On Finding a Place to Tether: Our Children's Mental Health with Fairfax County School Psychologist, Dr. Joshua Kefer
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Dr. Joshua Kefer brings decades of experience to this conversation with The Two Jess(es). Packed full of helpful information, this episode is also equal parts a therapy session as Dr. Kefer alleviates many of Jess and Jess' fears about the psychological impact the current pandemic, and virtual school setting may be causing for our children.

Dr. Kefer reminds us to pay attention to how we may be projecting our own fears and anxieties onto what our children are really experiencing, and brings with him a beautiful reminder to find something to tether ourselves to, because our children are tethering to us. 

If you are scared about how this is all affecting your school/college aged children, then spend some time with Dr. Kefer, he will make you feel like it really is going to be alright. 

Resource List:
Check out Dr. Kefer's Recommendations!

Mental Health Resources

Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds Podcast

EAP Resources for Staff

Kognito Trainings


Self-Care:

§   Coping with Stress

§   Self-Care During COVID

Community Treatment

Community Service Board – Mental Health Concerns

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/about/merrifield-center

Mobile Crisis

https://www.cr2crisis.com/

 Online Resources and Tools

American Psychological Association (resources)

https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19

 National Association of School Psychologist (resources)

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19

 Virginia Department of Health (resources)

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

CDC – Resources for anxiety

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managin

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