What Matters Now: Emotional Balance and Core Needs in the Post-Pandemic Era
Date and Time:
Mar 1 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: Event start time is Central Time (CT).


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Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D.

Chief Clinical Officer, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Maru Torres-Gregory, JD, Ph.D., LMFT

Couples and family therapist and faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program atThe Family Institute at Northwestern University

What Matters Now: Emotional Balance and Core Needs in the Post-Pandemic Era

Advice | Anxiety | Community | Connection | Covid-19 | Culture | Family | Love | Marriage | Mental Health | Parenting | Psychology | Relationships | Stress | Therapy | Well Being

The results of the American Psychological Association’s 2020 survey on stress led the organization to sound a devastating alarm: “We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.” Mental health professionals have a front row seat to this crisis. They have the privilege and the challenge of having profound conversations within which themes of helplessness, loss, isolation, uncertainty, and polarization are pervasive. Less expected and often generative are the “what matters now?” conversations that our unprecedented and chronic circumstances have pushed into the fore. The changes that we have been pressed to make have had unanticipated consequences; people are reevaluating their priorities.

Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D. and Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., LMFT from The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI), both clinicians and educators with decades of experience, will share their experience and expertise. Their perspectives are deeply informed by their work on the “emotional frontlines” of the pandemic. They will reflect on the substantial mental health challenges we face, the themes woven in this crisis, and the opportunities to access meaning and increase resilience.

Dr. Burgoyne is the Chief Clinical Officer at TFI. A licensed clinical psychologist and family therapist, she teaches and supervises in TFI’s academic programs and has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years. As part of the organization’s executive leadership team, she focuses on the Institute’s mission to provide high quality, scientifically informed care by leading practice-wide clinical quality improvement initiatives that advance clinical skills and client care.

Dr. Torres-Gregory is a Core Faculty member in the Master Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at TFI, where she teaches, supervises, and mentors therapists and supervisors in training. She holds an active clinical practice, helping couples, families and individuals struggling with relational, individual, cultural, and systemic difficulties. Dr. Torres-Gregory maintains a media presence through frequent interviews for Noticias Univisión Chicago, as well as her contributions to publications such as Medium, Women’s Health Magazine Online, Bustle, and The Wall Street Journal.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.