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I would like to share the following video that was forwarded to me by a colleague: The video is by a physician, Dr. David Price, at Cornell Medical Center who works with COVID-19 patients everyday. His message is simple and empowering. You’ll feel better and less afraid after watching the video.

Here are the 5 main things that Dr. Price said:

(1) In the vast majority of cases, people contract COVID-19 because they touch their face (eyes, nose, and mouth) with hands that have the virus on them. So, never touch your face with your hands.

(2) To remind yourself to not touch your face, Dr. Price suggested putting on a mask when you go outside (not the type of masks medical professionals need like N-95 mask but non-medical grade mask like home-made mask) or even a bandanna around your face. 

(3) Wash your hands frequently to keep them clean. If you are out in public and need to touch a surface, carry a hand sanitizer (e.g., Curell) so you can clean your hands. If you can’t clean your hands right away after touching an outside surface, do not touch your face. Try to use your elbow or some other ways to touch a surface without your hands.

(4) When you return home, wash your hands. When you touch things that came from the outside (like a food delivery bag), do not touch that thing more than you need to, dispose of it, and then wash your hands.

(5) Do not touch others (like shaking hands) and then touch your face. Practice social (physical) distancing. Social (physical) distancing needs to be the norm for the near future.

Dr. Price called the coronavirus a “wimp” that gets destroyed with a simple sanitizer or soap and water. He said we just need to follow the simple rule of keeping our hands clean, not touching our face, and keeping social (physical) distance in case you or others are carriers of the virus. But he also said it’s okay to be nice to others and say hello. Just don’t touch them and stay 6 feet away. 

Dr. Price’s information is incredibly empowering because he explains that we can control the virus and we do NOT need to be controlled by the virus.

The video is 57 minutes but very informative and empowering. Please do view it with your entire family.

American Psychological Association
News Release

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Kim I. Mills
(202) 336-6048


Association president warns against spreading xenophobia along with virus

WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association joins with prominent health groups such as the World Health Organization in condemning the use of language linking the coronavirus with China or a specific region within China (e.g., “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus”). Such language tends to promote bias and xenophobia, which can have damaging health effects on Asian Americans and other minorities.

“Decades of research show discrimination is associated with poorer health and mental health among LGBTQ, Asian-American, African-American, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Muslim American and Latinx populations,” said APA President Sandra L. Shullman, PhD. “Stigmatized groups are particularly vulnerable during epidemics and pandemics—and it can put them and others at increased risk. That’s because stigma can lead people to hide symptoms of illness and refrain from seeking medical care to avoid discrimination.”

She noted an increasing number of news reports document instances of stereotyping, harassment and bullying directed at people perceived to be of Asian descent following the spread of the new coronavirus.

“Members of stigmatized groups may not seek health care when they need it and may further isolate themselves, which comes with its ownhealth risks,” she said.“In addition, stigmatized groups are more likely to be un- or underinsured, to have difficulty accessing culturally appropriate care, and to face bias in health-care systems, all of which ultimately compound the difficulty of containing the spread of viruses.”

APA has developeda fact sheetwith guidance for policymakers, leaders, the media and the public on how to talk about the coronavirus in a manner that does not stigmatize any group.

“We all share responsibility for good public health practice,” Shullman said. “Just as we know to wash our hands and maintain appropriate social distance, we should practice good behaviors when it comes to embracing and valuing diverse peoples and communities.”

Here’s a roundup of APA resources for students, faculty, psychologists, supervisors, trainees and high school teachers of psychology. Thought it might be easier to provide these quick links.

Please share with colleagues, post to other listservs and pass along to psychologists, postdocs, interns and students who are seeking information and guidance. Be sure to check the APA website weekly for updates and new resources.


Cathi Grus, PhD

Chief Education Officer

American Psychological Association


APA Commission on Accreditation COVID-19 updates
The Commission on Accreditation is having discussions to formulate guidance regarding accreditation and OPCA staff are working to communicate this guidance as it is formulated.


COVID-19 Education FAQs 

Addressing issues affecting graduate students, postdocs, interns and faculty with supervision and training responsibilities.

APA electronic resources available for distance learning

Free access to a variety of books and other academic materials offered during shut-down period.


APA offers free access to Publication Manual and other resources through May 25
To support academic libraries and their many patrons, we are providing temporary free access to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th and 7th editions), the Concise Guide to APA Style, and more than 160 other books published by APA Books through VitalSource and RedShelf.


