Course Type

Brief Learning Series

All Scheduled Dates

Course Length

75 minutes



Learners who complete this course will receive a certificate of completion from the Academy.

Learners who complete all five courses in the Series: Tools for Coping with Stress and Trauma will receive a certificate of completion for the series.

Managing Perceptions of Control


Among the many challenges that people face right now are a sense of ongoing uncertainty and lack of control. Although we may never fully be able to anticipate challenges that lie ahead, there is growing research suggesting that how we perceive our ability to cope with stress and adapt to challenges can make a difference in our mental health. This course will review recent work highlighting the importance of proactive coping and self-efficacy, as well as easy-to-use techniques that provide a sense of control and reduce worrying during times of uncertainty.


Participants will:

  • Define anxiety and its effect on the human body
  • Discuss the impact of current events on the desire to be more in control
  • Explore several techniques, including ABCDE and THINK to combat feelings of anxiety and regain feelings of control


This course is part of a Series: Tools for Coping with Stress and Trauma. Learners are invited to register for one or more of the five courses in this series:

Those who complete all five courses will receive a certificate of completion for the series.


This course will include presentation as well as opportunities to participate and discuss the tools presented.


This course is open to staff of any non-profit community organization or government agency that delivers social services in NYC.


Adam Brown, PhD

This training is led by Dr. Adam Brown, Director of the Trauma and Global Mental Health Lab, Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research. The focus of the lab’s work is to develop and implement culturally-responsive capacity building strategies aimed at reducing gaps in mental health care by training individuals to contribute to the wellbeing of others in their communities.