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10/26/21 — USM, Maine Behavioral Healthcare to Present Symposium on Resilience in the Time of COVID

For Immediate Release: 10/26/21

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Lindsay Tice, USM Public Affairs Associate,, 207-838-8087

Marc Glass, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Maine Behavioral Healthcare,, 207-661-6100


USM, Maine Behavioral Healthcare to Present Symposium on Resilience in the Time of COVID


PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Southern Maine and Maine Behavioral Healthcare will present a daylong symposium to help people persevere during the pandemic.

The program, “Resilience from Trauma During the Time of Covid-19,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at Hannaford Hall on USM’s Portland Campus. Attendees may participate in person or online. Proof of full vaccination and masking is required for those who would like to participate in person at Hannaford Hall. The symposium is free, but registration is required

While the presentations are geared toward behavioral health professionals, the event is open to the USM community and the public.  

Dr. Christine Runyan, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the UMass Chan Medical School and Co-founder of Tend Health, will deliver the keynote address, “Fostering Your Innate Resilience.” 

The morning program will continue with the panel discussion “Resilience in the Face of Trauma: Individuals, Families, and Service Providers,” featuring Dr. Adele Baruch, Associate Professor and Chair of Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at USM; Susan Burns Chong, LCSW, Breathe Program Clinical Coach, Portland Public Schools and CAS student in Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at USM; and Alexandra Hood, graduate student in Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at USM.

 In the afternoon, Dr. Thomas Linehan, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Mount Wachusett Community College, will speak on “Understanding Trauma and Resilience Through the Magic of Every Interaction.” And the symposium will concludes with “Vicarious Resilience and the IMPACT of Caring” by Allegra Hirsh-Wright, MSW, LCSW, Training Manager and Project Director of Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Department of Clinical Innovation and an adjunct faculty member in USM’s School of Social Work.

“Resilience from Trauma During the Time of Covid-19” is made possible in part by a gift from the Pond Family Foundation, promoting awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.


About USM:

Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.


About Maine Behavioral Healthcare:

Maine Behavioral Healthcare, a division of MaineHealth, is a leading provider of mental health services, with over 30 outpatient locations throughout southern, western and mid-coast Maine, as well as Spring Harbor Hospital, providing an integrated continuum of comprehensive, coordinated behavioral healthcare for Maine residents of all ages. Learn more at