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Scott Lewis, PhD, LPC, explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to implementation of unprecedented “social distancing” strategies crucial to limiting the spread of the virus. This training will discuss these constructs, how COVID-19 has affected our ability to manage them and review coping strategies to help combat the negative implications to mental health.

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Recognize the constructs of loneliness, isolation, and social distancing, their intra-relatedness, and the mechanisms by which they lead to poor physical and mental health
  • Explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased attention on social isolation and loneliness affecting individuals of all ages
  • Identify intervention strategies to help combat loneliness and social isolation.


Dr. Lewis has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website four weeks postcompletion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page.

Release Date: 12/22/2020 | Last Modified On: 12/22/2020 | Expires: 12/22/2021


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