About this Webinar
We all have been challenged by the world-wide pandemic, especially in areas of home, work, and community. The effects of COVID have been particularly impactful in the lives of children and youth. They have seen so many changes take place at their homes, schools and with the community they live. The impact on school-aged children/youth has been discussed since early 2019. However, the pandemic for some children & youth compounded their traumatic experiences, in particular those children/youth in foster-care.
There are close to 500,000 children/youth in foster care throughout the United States. What we know is that children with unresolved grief & loss enter a foster home, they bring their pain with them. Their main priority is self-protection against future loss and vulnerability. This will be a session where we can share creative ways to keep children/youth connected to health & wellness.
Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT
Solution-Focused Care Senior Scientist at Opeeka
Dr. Randy Sconiers, DSW, LCSW
Owner at New Steps Counseling, LLC
Dr. Randolph Sconiers (Dr. S) is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with at-risk youth. Dr. Randolph is the owner of New Steps Counseling, LLC which is based in South Plainfield, NJ. He has been recognized as one of the top Clinical Social Workers in South Plainfield, NJ by the International Association of Mental Health Professionals. Dr. Randolph’s passion for empowering, servicing, and educating our youth is fulfilled through his professional experiences. Dr. S is the founder of Mental-Hop which focuses on Mental-Health Education through Hip-Hop Culture.
Erin Bruno, MA
Coordinator, Social Emotional Learning/Social Decision-Making Program at Rutgers University
Ms. Bruno is the Coordinator, Social Emotional Learning/Social Decision-Making Program at Rutgers University, University Behavioral Health Care-Behavioral Research Training Institute. Erin consults with school districts across New Jersey, the United States and beyond about their implementation of Social Decision Making (SDM), an evidenced-based practice for Social Emotional Learning (SEL), which has been named an Exemplary EBP by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and has received awards from U.S. Department of Education and the Juvenile Justice Commission.