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Long Covid and Mental Health: Helping Patients Move from Surviving to Thriving

  • September 19, 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Presented on Zoom


  • (included with membership)
  • (not requesting CE credit)
  • (not requesting CE credit)

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Upcoming KAPA ZOOM CE event

Long Covid and Mental Health: 

Helping Patients Move from Surviving to Thriving

James "Jim" Jackson, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist and Research Professor

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


This 1.5-hour presentation will engage wide-ranging issues related to Long Covid and mental health, highlighting the difficulties that have developed in literally millions of individuals around the world regarding problems like anxiety and depression, OCD, and PTSD.  The epidemiology (e.g., incidence and prevalence) and causes of psychological concerns after Covid will be described and practical treatment strategies will be discussed at length, paying particular attention to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as the role that traditional empirically validated therapies can and should play.  Participants will learn about the unique contributions that mental health professionals can make in helping facilitate the recovery of Covid “Long Haulers.”

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the causes and prevalence of mental health concerns in Long Covid survivors.
  2. Describe effective interventions that help facilitate growth in Long Covid survivors.   
  3. Apply interventions to move patients with Long Covid from barely surviving to thriving. 

Target Audience: 

This program is open to all KAPA members and other interested mental health professionals who are not members. The content of this presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals educated at the graduate level in psychology, psychiatry, or other mental health related disciplines, as well as graduate students in a mental health related discipline.

Instructional Level:

The material will be appropriate to intermediate levels of practice and knowledge.

Continuing Education:

This program - when attended in its entirety - is available for 1.5 APA approved continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a Program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Partial credit will not be awarded. Participant's attendance will be verified via their Zoom login name and sign in / sign off time. Please assure that you are identifiable by your Zoom login name.

American Psychological Association Approval Statement:

The Knoxville Area Psychological Association (KAPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. KAPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, program content, research, grants, or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risk/limitations of their approaches will be addressed.

Registration Fees and Policies:

If you are a member of KAPA, then this program is free of charge. If you are not a member of KAPA and you do not want CE credit, this program is free of charge.

If you are not a regular KAPA member and wish to earn CE credit, please "join" as a Single Event Guest at the main membership page at  Then proceed to register for this talk as a Single Event Member Requesting CE at  You will be charged $20 as you register.

Speaker Information:

Dr. James “Jim” Jackson is an internationally renowned expert on long Covid and its effects on cognitive and mental health functioning. A licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation, he completed his psychology residency at the Veteran’s Affairs/Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Consortium while also receiving post-doctoral training in cognitive rehabilitation at the Oliver Zangwill Center in Ely, England. A pioneer in the investigation and treatment of Post–Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS),—a condition that impacts up to a third of survivors of critical illness—he is a research professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt, where he is also the co-founder and director of Behavioral Health at the award-winning ICU Recovery Center, one of the first comprehensive clinical resources devoted to diagnosing and treating survivors of both mild and critical illness, including those who survived Covid-19.  He is the author of over 150 scientific papers in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals and his research has been highlighted in the pages of The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired, as well as on CNN and PBS among dozens of others.  

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