Processing the Pandemic

Impact on Families and School Teams

About this training series

Even in normal times, millions of children — as many as 1 in 5 — struggle with mental health or learning challenges. After over a year of pandemic lockdowns, social distancing and remote schooling, many more are in distress. Participants will hear from professionals in the Behavioral Health and Mental Health field as well as students and school teams.

Please join us for 5 free Webinars!
individual registrations for each event day, please sign up for each day you would like to attend. Visit our event website for more information! If you are interested in CEU's please make your selection during registration.

Effects of Stress on the Developing Child: Potential Pandemic Impacts

September 14
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Daniel L. Coury, MD

While there is widespread awareness of the rapid brain development in early childhood, the changes which occur during adolescence are often overlooked. Much of the behavior of pre-adolescents and adolescents can be attributed to maturation of the brain. These maturational changes are affected by life experiences, and the current Covid pandemic has potential to have significant impact on this generation of students. Implications for mitigating this impact will be discussed.


  • Be aware of the changes that occur in the brain during adolescence and how this is manifested in adolescent behavior.

  • Describe the impacts of stress and adverse childhood experiences on child development and health.

  • Discuss potential actions that can be taken to reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences and promote healthy growth and development.

CEU'S are available for $25.00, please select the CEU you're interested in during registration. You will be contacted after the webinar to setup payment

CSWFT $25.00

DODD $25.00

These will be issued after the training.

Considerations in Evaluating Students who are English Language Learners

September 21

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Maria Goldman

This presentation will discuss the prevalence, statistics, and learning concerns of students who are English Language Leaners in school settings. The presentation will focus on important factors (language, culture, acculturation), that can impact the evaluation process and assessments. The talk will also address the complex mental health and learning needs of children who are bilingual/bicultural.


  • To be familiar with different ways to assess and intervene with children of diverse backgrounds and non-native English speakers,

  • To integrate knowledge about various instruments to assess bilingual and bilingual children, To understand the complex mental health and learning needs for bilingual children living in the US

CEU'S are available for $25.00, please select the CEU you're interested in during registration. You will be contacted after the webinar to setup payment.

CSWFT $25.00

This will be issued after the training.

Accessing Speech and Occupational Therapy from Home

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Casandra Guarneros-Rosile M.S

Casandra Guarneros-Rosile M.S., CCC-SLP, Director at Casa Speech Therapy, Will share her experiences and the Impact that the pandemic has had on Families and Schools. Even in normal times, multitudes of children struggle with mental health or learning challenges, especially those with disabilities; the events of the past couple of years have been extremely trying, and many more children are in distress.

Casandra Guarneros-Rosile M.S., CCC-SLP has many years of experience working with children from preschool to adolescence concerning neurodevelopmental, and those with her professional areas of interest include Autism, early intervention, and bilingualism.

Processing The Pandemic Q&A

September 28

7:00 PM - 8: 00 PM

Jeff Thompson NAMI & Panel from Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center Teacher Cindy Williams and Social Worker Angie Hackley discuss Pre/Post Pandemic practices with Q&A discussion.

Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center is a separate public facility for students in grades K-12. The program addresses behavioral as well as emotional concerns that interfere with the students’ ability to learn in a regular public-school setting. Many of our students served at Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center are not able to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers. The students at Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center come to the program from surrounding counties.

Actually I Can - Pre/Post Pandemic with Michael (student speaker)

October 5

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Michael, a courageous High School Junior will share his journey both pre/ post pandemic. Discussion will include the tools and strategies that are designed to meet Michael’s ever changing needs and provide a meaningful education. It won’t take you long to discover his strong determination to do his best even in the midst of extreme challenges and his commitment to helping others find hope