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Journal Salon: Growing Up in the Age of COVID-19 through the Lens of Psychodynamic Theory

May 16, 2022 | Virtual

No CEs granted for this program.

Date: Monday, May 16, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fee: FREE (Open to the public)
Location: Virtual via ZOOM.
Questions? Contact Joel Kanter, joel.kanter@gmail.com

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Moderator: Joel Kanter

All AAPCSW members are invited to participate in a discussion with Melissa Grady's and Randall O'Toole of their recent article “Growing Up in the Age of COVID-19 through the Lens of Psychodynamic Theory” published in AAPCSW's journal Psychoanalytic Social Work. It is highly recommended that all participants read the article in advance which can be accessed and downloaded from a link to the journal on the AAPCSW website*.

Article Citation: Melissa D. Grady, Randall O'Toole & Dana A. Schneider (2022) Growing Up in the Age of COVID-19 through the Lens of Psychodynamic Theory, Psychoanalytic Social Work, 29:1, 44-73

Article Abstract: The long-term effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, families, and society are not yet known. For social workers, it is critical to consider how the pandemic is impacting families, and in particular, children and their development. This manuscript applies psychodynamic theory and research on neurobiology to explore some of the potential effects of COVID-19 on children and their developmental trajectories. The discussion of these psychodynamic concepts is also placed within the context of the heightened tensions around equity and social justice issues within the U.S. society. In addition, this article provides guidelines, strategies, and resources for social workers that can be used when working with families and caregivers to mitigate any potential negative effects that the pandemic is having on children and their families. A case presentation is included to further illustrate these issues.


Melissa D. Grady received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Smith College School of Social Work. She is Associate Professor at Catholic University's National School of Social Service where she teaches clinical practice, clinical theory, and research methods as well as maintaining a private practice in Washington DC. Her research areas are in the translation of evidence-based practice and on the prevention of sexual violence. She the Editor in Chief Elect for the Clinical Social Work Journal and is an Associate Editor of the journal Sexual Abuse.

Randall O'Toole received his MSW from Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service where he is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the MSW Online Program. He is also Co-Chair of the Clinical Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry and a faculty member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has been an active clinical practitioner for over 25 years in both the public and private sectors specializing in work with children, adolescents, and families.

(*) To access the article, sign in to the AAPCSW website. At the bottom of the page with “Member Center” at the top, click the link to online access for Psychoanalytic Social Work. Then on the next page, click where it says “Click here to access the journal” and you will get to the journal webpage. Click the link to Volume 29 and Issue 1 (2022) and then click the article to read and download.