HCMx Radio 148: Creating Support Guides for Dealing with COVID-19

Guest: AllenComm CEO Ron Zamir, Dr. Anne Marie Albano and Dr. Barbara Stanley of Columbia University Department of Psychiatry 

Ron Zamir has been the CEO of AllenComm since 2003 and has led learning and business organizations since 1991, in Israel, South Africa and across the USA. He spends his time partnering with clients to discover how learning and development can scale to have a real impact on learner engagement and retention. Ron brings 22 years of experience in marketing, sales and education methodologies to the field of corporate training. Ron’s thought leadership articles have been featured in training magazines, blogs and eBooks as well as at conferences world-wide. Ron is an Honors graduate of Hebrew University, has Academic degrees and certifications in multiple fields such as International Relations, Business, Archaeology, and Instructional Design. He is the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship for Leadership and Democracy and volunteers his time in local community affairs, economic development and local charter school boards.

About AllenComm

For over 35 years, AllenComm has partnered with Fortune 100 companies to create and scale unique, innovative learning solutions. Extensive instructional design experience, innovative learning technologies, and agency-level creative teams enable AllenComm to stand out in the learning landscape. Considered one of the top ten firms of its kind in the country, AllenComm wins over 40 awards year after year for their tailored learning solutions. With internal workforce and experience, AllenComm is uniquely positioned in the learning space to meet multiple needs from small to very large change management projects. Partnering with AllenComm to supplement and support human capital management needs has helped customers reduce expenses, shorten onboarding periods, and raise the impact of sales and compliance efforts. For more information, visit allencomm.com.


AllenComm and Columbia University Psychiatric Department Collaborate to Create Guides to Support During COVID-19

AllenComm has partnered with the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry to create two free online guides that provide coping skills for getting through the anxiety and tension from the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19: Tips for Facing the Lockdown is a free digital guide designed by AllenComm and written by Dr. Barbara Stanley Professor of Medical Psychology at the Columbia University Psychiatric Department. COVID-19: 5 Tips to Face Your Anxiety is a free digital guide designed by AllenComm and written by Dr. Anne Marie Albano, author, and Founder of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. These free resources are designed as a public service by AllenComm and Columbia University during these critical times.

“Staying inside poses many challenges. For some, it’s loneliness and isolation; for others, it’s coping with being in close quarters with family members or roommates,” says Dr. Stanley. “There are simple, tried and true techniques that psychologists have developed that we can all use to get us through this difficult time.”

COVID-19: Tips for Facing the Lockdown addresses common frustrations caused by being stuck in the house. The guide is laid out in easy-to-navigate modules and covers helpful topics such as regulating your mood, using mindfulness to accept what can’t be changed, finding ways to treat yourself, harnessing the power of changing up your routine to alter your perspective, and finding ways to preserve or strengthen your relationships.  This free resource can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection on their mobile device or computer. These guides can also be hosted on corporate, educational and governmental learning management systems free of charge. Contact AllenComm for more information.

“As L&D leaders, we are committed to sharing these effective coping skills to the public at large,” said Ron Zamir, AllenComm CEO. “While our country focuses on the medical care of so many Americans, we shouldn’t forget that our mental health is under assault.  During these times of crisis, we are proud of our partners and our team for helping scale this type of learning to the masses so quickly.”


Course guide links:

COVID-19: 5 Tips to Face Your Anxiety

COVID-19: Tips for Facing the Lockdown


Topics and questions include:

  • What resources can be deployed quickly to help companies during these challenging times?
  • Describe the necessary coping skills and the science behind them for COVID-19: 5 Tips to Face Your Anxiety
  • The power of proactive engagement
  • Self-care
  • What technology can — and cannot — do
  • Focusing on what you can control
  • And more!

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