More than Surviving During COVID-19 for School Social Workers

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School social workers are in a unique position to offer students and their families support during this crisis.  Because we are all in this together, and there are no tried and true ways to manage, families must adapt — and may be able to respond to their members in ways that actually relieve stress.  Yet many families are also at risk of becoming overwhelmed with new demands on coping.  We know and must respond to the needs of most vulnerable students.  This webinar will examine ideas of stress and resilience, to provide social workers with ideas and interventions that could provide the supports that families need, to address hardships but also build resilient responses.  Of particular importance will be helping students who are struggling with online learning or whose special learning needs prevent them from positive engagement.  

Goal & Learning Objective 1: School Social Workers will be able to examine and explore how COVID-19 has changed their work experiences and skills

Goal & Learning Objective 2: School Social Workers will identify interventions that promote family resilience during this difficult time

Goal & Learning Objective 3: School Social Workers will decide how to best support special needs students who struggle to access the benefits of online learning — and families who cannot afford to fight with their children about school


Anne R Gearity, PhD, LICSW, started her career as a school social worker, serving very young children as educators embraced children birth to 21.  I learned two critical realities: that understanding early development is essential because so much is organized in these years before formal academic learning starts, and for many at risk children, schools offer protection when learning stays possible.  These truths have directed my professional life of over 4 decades.  I have an independent practice in Minneapolis, working with children, adolescents and adults, I consult to schools and agencies, and I am a clinical faculty with the department of psychiatry/ child psychiatry.  

2 CEU hours have been approved by the MN Board of Social Work.

The course cost is $20.00 for members, $65 for non-members (includes membership) and $40 for other professionals/out of state for the 120 minute (2 CEU) virtual course. 

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