By Caitie Switalski
Behavioral Health Associates of Broward the Counseling Centers of Goodman Jewish Family Services, along with Nova Southeastern University, hosted a webinar Monday night about the psychological toll of the pandemic when it comes to going back to school.
Teachers, parents and kids going back to school don’t have their usual routines this year.
Students in Broward County begin the new year with e-learning online on Wednesday.
To help ease some of the anxiety and stress that the pandemic brings, psychologists in Broward County got together for a panel discussion Monday night all about back-to-school nerves.
The pandemic has taken an emotional, educational and psychological toll on many parents and school-aged kids. That stress can manifest in different ways depending on age, according to mental health experts.
“Remember that human beings are resilient,” Dr. Jessica J. Ruiz said. She is the chief psychologist and director for Behavioral Health Associates of Broward (BHAB), the Counseling Centers of Goodman Jewish Family Services.
During the panel, which BHAB hosted in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University, Ruiz said teens and young adults are balancing a lot right now, particularly when social distancing conflicts with feeling more socially isolated. Parents can help guide them to make their own choices.
“We help our children build resilience during times of adversity by helping them build some skills: How we can learn to problem solve, how we can manage our emotions, how we can learn to relax our bodies…” Ruiz said.
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