DSW Candidate –Brittany Smith, LCSW, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 on Adolescent Mental Health in the U.S.

DSW Candidate –Brittany Smith, LCSW

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 on Adolescent Mental Health in the U.S.

This 2024 Capstone Project focuses on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health in the U.S. The intent of the Capstone Project is to provide insight into key trends of adolescent suicide rates and behaviors and their relationship to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a focus on identifying the factors contributing to post-COVID-19 adolescent suicidality. Particular attention is given to the disparities among racial and ethnic minority youth as recipients of mental healthcare. Intersectionality between youth, suicidal behaviors and post-pandemic symptomology will seek to be identified and understood.

Additionally, evidence-based measures for intervening upon and treating acute mental health crises in adolescents are addressed. Current gaps in the system and interventions to address systemic gaps are suggested.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the pre-pandemic mental health crisis among adolescents and the impact COVID-19 has had on mental health and suicidality.
  2. Identify risk and protective factors for adolescent suicidality
  3. Examine evidence-based practices for crisis intervention and identify gaps in the system

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.