While everyone has been affected by COVID-19, parents and caregivers have been hit especially hard.

With moms and dads navigating a pandemic of uncertainties – child care, the safety of face-to-face learning, concerns about whether children can keep up after months of online school – their feelings of anxiousness, frustration and confusion are completely valid and normal.

Now North Dakota parents and caregivers are invited to join LSSND and our team of trained crisis counselors (who are also parents) for “Parenting in a Pandemic,” a free online group discussion about navigating the parenting challenges created by COVID.

This supportive, open-ended discussion will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, through the Zoom videoconferencing platform. The discussion will encompass parents’ commonly expressed issues and concerns – from managing stress, supporting children’s mental health and navigating decisions about returning to child care or school, to everything in between.

The virtual event will create a compassionate space for parents to connect with others who are having similar experiences and to share coping skills and advice. Terri Burns, team lead of LSSND’s Project Renew initiative and a mother of two, will facilitate, along with:

• Katie Krueger, a licensed master social worker at Abound Counseling, who has extensive experience working with children and families – particularly children with behavioral or mental health concerns.

• Jennifer Boeckel, a Bismarck-based licensed master social worker with a doctorate in social work, who is a mom of two and has focused on child and family mental-health throughout her career.

• Sarah Wicks, Abound’s Jamestown-based master social worker, who is a mother of three boys and has significant experience in maternal mental health, including perinatal and postpartum issues.

Burns describes the event as an open-ended discussion that will be led primarily by participants. “Participants can expect connection with other parents in the same boat, an empathetic space to discuss their experiences – both good and bad – and discussion of coping skills for both children and parents. We don’t want it to come across as a seminar,” Burns adds. “It’s more about holding space for people to talk about how they’re doing.”

“Parenting in a Pandemic” is free, but registration is required, as we would like to keep the online group small so people feel comfortable sharing, if they desire. Register by Sunday, Aug. 2 through the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PrhOr4nRRz6tv-p-Ktkohg

This online event is part of Project Renew, a partnership between LSSND and North Dakota’s Behavioral Health Division, which offers phone-in crisis support, education and referrals at no cost to anyone with COVID-related stress or concerns. Learn more about the overall project at www.projectrenew.nd.gov or by emailing renew@lssnd.org.

Project Renew adds 2nd LIVE virtual event for parents, at no cost, Aug. 13

While everyone has been affected by COVID-19, parents and caregivers have been hit especially hard.

With moms and dads navigating a pandemic of uncertainties – child care, the safety of face-to-face learning, concerns about whether children can keep up after months of online school – their feelings of anxiousness, frustration and confusion are completely valid and normal.

Now North Dakota parents and caregivers are invited to join LSSND and our team of trained crisis counselors (who are also parents) for a second session of “Parenting in a Pandemic,” a FREE online group discussion about navigating the parenting challenges created by COVID. This supportive, open-ended discussion will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, through the Zoom videoconferencing platform. The discussion will encompass parents’ commonly expressed issues and concerns – from managing stress, supporting children’s mental health and navigating decisions about returning to child care or school, to everything in between.

The virtual event will create a compassionate space for parents to connect with others who are having similar experiences and to share coping skills and advice. Terri Burns, team lead of LSSND’s Project Renew initiative and a mother of two, will facilitate, along with (please note new panel):

Tina Jacobs is the provider relations coordinator for Abound Counseling. Tina holds a master’s in counseling and spent several years working closely with children and families in crisis. She is the proud parent of a 2-year-old son and an 18-year-old foster daughter; additionally, she is expecting a second son later this year.

Christy Cellmer-Bushy is a family coach at LSSND and mother of two. Christy has experience with children, adolescents and adults in the mental-health field as well as expertise in domestic violence, sexual assault, criminal justice and crisis intervention.

DeNae Haagenson, a licensed professional clinical counselor with Abound Counseling, has been providing mental health services to children and families for the past seven years, focusing on trauma. In addition to her extensive professional experience, DeNae is a mom of four.

Burns describes the event as an open-ended discussion that will be led primarily by participants. “Participants can expect connection with other parents in the same boat, an empathetic space to discuss their experiences – both good and bad – and discussion of coping skills for both children and parents. We don’t want it to come across as a seminar,” Burns adds. “It’s more about holding space for people to talk about how they’re doing.”

“Parenting in a Pandemic” is FREE, but registration is required, as we would like to keep the online group small so people feel comfortable sharing, if they desire. Register for this second session through the Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/ProjectRenew2

This online event is part of Project Renew, a partnership between LSSND and North Dakota’s Behavioral Health Division, which offers phone-in crisis support, education and referrals AT NO COST to anyone with COVID-related stress or concerns. Learn more about the overall project at www.projectrenew.nd.gov or by emailing renew@lssnd.org.

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