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​​​COVID-19 Webinars​

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left students and staff facing many challenges. These webinars provide useful tips to help students and staff recover from the effects of the pandemic and support families during these uncertain times. 

Schools On Deck: Preparing for the Return of Students

Presented on July 30, 2020

The impact of school closures has been different for every child as have their experiences with being socially and physically distanced. The Georgia Department of Education’s Office of School Safety and Climate has partnered with the Stephanie Blank Foundation at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, and Georgia Center for Child Advocacy to provide school personnel and other stakeholders with resources and information on how to respond to and assist students as they return to schools and begin interacting with peers and school staff. This webinar includes an overview on recognizing basic signs of child abuse, neglect and trauma.​

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​On Deck: Preparing for the Return of Kids After Social Isolation

Presented on June 30, 2020

As children return to school, it is important for adults to ​​care for those who are vulnerable. The impact of the lockdown is different for every child. For all children, moving to a life of social distancing was a major change. While it is impossible to predict how the children will respond, there are things we can do to help children recalibrate to another major change. This webinar provides child serving personnel with tips on how to respond to best protect and assist the child and their family and will provide a brief overview on how to recognize basic signs of abuse and trauma. 

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Dr. David Schonfeld - When School Starts Back​: Supporting Grieving Students During a Pandemic (Part 2)

Presented on May 19, 2020

This session, intended for school mental health professionals but appropriate as well for those without formal mental health training, will provide practical advice on how to support grieving students in any context. A wide range of topics will be covered, including what not to stay, considerations related to grief across different cultures, how to initiate conversations with grieving students, identifying and addressing guilt, appropriate academic accommodations, and managing grief triggers.​

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Dr. David Schonfeld - When School Starts Back​: Helping Students and Yourself Cope with Crisis During a Pandemic (Part 1)

Presented on May 18, 2020

This session, intended for school mental health professionals, is an expanded session of the webinar presented by Dr. Schonfeld on May 5, 2020. It summarizes the principles of psychological first aid and common reactions that may be seen in any crisis event, including the current pandemic. It provides practical advice on how to help students and staff understand and cope with the current pandemic and begin to prepare for what may be needed to offer support to students when schools re-open.

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Dr. David Schonfeld - When School Starts Back: Helping Students and Yourself Cope with Crisis and Loss During a Pandemic​

Presented on May 5, 2020​​​​​

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Dr. David Schonfeld - Talking to and Supporting our Children During the Pandemic

Presented on April 2, 2020

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Dr. David Schonfeld - Supporting Students and Ourselves During a Pandemic

Presented on March 23, 2020

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COVID-19 Updates

Presented on March 11, 2020​

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Suicide Prevention​

Training Video: Making Educators Partners in Suicide Prevention

​Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) ​Online Training Courses​

Mental Health​

Virtual Mental Health Awareness Training: Detailed Course Menu

To best meet the professional development needs of educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, NAMI Georgia​ has moved several Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) programs online. Learn more...

Signals: Social-Emotional and Mental Health Development for Children and Teens - Interactive Webinar Series ​

​Through a series of five interactive webinars, educators and caregivers explore in-depth strategies to support the language development of young children. Risk factors and their impacts on mental health and social-emotional well-being were explored in detail including the critical role of language as an indicator of children’s needs and a key component in understanding behavior.​


Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) are promising practices for disaster behavioral health response and recovery. Both PFA and SPR were developed by the National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, as well as other individuals involved in coordinating and participating in disaster response and recovery. PFA and SPR intervention strategies are intended for use with children, adolescents, parents and caretakers, families, and adults who are survivors or witnesses exposed to disaster or terrorism. PFA and SPR can also be provided to first responders and other disaster relief workers.​








 Contact Information

Cheryl Benefield
Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator​​
Phone: (404) 651-7179
Email: cbenefield@doe.k12.ga.us​
 
Jeff Hodges
Program Specialist
Safe and Supportive Schools
Phone: (404) 463-7891
Email: jhodges@doe.k12.ga.us​

Contact us at schoolsafety@doe.k12.ga.us​​​

Find us on Twitter @GaDOEWellBeing​