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(NEW) Online Training – Navigating Life with COVID-19 Stress: Creative Ways to Foster Family Resilience

October 15 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $169.00, 6 CEUs Presenters:
Joyanna Silberg, PhD
Dahlia Rifkin, MA, LPC, BC-DMT
Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

In this workshop, the presenters will discuss how the trauma of the global pandemic affected and continues to affect children, families, schools, and professionals, and what to expect as families and children transition to this new academic year with ongoing COVID-19 stress. Research tells us that creative activities help coping following community disasters, and in this workshop we will present some creative interventions using movement and visual arts to foster expression of feelings and build family and community cohesion.

Grieving for what was lost continues as the world starts to return to a new normal. We will discuss how to process reactions of grief, anxiety, fear, and depression, as children, teens, and families begin to transition to this new academic year.

Interventions will focus on helping children, families, schools, and mental health professionals understand what they HAVE, who they ARE, and what they CAN DO. Telling narratives that involve highlighting mastery and self-efficacy will be discussed.

This workshop is appropriate for therapists working with adults, families or children and for school personnel who will be interacting with children as they return to school.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


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Learning Objectives

  • Identify how the trauma of the global pandemic has affected children and families
  • Describe common feelings of depression and anxiety associated with re-entering a less restricted world
  • Demonstrate creative interventions that address grief, fear, and anxiety and promote health and resilience


8:45- 9:15 am

  • Introductory exercises

9:15-10:00 am

  • Disaster research, fostering resilience

10:00-10:08 am    BREAK

10:08- 11:00 am

  • COVID-19 effects on children, teens, college students, summary of therapeutic tasks

11:00-11:07 am      BREAK

11:07-12:00 pm

  • Demonstrating creative interventions

12:00-1:00 pm      LUNCH

1:00-2:00 pm

  • Family tasks, effects on parenting and family interventions

2:00-2:08 pm   BREAK

2:08-3:00 pm

  • Effects in schools and interventions for teachers and students

3:00-3:07 pm    BREAK

3:07-4:15 pm

  • Effects on mental health professionals, interventions for self-care, case application and questions