Practice Strategies
Across Age & Culture During Covid: Delta Part II
Join us on October 29, 2021
9:30 to 11:30 via ZOOM

Hosted by NASW/CT’s Clinical Network, this is Part Two of a Panel Discussion presented first in April of 2021. Interest in the topic, a desire for additional discussion, the longevity of the pandemic, and then the Delta Variant have led us to Part Two. We welcome three social workers to discuss strategies and techniques they use with children, older adults, and communities of color during these difficult pandemic times. Again, the webinar will offer overviews across age and culture as each presenter highlights their specific population and will then permit attendees to join a breakout room of their choice for a deeper dive into discussion.
Christine Montgomery, LCSW, Vice President of Community and School Based Services at the Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven and educator on complex trauma, toxic stress, and promoting trauma informed practice, will explore the impact of COVID 19 on children from birth to 17. Children are experiencing disruption of routine, grief over missing significant life events, loss of safety and security, and upheaval of their schooling. Discussion will explore ways to help ease the pain of these uncertain times, explore ways to reduce long term impact on children’s mental health, and provide conversation starters to use with clients.

Molly Rees Gavin, LCSW is past president of Connecticut Community Care, a statewide nonprofit that identifies choices and provides services to help people of all ages, abilities, and incomes to live at home.  While research has identified the extraordinarily negative impact of isolation on older adults, COVID 19 brought the isolation to another level altogether! The risk of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse has grown while available caretakers has decreased in large numbers while social isolation, elimination of visiting hours, and quarantine expectations have all added to the mix of unprecedented isolation. Discussion will center on consistency of contact, brainstorming solutions with the client and colleagues, networking solutions, and available resources.

Janelle Bryan, PhD, MSW is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University in the Social Work Department. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Professor Bryan earned her MSW and her PhD at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Her areas of interest include organizational and community practice, the intersection of social work and public health, the social determinants of health, and political social work. Dr. Bryan has over a decade of experience in social work administration, program leadership and assessment, and community health and has conducted extensive research at the intersection of health care access, social justice and anti-oppression practices, and gender-based violence and discrimination.

Approved for 2 Cultural Competency CECs
$25 NASW Members * $45 Not Yet Members