Helping Children and Teenagers Thrive during COVID-19: Tips for Parents, Teachers and Counselors




Session Description

This session reviews best practices for children and teenagers during COVID19. We will discuss recommendations for supporting children when social distancing is required, offer a framework for difficult conversations, and focus on strategies to promote wellness amongst children and the adults caring for them. We will also review how to support special populations and identify those who need more.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss strategies to implement routines and structures that support children and families while at home during this time.
  2. Describe best practices for talking to youth about COVID19, supporting those with sick family members, and identifying signs that a child may be at risk.
  3. Discuss strategies for self-care and mindfulness for children and teens as well as parents, teachers and caregivers

About the Presenter

Kristina Sowar, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Kristina Sowar, MD, is an Associate Professor and Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and General Psychiatrist practicing at the University of New Mexico. She completed medical school at the University of Colorado, and then residency and fellowship at the University of New Mexico. She is the Program Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program; she also attends on an inpatient unit, provides electroconvulsive therapy, and leads an outpatient clinic dedicated to care for patients with eating disorders. She much enjoys teaching, mentoring, and providing education to both medical providers and the community. She outside of work enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

Amy Rouse, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Amy Rouse, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of New Mexico. She completed her post-graduate training in pediatrics, adult psychiatry and child, and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University in 2019. She is passionate about improving access to evidence-based behavioral health care, and to that aim has co-developed services integrating child psychiatry into outpatient pediatric settings in Rhode Island and New Mexico. She also works clinically in the inpatient pediatric consult liaison service at the UNM Children’s Hospital and with the Community Behavioral Health Division.

Continuing Education

Continuing education has been approved for ENMU-R, CHW and NASW.  The website will be updated with additional approvals.

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NASW-NWCounselors & Social Worker1.5
CHWCommunity Health Workers1.5
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety, respond to the attendance polls and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion. 


Jun 23 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am




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