S2E11: Social Connectedness During a Global Crisis with Ross Ellenhorn, PhD
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In a second conversation in this special series, Virgil spoke with Ross Ellenhorn, PhD, founder of Ellenhorn, a program based in Boston, NYC, and North Carolina. Their conversation opens with much-needed humor and they go on to discuss the responsibility residential programs have to keep their residents safe right now. In addition, Virgil and Dr. Ellenhorn discuss the following topics: Whether Ellenhorn is continuing with admissions - Focusing the therapeutic work on maintaining psychological health and stability - How crisis gets us to think more about the welfare of others - How having a  common enemy (the virus) unites people - How social distancing is calling us to organize ourselves and actually behave in very socially connected ways - The way this pandemic is forcing the mental health field to innovate by offering increased tele-health care - How Dr. Ellenhorn's staff are pulling together using virtual meetups to support one another and their clients - And lastly, Dr. Ellenhorn describes how emergence - a term that describes how species act in a pattern to protect themselves and their most vulnerable - is occurring all around the world right now and we're "flying together in flock" more today than before this crisis
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