COVID-19 ACTION | TRAININGS | Loss & Grief in Real Time: The African American Experience with COVID-19

May 21, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Join special trainings offered by CSSW faculty as part of their COVID-19 ACTION initiative; open to the School of Social Work’s community.

About the Approach

Psychoeducational models draw on an evidence-based approach and can be adapted for multiple settings and populations. The approach can be tailored to fit specific circumstances and focuses on a learning exchange between facilitator and participant. It is strengths-based and attends to coping, stress management, increased insight, grief and loss, social support, and personal and community advocacy, while maintaining a social justice and anti-oppressive perspective.

About the Session

Led by Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry M. Katherine Shear (bio), who is the founding director of the Center for Complicated Grief (CCG), CCG affiliate Nicole Alston (bio), and Senior Pastor Johnnie Green (bio), this session will cover the challenges of having a loved one die during the COVID-19 pandemic and how we might meet them. The death rate for Black Americans is 2.7 times higher than the rate for Whites. Thus the focus of the webinar will be on the lived experience of grief in the African American community. We will also discuss the likelihood of elevated rates of prolonged grief and strategies that might help mitigate this.