Topic: Post-Pandemic Parenting, Dealing with the Emotional Impact

March 23rd, 6:30-7:30 pm (Online)
Led by Karene Martin-Russell, BSW, RSW Child, Youth and Family Therapist

  • Learn how to recognize emotional distress in your children.
  • Strategies for managing emotional escalations.
  • Learn how to know when to seek help.

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parenting series: pandemic parenting, dealing with the emotional impact

How this Workshop Can Help

Throughout the many stages of the pandemic, the last two years have brought out many difficult emotions in families, whether pre-existing or newly experienced. The challenge for parents is understanding the emotional impact that this pandemic has had on their kids and supporting their children to manage them despite the ever-changing landscape of their lives. Also, parents are having to come to terms with their own emotions while trying to parent as best they can, given the circumstances. This webinar hopes to normalize some of the emotional responses of parents and their children and offer some coping strategies for navigating through pandemic realities.
"I am excited to welcome all parents to this important workshop and have the opportunity to outline solutions to support you and your family through this difficult time."

What You'll Learn:
  • Recognizing signs of emotional distress in children
  • Strategies for managing emotional escalations
  • Talking about challenges related to pandemic living
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Managing parental expectations
  • Knowing when to seek help

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Online workshops are open to all Human Strong users.  Although the workshops can have limited seating, you're welcome to join as many workshops as you like.  We value the community and encourage you to share this workshop with friend & family.

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Meet the Workshop's Therapist:

Karene Martin-Russell, Child, Youth and Family Therapist

Focus: Child, Youth and Family Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, Family Relationships, Peer Relationships, Trauma, Grief, Bullying, Self-Esteem, Problematic Behaviour, Anger
As a social worker with 10 years of experience, I have met with a lot of families and I can tell you that you are not alone. Life is full of hard moments but I believe that there is no problem that can’t be navigated. It might take a lot of effort and persistence but that’s why I am here to help.

I have a Bachelor of Social Work degree and I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers in good standing. I have experience treating a range of childhood and youth issues as well as parenting struggles, family relationship difficulties and trauma. The primary modality I use is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT); however, I infuse various techniques to tailor treatment to my client’s needs as appropriate, such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, play therapy and narrative therapy.

I believe in collaboration because although I have the expertise, your motivation and ability to do the work is what moves you forward. In session, you can expect me to be understanding and non-judgemental as we identify your needs and what is getting in the way of your functioning. I will treat you like an individual and at the same time see you in the context of your surrounding life, including family, culture, support systems, interests and spirituality. I will be patient while also challenging you to push yourself to achieve your goals, giving you strategies and tools to maintain a better life.

The best compliment I’ve received is that I always take into account every aspect of a person’s life. Clients have thanked me for never giving up on them and for leading them to the right path they couldn’t find on their own. For me, the most satisfying moment is when I can see a child, youth or parent finally taking control again, realizing their capacity to change, and walking into greater possibilities. I look forward to meeting with you and supporting you on your own journey.