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Coping with Return to School During Covid-19

Parents and caregivers around the country are facing a new challenge attributable to Covid-19 —  the return of children to school.  These challenges include the uncertainty regarding the structure of remote, virtual and/or in-person learning as well as some who will need to make very difficult decisions about whether to send their children back into the classroom or on the school bus (if they have the option to choose).  There is no ideal scenario and families face a new level of disruption as they struggle to balance work and home life.

For many families, sending children back to school is a significant departure from the isolation or semi-isolation of the past months.  These activities may be accompanied by anxiety, fear and emotional distress.  Virtual or remote learning presents additional challenges.  We are here to support you in understanding and managing these feelings and to provide some techniques for making decisions.  We will discuss risk assessment and risk management, how to gather information on which to make a decision and techniques to cope with the evolving dynamics of return to school.  We will also discuss tips to help kids manage this unique back to school season. 

Please join us for a conversation with Blue Cross psychologist, Dr. Alan Cusher, and Blue Cross child and adult psychiatrist Dr. Tracy Mullare, to learn about these issues and resources accessible to you and your family during this time. You can also submit your own questions both upon registration and during the event.

Alan Cusher, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and member of the Physician/Psychologist Review Unit at Blue Cross with many years’ experience in psychology/neuropsychology. He provides grief and loss counseling to individuals and groups as well as general counseling in his practice in Shrewsbury and Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center in Framingham.

Tracy Mullare, MD is a dually board certified child and adult psychiatrist and a member of the Physician/Psychologist Review Unit at Blue Cross.  She is the Medical Director of outpatient services for Iris Telehealth as well as a  child psychiatrist for the McLean Southeast Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program.  She is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Date and Time:  September 9th, 2020;  12PM – 1PM EST

Registration Link: Return to School Webinar