February’s Third Thursday
The Center for Safe Schools at Center for Schools and Communities welcomes you back for its upcoming Third Thursday webinar on February 18 at 3:00 pm. This month we will examine finding meaning and balance during these unprecedented times.
COVID-19 has changed our world. The current situation may be temporary, but things will never go back to what they once were. While grief is typically understood in the context of death, it can follow any type of loss. Many of us are grieving the loss of our jobs, our connection with others, and even the collective loss of our normalcy.
David Kessler, author and world-renowned expert on grief, explains that many people are experiencing grief on multiple levels including “anticipatory grief” or anxiety and feelings of loss about what is to come. During times of grief, we often struggle with finding meaning in the situation that can affect our ability to eventually experience peace and hope. Embracing a new “normal” requires resilience and “tragic optimism” – optimism about the future even in the face of tragedy.
February’s Third Thursday webinar explores the loss that has occurred because of the pandemic and how participants can understand and manage the stages of grief including Kessler’s sixth stage, finding meaning. Characteristics of crisis-related stress will be explored along with protective factors and activities to manage stress and promote resilience and guide us down the path of hopefulness. Strategies to build self-efficacy toward emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing will be shared along with effective ways to communicate and support others who need the same level of support.
The event is free but registration is required.
This high quality learning series is possible in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Safe and Humane Schools Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life Clemson University, and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. Approved for Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer recertification, Act 48 and NASW credits.
Center for Safe Schools is an initiative of Center for Schools and Communities, a division of Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.