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Affirming and Supporting Our Children as they Go Back to School: Considerations for Families, Educators and Community Members

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

SAMHSa webinar

Sponsored by SAMHSA 

We have lived through unprecedented times as the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, racial turmoil, political upheaval and even weather crises spread across our communities. From March of 2020 until this upcoming September of 2021, many schools were completely closed while others offered a hybrid model of education. Many parents were unexpectedly working from home or worse – out of work altogether. These circumstances resulted in heightened stress, anxiety, social isolation, fear, and trauma for our children. In addition, virtual schooling did not always provide the needed academic or social supports for many students as they fell behind both academically and developmentally. Now, as the curtain begins to lift, and the “new normal” rolls into place, schools are re-opening and many parents are back to work. How do parents, teachers, and caring adults within the community provide the supports children need to make this next transition in ways that are both affirming, and successful? This webinar will provide practical tips and tools for adults on the front lines with children in the months ahead.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar participants will:

• Gain an understanding of how these months of crisis after crisis may have impacted families and children
• Gain information on how to help parents adapt trauma-informed parenting strategies to talk to children about both their hopes and dreams as well as their fears and concerns upon returning to school and other activities of daily living
• Be able to list and use 5 practical tips for supporting children before, during and after school hours

Presenter – Susan (Sue) Badeau – writes and speaks extensively on topics related to children, particularly those with special needs and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader at state, regional and national conferences. She has worked in child-serving fields including adoption, foster care, juvenile justice, children’s mental health and public and private education agencies for 33 years. She has developed curricula on many topics used to train professional child welfare staff, adoptive and foster parents, judges, attorneys and youth. In addition, she was a policy consultant for public and private agencies, universities and court systems. Sue serves on national boards of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), National Center for Youth in Custody, All Children, All Families, and Justice for Families.


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