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Psychodynamic Perspectives on the Impact of Covid on Children & Families

October 23, 2021 | Virtual

This event is presented by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.
[Contact Hours: 2]

Early registration ends September 30th at 11:30pm

Date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am EDT   [8:00 am CDT | 7:00 am MDT | 6:00 pm PDT]
Fees: Tickets $0 - $40
Refund Policy: Refunds up to 7 days before event. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.
Location: Online - ZOOM meeting link be emailed to AAPCSW members.

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This seminar will help practitioners understand and frame the impact of COVID on children and families from a psychodynamic perspective.

About this event

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the lives of people around the world, with some populations experiencing its repercussions with greater severity due to numerous factors, including demographic, economic, and/or developmental. For many children and their families these factors have had a compounded effect, resulting in stress within the family system and potentially influencing the children’s development. This training’s goal is to help practitioners understand and frame the impact of COVID on children and families through the use and application of psychodynamic concepts. In addition, there will be a discussion focusing on the unique impact that COVID has had within the Latinx population.


Melissa D. Grady, PhD, LCSW

Photo of Melissa D. Grady, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Melissa D. Grady received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Smith College School of Social Work. Her research areas are in the translation of evidence-based practice and on the prevention of sexual violence. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications written on these topics and has presented at numerous international, national, and regional refereed conferences as well as provided a number of continuing education trainings for various organizations. In addition, she serves on local and national committees, including the Area 2 Representative for the local ATSA Chapter – MARATSA, and on several editorial boards, including as Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse, and is the Editor in Chief Elect for the Clinical Social Work Journal. She has been an active practitioner for over 20 years and maintains a private practice in Washington DC. Her clinical experience includes both work in the public mental health and private sectors. She has worked with clients who have committed sexual crimes and who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management, as well as other mental health issues. She is Associate Professor at Catholic University’s National School of Social Service where she teaches in the areas of mental health, clinical practice, clinical theory, and research methods to masters and doctoral students.

Mr. Randall O’Toole, MSW

Portrait of Randall O'Toole, MSW

Mr. Randall O’Toole received his MSW from Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS), where he is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at NCSSS. At NCSSS, he designs and teaches advanced year clinical theory and practice classes to masters students and serves as the director of the MSW Online Clinical Program at NCSSS. In addition to his role on the faculty at NCSSS, Mr. O’Toole is actively involved in clinical training programs within the Washington DC area, including as the co-chair of the Clinical Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP) in Washington D.C., where he teaches classes on psychodynamic assessment, attachment and neurobiology, and trauma; as a faculty member of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy program at the WSP where he teaches courses in developmental psychotherapy, transference and countertransference, and engaging parents in clinical work with children and adolescents; and as a faculty member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) in D.C., where he teaches a series of courses on neurobiology and psychodynamic treatment. In addition to his roles as a trainer and mentor to students and clinicians, he has been an active clinical practitioner for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors specializing in work with children, adolescents, and families. He has a particular interest in using an attachment framework to work with families that have experienced disruption and working with families that have participated in international adoptions. Mr. O’Toole’s scholarly works focus on issues related to clinical practice and theory.


Dr. Cesiah Hernández, PsyD, LCMHC

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Dr. Cesiah Hernández tiene un doctorado en Psicología general (2012), Master en Ciencias (2004), ambos en Estados Unidos. Es Licenciada en Psicología de La Universidad de La Habana Cuba (1984). Es Facilitadora del Circulo de Seguridad para Padres (2016). Es Licenciada en Salud Mental y consejera en el Estado de Carolina del Norte donde actualmente radica. La Dra. Hernandez tiene una amplia experiencia en el trabajo con niños de diferentes culturas hispanoparlantes que sufren problemas de comportamiento, emocionales y del desarrollo, así como con niños que caen en el espectro autista. Ella tiene una gran experiencia clínica liderando grupos de terapia con clientes en riesgo de hospitalización, y ha llevado a cabo terapia individual, de pareja, familiar, uso y abuso de sustancias, manejo de la agresión y habilidades para mejorar la paternidad. Además, ha publicado Ejercicio de Convivencia, (2020) edición bilingüe, editorial Betania. Actualmente prepara una versión ampliada de la argumentación de este libro. Reside en Estados Unidos.

Dr. Hernández has a PsyD in General Psychology (2012), Master of Science in Psychology (2004), both in the United States. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Havana Cuba (1984). She is A Facilitator of Circle of Security Parenting (2016). She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of North Carolina where she currently be located. Dr. Hernandez has extensive experience working with children from different Spanish-speaking cultures who suffer from behavioral, emotional and developmental problems, as well as children who fall on the autism spectrum. She has extensive clinical experience leading therapy groups with clients at risk for hospitalization, and has conducted individual, couples, family, substance use and abuse therapy, aggression management, and parenting skills. In addition, Dr. Hernandez has published Coexistence Exercise, (2020) bilingual edition, Betania editorial. She is currently preparing an expanded version of the argument for this book. Resides in the United States.

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