COVID-19 Losses and Gains of Teenagers

The impact of COVID-19 on adolescents (ages 13-18) continues to be significant. Many young people have experienced the deaths of those close to them, sometimes multiple deaths in their family or community. The non-death losses for this age group are myriad, as many important life experiences and milestones have been modified or missed altogether. Most of the current research on the pandemic has either not focused on adolescents or has been conducted outside the United States.

Dr. Servaty-Seib and Dr. Malone will review the existing research that does exist on the psychosocial impacts of COVID-19 for adolescents and will also report findings from their current study focused on assessing adolescents’ perceptions of losses and gains associated with the pandemic. Going beyond symptoms, an emphasis on loss/gain perceptions can suggest direction for facilitating grief and enhancing resilience and possible transformative insights and growth. By capturing adolescent voices, this gain/loss framework will provide important information and interventive strategies for counselors and other mental health providers, teachers, and parents. 

Live: April 6, 2021 and on demand for one year
Time: Noon-1:30 pm ET

Continuing Education: 1.5 hours for a wide variety of professional boards included with registration and available until April 5, 2022.
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Expert Panelists: 
  • Heather L. Servaty-Seib, PhD, HSPP, is a Dean’s Fellow for Analytical Assessment in Purdue’s Honors College. She is also Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Educational Studies Department of the College of Education where her primary scholarly areas include adolescent/college student bereavement, loss/gain impact of life events, and support and communication in the grieving process. Read more.
  • Pamela A. Malone, PhD, LCSW-S, Fellow in Thanatology maintains a private clinical practice in which she provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Her book, Counseling Adolescents through Loss, Grief, and Trauma is published by Routledge and available at Amazon. Read more.
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