Advice for psychology supervisors and trainees on caring for patients during the COVID-19 crisis
As public health and education officials continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, here is advice for supervisors and trainees at psychology training programs on how to prepare for and adapt to fluctuating circumstances specific to patient care.

COVID-19 relevant free journal articles
This free collection includes relevant psychological research published across the APA Journals portfolio. We will update this collection on an ongoing basis.


Free CE series on telepsychology best practice 
For a limited time, APA'S four-part Continuing Education in Psychology series "Telepsychology Best Practice 101" is available free of charge. 


Psychology lesson plans made available to all teachers by APA
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) has made psychology unit lessons available freely for the benefit all teachers.


Conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic
Advice from psychological researchers on protecting participants, animals and research plans.

2019 Telemental Health Laws app

APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology

APA Telepsychology 50-State Review

Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health

California Telehealth Resource Center

Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions

HIPAA-Compliant Videoconferencing Companies: Telemental Health Therapy Comparisons

Informed Consent Checklist for Telepsychological Services

Managing Risks of Telepsychology

Office and Technology Checklist for Telepsychology Services

Reviewing Options for Videoconferencing

Video Companies Claiming "HIPAA Compliance"

Low cost online therapy  

free and helpful resources for students, parents, educators, and a variety of other professionals.  

The Chinese now understand the behavior of the Covid19 Virus, thanks to autopsies they have carried out.

This virus is characterized by obstructing respiratory pathways with thick mucus that solidifies and blocks the airways and lungs.

So they have discovered that in order to be able to apply a medicine, you have to open and unblock these airways so that the treatment can be used to take effect.  However, all of this takes a number of days.

Their recommendations for what you can do to SAFEGUARD yourself are:

1. DRINK LOTS OF HOT LIQUIDS (soups, teas, coffees, warm water, etc).  In addition, take a SIP OF WARM WATER EVERY 20 MINUTES, because this keeps your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that enters your mouth into your stomach, where the gastric juices will neutralize it before it can get to the lungs.

2. GARGLE WITH AN ANTISEPTIC IN WARM WATER (vinegar, salt, lemon) every day, if possible.

3. The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes.  Any detergent or soap kills it.  YOU MUST TAKE A BATH OR SHOWER WHEN YOU GET IN FROM THE STREET.  Avoid sitting down anywhere and go straight to the bathroom or shower.  If you cannot wash your clothes daily, hang them in DIRECT SUNLIGHT, which also neutralizes the virus.

4. WASH METALLIC SURFACES VERY CAREFULLY, because the virus can remain viable on these for up to 9 days.  Take note and be vigilant about touching handrails, door handles, etc.  Within your own house as well, make sure keeping these surfaces clean and wiping them down regularly.


6. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY USING ANY SOAP THAT FOAMS.  Do this for 20 seconds and wash thoroughly.

7. EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.  Try to elevate your ZINC levels, not just your VITAMIN C levels.

8. Animals do NOT spread the virus to people.  This is PERSON TO PERSON TRANSMISSION.

9. Try to AVOID GETTING THE COMMON FLU, because already weakens your system.  Try to AVOID EATING AND DRINKING COLD THINGS.

10. If you feel any discomfort in your throat or a sore throat coming on, attack it immediately using the above methods.  THE VIRUS ENTERS THE SYSTEM THIS WAY AND REMAINS FOR 3-4 DAYS WITHIN THE THROAT BEFORE IT PASSES INTO THE LUNGS.


Stanley Sue

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Clinical and Professional Practice (Division I)


March 19, 2020

Dear Division I Members,

We are all faced with new challenges in these difficult times surrounding COVID19 (Novel Coronavirus). Anxiety is high as witnessed through our patients, our community, in the news, and social media. Everything can seem rather confusing, especially as this pertains to our practice of clinical psychology. Whether you’re in private practice or within an organization, we all are faced with challenges of providing clinical services to patients whose mental health needs do not stop amid a global pandemic.

The CPA Division I Board supports you all through these critical times, beginning with information about how COVID19 affects your clinical practice. CPA will continue to update all CPA members on how this pandemic affects us all. Below you will find helpful links from CPA, APA, and many other organizations to assist you in your clinical practice. Of course, as fluid as the situation is please check these sites often for the most updated information. Be on the lookout for information alerts, sign up for member listservs, and follow CPA on social media to be well informed.

California Psychological Association
You can click this link to find more information from CPA. This link is constantly updated with the most up to date information.CPA Website Coronavirus Resources Page. The CPA resources page is open to the public. The section on Telepsychology in CPA’s Professional Tools and Resources does require login. Many of the resources available from the American Psychological Association (APA) are also on the CPA resource page.

