The Great Lakes MHTTC School-based Supplement offers this training for mental health and school-based mental health professionals in HHS Region 5:
IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.
February 22, 2021
Youth are increasingly battling COVID-19 while experiencing social isolation, loss of connections, loneliness and mental illness in record numbers. In a recent nationwide survey half of all college and high school-age students report being worried about their own mental health due to the pandemic.
This webinar series will provide learners with tools to assess mental health in young people, recognize common mental health disorders, and identify differences between typical adolescent behavior and the onset of mental illness. We will focus on identifying how students express common mental health challenges through remote learning. In addition, we will discuss the opportunities remote learning provides for identifying students’ mental health and responding with effective coping strategies.
- Review data on how COVID-19 has increased feelings of isolation and anxiety in youth
Discuss strategies for managing fear and anxiety in a time of social isolation
School personnel, mental health providers for youth, parents
Angela Begres is a licensed clinical social worker who trained and earned her MSW at the University of Chicago. She is an expert trainer and presenter with experience integrating mental health education programs into the curriculum for students and staff within the Chicago and West Cook County public schools. In Partnership with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Metro Suburban, Angela also developed a program to help decrease student stress and implement mindfulness in the classrooms. She has also worked with Chicago Family Services (DCFS) providing parenting education, with efforts to get parents reunited with their children.