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New Haven Region Mini-Meeting: "PANDEMIC PLAY?? Challenges in Treating Children and their Parents Online"

  • 19 Dec 2020
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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The New Haven Region is sponsoring an 

online mini-meeting 

Saturday, December 19th, from 10:30 - 12:00

This Zoom event is free and open to any

interested members of CSPP.

"PANDEMIC PLAY?? Challenges in Treating Children

and their Parents Online"


Sheryl Silverstein, Ph.D. is an advanced candidate at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, training in both the child and adult tracks.  She has a private practice in Westport and is an assistant clinical professor at Yale, supervising psychiatry residents on their long- term psychotherapy cases. 

Ginny Shiller, Ph.D. has a (virtual) private practice in New Haven and is an assistant clinical professor at the Yale Child Study Center, where she supervises child psychiatry residents in the treatment of young children.

No one doubts that the Covid19 pandemic creates more stress for children and parents while simultaneously limiting parents’ ability to maintain or begin their and their children’s psychotherapies. In this demanding and ever-shifting context, child and family therapists have adapted their work to predominantly online platforms. This transition creates both opportunities and obstacles.

The child psychologists, Sheryl Silverstein and Ginny Shiller, both longtime members of CSPP, will moderate an open-ended discussion of these opportunities and obstacles, welcoming questions from all participants, whether or not they are child therapists. Some of the moderators’ questions include: When and how can children engage in virtual play therapy? What is the value of concurrent parent meetings, also conducted virtually? When might treating the parents only be the most clinically effective way to go? Depending on time and participant interest, the moderators will also engage the many other effects of the pandemic on children and families, including schooling, isolation, and the effects of these on children’s social development, and more generally, parents’ anxiety of the unknown given the unprecedented uncertainty of these times.

Attendance is limited to 15 to allow for greater discussion.

A Zoom link will be emailed upon registration, and again the day before the event. 

Contact Rita McCleary with questions.

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