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Not Their Crime but Still Their Sentence: Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents

3:00pm - April 29, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: April 29, 2021
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Children of incarcerated parents often face a myriad of emotional, psychological, and educational challenges. This webinar will increase participant’s awareness of those challenges and highlight the needs of children of incarcerated parents. Information regarding factors that can impact adjustment to parental incarceration will be described as well as strategies that can be utilized to support the social and emotional well-being of this important and often ignored population of youth.

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Dana Cunningham, Ph.D.
is a licensed psychologist and Faculty Consultant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cunningham is the Program Director of the Prince George’s School Mental Health Initiative, which is a school-based mental health program designed to support the emotional and behavioral needs of students in special education. Dr. Cunningham is also the Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement for Black Mental Wellness, Inc. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Cunningham’s clinical and research interests include trauma, children of incarcerated parents, and increasing access to care for underserved youth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of incarceration on youth
  • Describe factors that can impact adjustment to parental incarceration
  • Identify strategies that can be used to support children of incarcerated parents


Who Should Attend?
Professionals who are supporting children of incarcerated parents


Certificates of attendance will be available to viewers of 50% (30 minutes) or more of the live webinar (via email within 30 business days post-event). CEUs are not offered for this session. The webinar slide presentation and recording will be posted to the website.


This presentation is provided in partnership with the Mental Health Association of Maryland.