Personal and Professional Mental Health Awareness in the Time of COVID-19


April 9, 2020

Presented by: Dr. Christine Norton & Lynette Spencer

Webinar Description: 

This webinar covers topics such as the prevalence of mental health issues, normalized increase in mental health vulnerability during times of chronic stress/crisis, red flags to notice in yourself and others (especially focused on anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide), the role of trauma (triggers, CNS activation, etc.), awareness of vicarious trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue for helpers, incorporation of the Experiential Wave theory to mental health treatment, wellness tools and tips, & resources for professional help.  

Resources: Power Point Presentation


The Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group is committed to the development and promotion of adventure-based programming and the principles of experiential education in therapeutic settings. We are also committed to the professional development of our members and the profession as a whole.


About Christine:
Dr. Christine Lynn Norton received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Texas. She has over 20 years of experience working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including therapeutic wilderness programs, juvenile justice, schools, mentoring and campus support programs. She has taught as adjunct faculty at The University of Denver, Prescott College, and Naropa University. Her areas of practice and research interest and expertise are in positive youth development; innovative interventions in child and adolescent mental health; adventure therapy; outdoor behavioral healthcare; experiential education; foster care support in higher education; and international social work. Dr. Norton is a Research Scientist with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center and she helped launch Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success (FACES) at Texas State. She is the Foster Care Liaison Officer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and is the founder of the Foster Care Adventure Therapy Network, an international group of programs and practitioners who utilize adventure therapy with current and former foster care youth and young adults.  Dr. Norton is active in study abroad and is also a Fulbright Scholar, teaching adventure therapy in the Department of Civic Education and Leadership at National Taiwan Normal University.
About Lynette: 
Lynette Spencer received her social work degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Aurora University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois and has over 30 years of experience in many aspects of her field, including home health social work, child welfare, psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, emergency department crisis assessment, and outpatient psychotherapy. Lynette is the founder and executive director of Adventure Works and founding partner of Action Consulting and Therapy, both in Northern Illinois. Adventure Works has been an AEE member since inception in 2010, achieving the OBH AEE Accreditation in 2017, and an OBH Council member program since 2015. Lynette is currently serving as chair of the OBH Council and is thrilled to be a bridge between the two organizations.