Social Assistance during COVID-19: Food Security and Income Support

May 26 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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

CEs available. See registration page for more information

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 faculty members Robert Paul Hartley (bio) and John Robertson (bio), this session will describe how the policy response supports vulnerable populations and areas for improvement. Participants will:

  • Understand changes in SNAP benefits/eligibility and advocacy issues
  • Differentiate alternative sources of food assistance and community support understand the roles and funding for various food distribution programs and food pantries
  • Determine relevant benefits of cash assistance and tax credit programs

Subsequent sessions will use a psychoeducational and anti-oppressive lens to address issues related to grief and loss, social support, sleep, interpersonal violence, and stigma as related to the current and ongoing crisis.