American Psychological Association
You can click this link to find more information from APA.APA COVID-19 Update for Professionals and Public. This information is updated regularly. They also put out a brief but powerful article onHow to Protect your Patients and Your Practice.

Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions
This document is a recent update by regardingMedicare coverage for telehealth services. Here is the Information Alert recently sent by CPA regarding the newCMS Press Release Regarding Telehealth.

National Association of School Psychologists
This organization has put out a good paper onTalking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource. Helpful to refer to for children and parents.

Telehealth Options
When it comes to telehealth, there are many good options to choose from. Here is a comparison of options available inComparing the latest telehealth solutions. When it comes to consenting for telehealth services, refer to theInformed consent checklist for telepsychological services.

The CDC has a wealth of information to protect yourself and what to do if you think you're sick. It also has information for family, managing anxiety and stress, and so much more. You can find it here atCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.

Orders for Shelter In Place affecting Clinical Practice
For counties in the Bay area and potentially future counties, shelter in place orders are being imposed by their respective county health officers. At least for San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties, the health order considers appointments with a mental health professional as an essential visit, even though many providers have moved to telepsychological visits.

All Division I members are CPA members so please know that CPA is here to help you. To request a consultation on professional practice issues please contact CPA’s Director of Professional Affairs, Elizabeth Winkelman, JD, PhD at (916) 286-7979, x119


David Lin
Division I Chair

I wanted to pass along some resources I received during a call today with the National Center for PTSD


Managing Stress Associated with COVID-19:


LANCET: The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence (2020)

JAMA: Supporting the Health Care Workforce During the COVID-19 Global Epidemic (2019)

NEJM: Virtually Perfect? Telemedicine for COVID-19 (2020)

APA and ATA: Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health (2018) health-guide

American Psychiatric Association Telepsychiatry Toolkit (but great resource for others as well):
American Telemedicine Association: The ATA Response to COVID-19 (new)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Sending all the best thoughts during this challenging time, 

Julie Dimmitt, Ph.D.,Licensed Clinical Psychologist

15951 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite 14Los Gatos, CA 95032

Phone: 408-402-8522 Email: Website:

Resources to Share with Patients:

NCTSN: Parent/Caregiver guide to helping families cope with COVID-19:

WHO: Briefing note on mental health aspects of COVID-19

SAMHSA: Taking care of your behavioral health:

Lecture on Coronavirus anxiety: Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety

CDC: Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities:

If your patients get bored at home:

Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families & Kids

49 Montessori-inspired ideas for indoor activities with your kids

These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

I am forwarding some very helpful information from APA and Jared Skillings, PhD, ABPP that I've received to use if you decide to move to telehealth during this time. I have received an overwhelming amount of emails regarding this issue and have found this to be the most useful.

Good afternoon, colleagues.  We recognize that due to COVID-19 many psychologists are rapidly moving to deliver professional services through telehealth.  APA is here to support you during this emergency and are working 15+ hour days to develop resources for practice, and to advocate for telehealth access and reimbursement.      We are partnering with state associations to advocate with Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payors.  More information will be forthcoming on that effort soon. APA has quickly developed new resources that psychologists can use for telehealth.  These were finalized late last night, and I wanted to make them available to you ASAP.  They are attached for your immediate use:  Informed Consent Telepsychology checklist.  (For use in your clinical record.  Please add your own letterhead.).Office & Technology Preparation Checklist.  (For reference to prepare your office and practice for telehealth.).  These documents have been reviewed by several practicing psychologists and attorneys.  We hope they will be helpful.  Please disseminate far and wide – to professional lists, APA/Division/SPTA members and nonmembers, system administrators, community leaders, social media, etc.   Because psychologists are leaders in health and mental health, we will offer these resources to our partner associations in social work, psychiatry, counseling, etc. to benefit their providers and the communities they serve too. To learn more about telepsychology practice, consider the online CE course:Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Webinar Series.  For help choosing a telehealth platform, see the free online article, “Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions.”    Best Regards, Jared L. Skillings, PhD, ABPPChief of Professional Practice, American Psychological Association ServicesBoard-certified in Clinical, Clinical Health, and Behavioral & Cognitive PsychologyCertified Black Belt, Six Sigma Process Improvement202-336-5913 || Twitter: @JLSkillings | 

Please feel free to email me directly at if you have any questions

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