising for the status and conditions of the caring professions.

We will be holding this open seminar on Zoom and once registered you will receive an email with the Zoom webinar link and instructions on how to join.


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Chris is Head of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. He has held a number of different roles within the department and is responsible for developing our BA Therapeutic Care, now BA Psychodynamic Practice and BA Childhood Studies degrees.

Prior to joining the University of Essex, Chris worked in a range of children's services for over fifteen years, principally therapeutic communities for traumatised adolescents, developing an assessment service, a provision for leaving care, and with colleagues, setting up the Junction Young Person’s service for Colchester MIND.

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