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Action-Oriented Approaches to Support Children, Adolescents, and Families During the Pandemic

This presentation underscores the unique set of mental health and social challenges for families as a result of COVID-19. The emphasis is on how we can use action-oriented approaches such as play, expressive arts, and trauma-informed sports to support children and parents/caregivers to empower and support resilience and restoration of the self.


  • Define at least three mental health issues for children and adolescents due to the pandemic
  • Identify at least two impacts of social isolation on children and adolescents
  • Cite at least three impacts on parenting and caregiving due to the pandemic
  • Describe how trauma-informed sports can be used as a counseling strategy
  • Explain how hip hop therapy can be used as a therapeutic strategy
  • Analyze how Theraplay® can be used as therapeutic strategy
  • Demonstrate action-oriented approaches to reducing fear and anxiety in children and adolescents
  • Name at least two action-oriented approaches to self-regulation for children and adolescents
  • Discuss how to support co-regulation in children and parents/caregivers

Dafna Lender, LCSW

Dafna Lender, LCSW is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna’s expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families with attachment in many settings: at-risk after school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna’s style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. She is as likely to break out into song as engage in serious intellectual discourse.

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J.C. Hall, LMSW is a Hip Hop artist and social worker who runs the Hip Hop Therapy Studio program at Mott Haven Community High School, a “second-chance” transfer school in the South Bronx. In 2013, starting in an old storage room, J.C. built a professional recording studio in the school to provide youth the opportunity to engage in the therapeutic process through writing, recording, producing and performing their own music. The origins of the program are chronicled in the award-winning short documentary "Mott Haven," which showcases the efficacy of Hip Hop therapy in addressing grief and trauma in the wake of a school tragedy.

Over the years, the significant effect program participation has had on students’ socioemotional development and academic achievement has led to the studio more than doubling in size and investment. In addition to running the program daily, J.C. advocates for the use of Hip Hop therapy in his writings, in the press and at professional conferences internationally. J.C. has also developed a website ( to honor his late mentor Dr. Edgar Tyson, the originator of Hip Hop therapy, with the hopes of it serving as a centralized resource for those interested in learning about the approach.

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Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT holds a doctorate in research psychology and is a clinical mental health counselor, and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. Dr. Malchiodi is the author of 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. She is the founder and director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that provides education and training on expressive approaches to psychotherapists, counselor, coaches, educators, and somatic practitioners. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. To learn more about her work and publications, see www.cathymalchiodi.comand

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Lou Bergholz

Lou Bergholz is the chief knowledge officer at Edgework Consulting, has spent the last 20 years working on creating trauma-sensitive interventions in the US and abroad that apply academic research and clinical practice to populations, often without reliable access to definitive clinical care, including at the Justice Resource Institute, CARE International, and Street Soccer USA in Gaza and Thailand.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

Action-Oriented Approaches to Support Children, Adolescents, and Families During the Pandemic

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 90 Minute Lecture


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