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Don't miss the JANUARY Network Meeting!

Date:   January 20, 2021

Time:   8:30 am

Topic:  Coping with Uncertainty

Register: Email jstragand@wiu7.org for zoom link access to the meeting.

Impact Speaker:

 Dr. Pavel ‘Somov

Pavel ‘Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA, and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of these books have been translated into Dutch, Chinese, Estonian, & Portuguese.  He is on the Advisory Board for The Mindfulness Project (London, UK) and on the Advisory Board for Evergreen Certifications for Mindfulness-Informed Clinician Certification and for Shame-Informed Treatment.
Over the years, Dr. Somov conducted a variety of continued education workshops domestically and internationally on the topics of mindful eating, perfectionism, anger management, and mindfulness applications for addressing worry, dysthymia, insomnia and substance.  Somov’s work has been discussed in a variety of radio interviews (eg Martha Stewart's Radio/Whole Living,  Fully Alive!, etc.) and mentioned in a variety of print publications (eg Martha Stewart's Body + Soul Magazine, Orpah Winfrey's O Magazine, etc). 
Somov grew up in Moscow, Russia, and after service in the Soviet military, immigrated to US in 1991. 
His clinical website is drsomov.com and his booksite is pavelsomov.com

Looking for support during this time of crisis?

Parents and Families...

The WIU7 TaC Team in partnership with state and local experts, brings you these FREE Webinars "F.A.C.E Together." These brief webinars offer help in supporting students' emotional health while navigating barriers the COVID crisis presents.

 

 

 

 

Originally aired 12/4/20 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally aired 10/12/20 

Click here for the presentation slides-

Part 1 Slides

Part 2 Slides

Thanks to all who joined us for our virtual

1st annual awareness walk on 6/20/20!

Click the link below to watch the recording of the event.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QUX3xjf4IRG-CMDTCUT3BIKEE7PW0RwL/view?usp=sharing

 

The presentations below offer many resources to help navigate instructional and wellness activities for students while they are away from school.

Self-Advocacy

"Trauma-Informed Parenting"

Mental Wellness/Self-Care for Educators and Therapists

"COVID-19 At Home Resources"

Parent Help to Create Structure and Calm at Home During COVID-19

Click Here for Free Videos and Tools for Parents!

Helping Teens Manage Anxiety Around COVID-19

  Supporting Homeless Youth 

and Those in Foster Care

       Pregnancy & Postpartum Peer to Peer

support during COVID-19

Way to lessen emotional distress in children during crisis/emergencies...

  • Consider limiting the amount of media exposure 

  • Encourage children to ask questions and use age appropriate explanations

  • Review safety procedures and preventative measures

  • Make and keep a schedule while at home and away from regular activities.  Keep meals, bedtime and other routines as close to typical as possible

  • Model calm

  • Take time to have FUN and enjoy time together

Check out these ideas for family fun!

For age specific signs of distress and interventions go to NCTSN's Parent/Caregiver Guide

Can you focus on doing
NOTHING for two minutes?
Studies have shown that listening to nature sounds and practicing mindfulness can calm your fight or flight response and allow your body to relax
Take the 2 minute Challenge!

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