Helping Parents to Parent in the time of COVID-19

Last updated: 09-04-2020

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Helping Parents to Parent in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for parents and caregivers. It is essential is essential health care providers have effective strategies to empower families during these trying times. Participants will learn evidence based interventions that will enhance family resiliency and have utility in their clinical practice in the midst of this pandemic, and beyond.

After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Identify key strategies for discussing COVID-related stress and anxiety within families and youth across developmental levels

2. Identify practical strategies and techniques to address youth behavioral disruptions and concerns at home

3. Identify practical strategies and techniques for parent-focused well-being and self-care for managing stress, anger, guilt and other emotions

Presenter: Sandra Pimentel, PhD is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Associate Director of Psychology Training, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She launched and is Director of the Anxiety and Mood Program (AMP), a specialty training program in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department.

From 2007 through 2015, Dr. Pimentel held the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center, where she served as Senior Psychologist and Associate Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. At CUCARD, Dr. Pimentel coordinated the externship and postdoctoral fellowship training programs, focused on the clinic's program development, and managed day-to-day operations of this specialty clinic for anxiety. Previously, she was a T32 Postdoctoral Training Fellow at New York State Psychiatric Institute (2004-2007) where she focused her research efforts on dissemination of evidence-based treatments.

Dr. Pimentel specializes in cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT) for children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and behavioral difficulties. She provides comprehensive assessments and consultations and individual, group and family therapy.

Advanced training and mentorship is at the core of Dr. Pimentel's professional interests. Her research interests have focused on the dissemination of evidenced-based interventions for child and adolescent disorders and the evaluation of the most effective strategies for training and transporting treatments to school and community settings. Throughout each year, she delivers multiple professional training workshops on CBT for anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior disorders in youth, as well as workshops for parents and community organizations. Dr. Pimentel served as a CBT consultant for community- and school-based clinicians throughout New York State and for the New York State Office of Mental Health's statewide clinician training initiative. She was named a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar.

Dr. Pimentel is actively involved in professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies where she has served as the Coordinator of Convention and Education Issues, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee, Chair of the Public Education and Media Dissemination Committee, and most recently having been elected to the Board as Representative-at-Large. She also volunteers for community-based programs and is involved in multiple community engagement initiatives in the Bronx.

Please email SocialWorkCEU@montefiore.org at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled workshop date to inform us you are unable to attend, and you will be issued a full refund. A 5-dollar processing fee may be applied.

If the workshop is canceled by the Montefiore Social Work Academy, the event will be rescheduled within 12 months – if you cannot attend the alternatively provided date, you will be issued a full refund. A 5-dollar processing fee may be applied.


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