Self-care strategies have always been important tools in educators’ toolboxes as they manage and meet the expanding needs of their students, often with constricting budgets. With the mandated closing of in-person learning for most school districts around the country due to COVID-19 threats, the social emotional needs of students and teachers have become top priorities. Self-care has become even more important as educators manage their own families’ needs while providing remote learning to their students and responding to parents’ questions and concerns. Given that most states are re-opening with ongoing concerns and questions about staying as safe as possible amid COVID-19 threats, school districts are preparing to re-open as well when school begins.
This webinar presented important self-care considerations and trauma-informed strategies for educators as they prepare to address their own and their students’ emotional and physical needs upon returning to school, whether virtual, in person, or a blend of these two options.
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Dr. Kellie Gray-Smith is a licensed psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology and has practiced for 18 years in large, diverse, urban and suburban public school district settings. She also maintains an active private counseling practice in which she treats emotional-behavioral disorders that include anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, oppositional defiant and conduct disorders, and other conditions that have an onset during childhood and adolescence. In both school-based and clinical settings, Dr. Gray-Smith works with students and staff who have experienced various forms of trauma, suicidal thoughts and/or attempts, along with other life stressors and has helped students and staff acquire effective self-care and coping skills to manage their life stressors. Dr. Gray-Smith is also the author of several courses in our Exceptional Child special education-related course library.