Jennifer Mervyn, MA, PhD
SickKids CCMH Learning Insttitute
April 26, May 3, 10 and 17, 2021 | 1 to 4 p.m.
This training will look at the impact of toxic stress on the brain. This webinar will examine strategies to build resilience for children and youth under the age of 25 to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as best as possible and to reduce young people’s risk for mental health and addictions issues. Participants will also have an opportunity to engage with a panel of guest speakers who have struggled with the stressors of the pandemic and fought to overcome toxic stress by using innovative strategies in each of their disciplines.
This training is suitable for:
Educators: Teachers, ECE, school administration, support staff
Mental Health Professionals: psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers.
Medical Professionals: nurses, psychiatrists, pediatricians and family doctors
Direct Service Workers: Drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers.
First Responders: Police, firefighters, paramedics
Level of training: Introductory
Client age category: birth to adulthood
Covid related content: This webinar will address the neuroscience of isolation and how young brains have potentially been impacted by social isolation and quarantine conditions over the past few months, and what we can keep in mind to promote resilience.
• identify the differences between positive stress, tolerable stress, and toxic stress
• learn about the potential structural and chemical impacts of toxic stress on neurodevelopment and understand the research on the impacts of social isolation in the brain
• identify how resilient brains are built
• identify some best practice examples from across various sectors on how to promote resilience in youth