These are stressful and anxious times. Even when not experiencing a global pandemic, nearly half of all parents say their children are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. Without tools to help children manage these feelings, anxiety and stress, children may begin to display mental health issues and behavioral problems. This workshop will address how stress and anxiety related to pandemics, crises and disasters impacting students and the specific and practical techniques to assist counselors in working with students to manage the stress and anxiety in their lives. In addition, helpful suggestions in working with parents, administrators and educators to combat their students’ stress and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 virus will be discussed. After attending this lecture, Participants will design effective strategies to decrease the stress and anxiety response in students including; calming techniques.
Dr. William DeMeo is a Developmental Neuro Psychologist who has a private practice that specializes in serving children and families that other agencies are not able to serve. William has coordinated the mental health services for Cincinnati Public Schools’ Early Childhood Program for the past 25 years. With his experience in working in one of the largest school districts in Ohio and his neurological background, he has unlimited experience in helping students combat stress and anxiety associated with pandemics, crises and disasters. In addition, he has been trained on the Critical Indicators of Stress Management Model (CISM).