25 Science-Based Practices for Parenting During COVID-19 (9/21/20)


This is a live virtual training being held via ZOOM.
There is no cost for this event.

Presenter: Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, PhD, Founder of Little House Calls

Date: September 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern

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25 Science-Based Practices for Parenting During COVID-19 with Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, PhD

In this training, Dr. Hershberg will discuss science-based approaches that parents and caregivers can use to best support children of all ages and developmental stages during this challenging time. Participants will learn how to interpret both their children’s, and their own, emotions and behaviors through the lens of collective trauma, with an overarching focus on promoting healthy coping skills and building resilience. Within this context, concrete tools and strategies, pulled from various literatures (e.g., Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Buddhist Psychology) will be presented.

In this training, you will:

  • be able to define collective trauma, and describe its impact on emotions and behavior.
  • be able to list four factors that have been shown to predict children’s resilience in the context of trauma and stress.
  • develop a basic understanding of what it means for children (and adults) to be “regulated” or “dysregulated” in their emotional and behavioral state, including:
    • Fundamental workings of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
    • How to identify their own and their child(ren)’s current state
    • How these states impact the effectiveness of parenting approaches
  • be able to implement a series of concrete, accessible science-based tools that will model and foster healthy coping skills and resilience in their child(ren) during COVID-19.
About the presenter

Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in early childhood social-emotional development and mental health, and the founder of Little House Calls Psychological Services, PLLC.  Prior to her current work, Dr. Hershberg was the Director of Early Childhood at Ramapo for Children and the Director of Training and Quality for Healthy Steps at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, an infant and toddler preventive mental health program that gained national and international attention for its integration of early childhood mental health professionals within primary care pediatrics. While at Montefiore, Dr. Hershberg held an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, through which she taught both pediatric residents and medical students.

Dr. Hershberg is the author of the Tantrum Survival Guide (Guilford Press), and has been published widely, including in The New York Times, and on Parents.Com, TODAY Parents, Modern Loss, Big City Moms, and the website of the Child Mind Institute. She has been featured as a guest on several podcasts, as well as on WAMC Public Radio and Good Day Wake Up. She frequently gives talks and workshops for parents, and is known for her engaging, pragmatic, and often humorous style.

Additional Course Information

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of ongoing, elective foster parent training credit in a group setting for Kentucky foster parents.

If there are two adults in the same household that want to participate in this training, each person must register separately. Foster parent training credit is administered based on the duration of the meeting and each attendee’s participation. In order to receive credit, participants must be on video and visible to the moderators during the event.

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Upon registration for this training, the Zoom URL link located within the course module will grant you access to the live interactive training. A reliable internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, or computer with web camera is needed to participate.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Karen Bowman at karen.bowman@uky.edu or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).