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Pediatric Mental Health in the Wake of a Pandemic: Data, Strategies and Stories

12:00pm - May 19, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Southeast MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2021
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About the Event: Region IV PHTC

Join us for this co-sponsored event with the Region IV Public Health Training Center.

The recent pandemic has created a confluence of uncertainty, social isolation, and disruptions in services and supports important to children. The nature and extent of the mental health impact on this age group depends on pre-existing vulnerabilities, contextual issues related to their COVID experiences, and the effectiveness of response efforts. In this interactive, virtual webinar, risks and protective factors will be identified, and effective strategies for promoting recovery from pandemic related distress will be explored using a developmental lens and a social-ecological framework. Whenever possible, child and parent narratives will be used to illustrate concepts. 


Learning Objectives

1. Identify risk and protective factors that may make a child more vulnerable to mental health difficulties during a pandemic. 

2. Apply a contextual lens to understand how COVID-19 related factors may interact with vulnerabilities to amplify or reduce risk.  

3. Utilize developmentally appropriate strategies to improve child and youth well-being in pandemic conditions.   


About the Presenter: 

Ginny Sprang, PhDGinny Sprang, PhD, is a professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky, and the Executive Director of the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children.  She is the Principal Investigator of the SAMHSA-funded Category II Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center, the Category III Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute, and Chair Emeritus of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Collaborative group. She has or currently holds national leadership positions in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as a steering committee member and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Special Interest Group Chair for the Terrorism and Disaster Committee. Dr. Sprang has over 125 publications on topics such as child trauma, trauma informed care, the commercial sexual exploitation of minors, implementation and sustainability, disaster response, and secondary traumatic stress.