Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health - Post Pandemic

November 2nd: 7-8 pm (Online)
Led by Karene Martin-Russell, BSW, RSW Child, Youth and Family Therapist

Join us on November 2nd for this important workshop where you will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights on how to navigate and support your children through emotional distress. Learn how to recognize the subtle signs of emotional distress in your children, enabling you to provide them with the necessary understanding and support they need. Additionally, our expert therapist will share effective strategies for managing emotional escalations, equipping you with the tools to help your children regulate their emotions in a healthy way. Furthermore, you will learn when and how to seek professional help, ensuring that you can provide your children with the appropriate resources and support when they need it most. Don't miss out on this empowering workshop that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support your children's emotional well-being.

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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 few 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. As the world gradually begins to recover from the effects of the pandemic, it is important for parents to acknowledge the unique emotional challenges their children may be facing.

This workshop aims to provide parents with valuable insights and practical strategies to help their children navigate through the post-pandemic realities with resilience and emotional well-being.

Also, parents are having to come to terms with their own emotions while trying to parent as best they can, given the circumstances. The pandemic has brought forth a rollercoaster of emotions for parents, ranging from anxiety and fear to frustration and exhaustion. It is crucial for parents to recognize that they are not alone in experiencing these emotions and that it is normal to feel overwhelmed during such unprecedented times.

This workshop seeks to normalize the emotional responses of parents, offering a safe space for them to share their feelings and gain a deeper understanding of their own emotional well-being. In addition to providing support and guidance for parents, this webinar will also address the emotional needs of children during the post-pandemic period.

Our expert therapist will share effective coping strategies that parents can employ to help their children manage their emotions and adapt to the new realities. By creating a nurturing and supportive environment, parents can play a crucial role in fostering their children's emotional resilience and promoting their mental well-being.

 We invite you to join us November 2nd and be a part of a supportive community that understands the emotional challenges faced by parents and children alike. Together, we can navigate through the post-pandemic realities with resilience, empathy, and hope.
"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

Interested in Joining Other Workshops?

Check Out the Monthly Workshop Schedule.

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.