Clinical Strategies During Covid:
The Practice of Social Work with Children, the Elderly, and Communities of Color
April 16, 2021
9:30 to 11:00
via ZOOM
Join us for this valuable and practical virtual training.

Hosted by NASW/CT’s Clinical Network, we welcome three clinicians to discuss strategies and techniques to use with children, older adults, and communities of color during these difficult pandemic times. The webinar will offer overviews across age and culture as each presenter highlights their specific population and will then permit attendees to join a breakout room of their choice for a deeper dive into discussion. The options below will be on the registration page.
Christine Montgomery, LCSW, Vice President of Community and School Based Services at the Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven and educator on complex trauma, toxic stress, and promoting trauma informed practice, will explore the impact of COVID 19 on children from birth to 17. Children are experiencing disruption of routine, grief over missing significant life events, loss of safety and security, and upheaval of their schooling. Discussion will explore ways to help ease the pain of these uncertain times, explore ways to reduce long term impact on children’s mental health, and provide conversation starters to use with clients.
Molly Rees Gavin, LCSW is past president of Connecticut Community Care, a statewide nonprofit that identifies choices and provides services to help people of all ages, abilities, and incomes to live at home.  While research has identified the extraordinarily negative impact of isolation on older adults, COVID 19 brought the isolation to another level altogether! The risk of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse has grown while available caretakers has decreased in large numbers while social isolation, elimination of visiting hours, and quarantine expectations have all added to the mix of unprecedented isolation. Discussion will center on consistency of contact, brainstorming solutions with the client and colleagues, networking solutions, and available resources.

Bryan Hall II, LCSW has worked in child welfare, adult probation, and law enforcement and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Sacred Heart University School of Social Work. He has been instrumental in the development and facilitation of anti-racism curriculum and for incorporating an anti-racist practice lens in human services and law enforcement. Attendees will understand the multiple levels of impact of the pandemic on the daily lives of persons of color on both an individual and community level of color. Specific interventions on the micro and macro levels to provide relief and recovery will be discussed.
Approved for 1.5 Cultural Competency CECs
$25 NASW Members
$45 Not Yet Members