Faculty Lecture Series
Most are aware, either through reading reports or personal experience, that Covid 19 has affected our quality of life. Covid 19 has increased mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and research suggests this is attributable to factors such as decreased connection to others and increased uncertainty. It is important to place the pandemic in a larger socio-political context in order to understand how it is shaping our lives. From this vantage point, we can work to identify our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions so that we might be in a better position not just to endure it, but to thrive because of it.
Dr. Flanigan has been teaching in the Communication Program at Rocky Mountain College since 2011. Realizing the limits of a strictly communication focus on exploring human connection, she returned to school and earned a Master’s degree in counseling. She now works to integrate her communication and counseling training in both her teaching and her work as a mental health professional.