While not specifically COVID-19 related, there is an excellent article available online on visual tools for social work assessment. Regardless of the focus of your work, this is a very helpful overview and can be accessed by clicking here.
Conspiracy theories abound when it comes to vaccines, yet vaccines are scientifically proven to be safe. Why are some people prone to conspiratorial thinking and what can we do to turn people to rational thought, instead. Find the link to the podcast here.
Often, when we scratch beneath the surface of someone who is anti-vaccine, we find conspiracy theories abound. We are also seeing them grow during the time of COVID. Why are anti-vaxxers prone to conspiratorial thinking and what can we do to turn people toward rational thought, instead? You can listen to this episode by clicking on the link here.
Toolkit for mental health and well-being remote support from the Youth Access website – get the link here.
Ehmar and Pitas writes about Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19. Social capital provides a number of benefits during crisis scenarios, and high social capital communities respond more efficaciously than those with low social capital. With this in mind, we argue that the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic may be hampered in many American communities by deficiencies or disruptions in social capital brought about by physical distancing. Read the rest here.
SAGE journals has made available a host of free articles on COVID-19 related issues – access it all here.
Understanding the psychological responses to quarantine can help social workers be more effective in their work with people affected by COVID-19. Read the article here.
Neff and Germner share 10 self-compassion exercises that we can all do to sane during these difficulties times – read the article here.
Anna Borges writes about 17 things that are totally normal to feel right now, and excellent resources for therapists that helps to frame normal feelings in a time of abnormality. Read it here.
Dealing with grief and loss in the time of Corona virus – link to the resource here.
How does Brene Brown run emotionally intelligent Zoom sessions? Read about it here.
Digital Wellness for Social Workers in 4IR – a free onlince course for social workers that earns 2 CPD points with SACSSP. Click here for the link to the website.
The NASW has compiled an excellent list of resources and updates for social workers in dealing with the COVID19 crisis, including self-care tips, resources, materials and articles. You can find the information by clicking here.
There is an excellent video available on Vimeo by Dr. Kamdar on Website Manner and “video visits”. This is very interesting and practical and definitely worth watching. Click here to link to this resource.
What happens when the COVID pandemic leaves clients feeling helpless? Dr Bessel van der Kolk talks in this video about the “pre-traumatic cloud” that we are all living under and the link between helplessness and trauma. Link to the video by clicking here.
In this Youtube video, Dr Russ Harris talks about how to deal with the Corona virus crisis and the fear and worry that goes with it. Click here to jump to the video.
Covid-19: Assessing the Socio-economic effect of the Corona virus Pandemic. A well written research paper by John Gospel Edoho and Mfon Unyime Young. Available to download for free via Google, Facebook or via e-mail. Click here for the link.
The Story of the Oyster and The Butterfly: The Corona Virus and Me: Ms Ana M Gomez, wrote a 30 page children’s book to explain the corona virus and the impact thereof in an age-appropriate way to younger children. One of the best I’ve seen with beautiful illustrations! Click here to follow the link to the FB group and search for Ann Beckley-Forest’s post in order to download the pdf book
Looking for a way to help children understand the Corona virus? Rachel Eshel is a lisenced psychologist, but wrote a Corona-hero worksheet/ activity to explain the abrupt changes the COVID-19 brought, to her own 3-year old daughter. Click here for the link.
Do your clients prefer videos? Let The Dr Binocs Show from Peekaboo Kidz explain to your children what the Corona virus is. The video is approved by the CDC and WHO. Click here for the link.
Looking for all in one? A germ called Corona – a short guide for children by Fernando Gonzalez is a guide for children which explains what the Corona virus is, the effect it has on our lives and how you can keep yourself safe. The guide further offers suggestions on activities to do while you are at home to keep calm. Click here for more information.
Clients constantly ask you how to talk to their children about the Corona virus? Here is a one page resource with some tips that might help – click here.
Do you have parents who are unsure how to talk to their children about the COVID-19? Maybe they are not sure how to explain to their children what it going on and how to continue functioning as a family during these difficult times? Here is an article you can refer them to: Parenting with COVID-19 – it is short, but to the point – click here. Another resource to help – click here.
Children experiences a variety of emotions during this time. Vaughn, K & Dugan, E (2020) created a colouring book for children which can help them deal with their emotions (fears), whilst also providing lots of fun. Click here for the link.
Empowering clients to talk to their children about emotions relating to the Corona virus: Dr Emily Keller created a resource to learn parents to deal with their children’s emotions by creating a fictional story based on her own experiences with her 6- year old son. Click here to link to the resource.
The spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare in 2020 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The following pamphlet provides tips on strategies useful to deal with the emotional impact of the ongoing public health emergency on children and adolescents – click here.
A lot of parents have been concerned about the mental wellbeing of their children during these distressing times. I’ve recently seen a good resource titled “How can I keep my child mentally well during the COVID-19 pandemic” and sent it to some of my parents. Maybe it can help some of your clients too. Click here for the link.
Another wonderful resource to provide to parents is provided by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Guide on Talking to Children on COVID-19. This resource consists of a variety of tips and suggestions for parents regarding the current events and there are additional links to resources on coping strategies regarding these current events – click here.
Clients constantly asking you what they should do with their children during this lockdown period? Here is a giant list of ideas – click here.
A mental wellness workbook for children and their parents during quarantine: This workbook was compiled by a group op mental health therapists in Albuquerque, New Mexico to support families while they are at home during the 2020 Coronavirus quarantine. The activities, worksheets and strategies can be used to facilitate emotional regulation, open discussion and healthy relationships in the home. Follow the link to the FB group and search for Joanna Eric Lopez’s post in order to download the pdf – click here to link.
Free workbook for professionals: includes narrative games and mindful activities for kids aged 6-11 to manage their emotions, written by Lavinia Costantino with the contribution of Dr. Fabiana Cazzaniga: “Once upon a time there was a virus…” Click here for the link.
Nicole Batiste created a workbook titled “Beating the Corona virus 20 seconds at a time”. This workbook is created in a journal format and consists of various activities the therapist / practitioner can use to assist the client – just click here.
Another resource on stress management, by Gina M Biegel states that having a stress management plan during this time, is just as important as taking care of your hygiene. Click here for the link.