The Impact of COVID19 on Childhood Mental Health

SEP 20 - The Impact of COVID19 on Childhood Mental Health
Special Event
Sunday, September 20, 2020
5:00 PM
Via WebEx

Conversations that Matter: The Impact of COVID19 on Childhood Mental Health

Moderated by Dr. Maggie Parker, GSEHD Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development

For months now, children have been navigating a strange world without playdates, in-person schooling, or physical interaction outside of their immediate families. And while parents may be at home, they cannot always engage with their kids during work hours. So, what will be the impact of this “pandemic life” on the mental health and wellbeing of our children? And how can parents and teachers--who are also feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and emotional--best support children during this time?

Join us for a panel of child development and mental health experts who will explore these questions, suggest developmentally appropriate ways to respond, and provide guidance about when therapy or additional support may be warranted.

Panel topics will include:
* Mental health challenges that parents, children, and teachers may be experiencing
* How parents and teachers can recognize children’s emotional experiences
* How teachers and parents can respond to children who are hurting as a result of these significant changes
* How different schooling options, such as online, in-person, or hybrid, may influence mental health concerns in children

Panelists:
Dr. Maggie Parker, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development at the George Washington University
Dr. Kristie Opiola, Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Dr. Dee Ray, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Elaine Millikan Mathes Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas
Dr. Quinn K. Smelser, Clinical Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Loyola University
Dr. LaKaavia Taylor, Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of North Texas

If you are unable to attend the panel on September 20, a video recording will be made available after the event.