Staying Connected with Students and Youth during COVID-19 Part 4: Cultivating Belonging in the Era of COVID-19


The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this event for school mental health personnel and behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI

In the wake of COVID-19 school closures, educators, parents, and students across the globe are coping with a new reality. In this webinar series we will explore research on belonging and connectedness, they key tenants of virtual communication for educators, and effective strategies for building virtual connectedness.

Our ability to stay connected and generate a sense of “home” and safety is critical during the pandemic, as well as beyond. Feeling connected is a key factor that impacts our well-being, productivity, engagement, and our ability to reduce internal stress. We may have to shelter-in-place and practice distancing, but there are still ways we can connect and practice inclusion.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the need for belonging and the impact of COVID-19 to our mental health,
  • Discuss the short- and long-term effects of social distancing
  • Provide key strategies for maintaining a culture of belonging in a virtual environment.


Speaker: Angela Begres

Angela BegresAngela is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her MSW from the University of Chicago. She is an experienced trainer and presenter contracted both independently and through various nonprofits in the Chicago area, Michigan, and others, 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.


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