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This installment of the "Conversations that Matter" series was hosted by the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at the George Washington University.

Moderated by Dr. Maggie Parker, Assistant Professor of Counseling at GSEHD

For months during COVID19, 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?

A panel of child development and mental health experts explores these questions, suggests developmentally appropriate ways to respond, and provides guidance about when therapy or additional support may be warranted.


  • Maggie M. Parker, PhD, LPC, BCS, RPT-S, CCPT-S,
    The George Washington University (moderator)
  • Kristie Opiola, PhD, LPC (Texas), RPT,
    University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Dee Ray, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S,
    University of North Texas
  • Quinn K. Smelser, PhD, NCC, LPC, RPT,
    Loyola University
  • LaKaavia Taylor, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT, CCPT,
    University of North Texas
For more information, please request information or contact our admission office at gsehdadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-9283.