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Vol. 2 No. 1 (2022): The New England Journal for Relational and Systemic Practice: Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Children and Families

COVID-19 has had a multi-systemic impact for many families. 

There have also been disruptions in children’s environment for typical social emotional development. Closures of schools, youth’s centers, childcare centers, and many other settings have been a part of an effort to contain the virus. These environments are critical for social learning and emotional well-being in early adolescents. For some kids, these settings provide a structure to their days that they would otherwise not have. What's more, some of these youths live under chronic pre-existing strains, including structural racism and oppression, which have impacted families for several generations.

In the same storm, but not in the same boat.

What have your experiences been in working with young children during this time? Share your knowledge as we understand the multi-layered impact of COVID-19.

Published: 2022-02-27

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One of the gaps in information for therapists, and therapeutic treatment, is that we do not know what other therapists in our own community are doing. NEJRSP is hoping to bridge that gap by giving therapists a vehicle and a voice to talk about what works. 

In practical terms, it would be interesting to know:

  • How are therapists and their clients in Chelsea and Lawrence are coping during this pandemic?

  • How are therapists adapting to Zoom meetings? What are the elements of Zoom that are therapeutic? What are the limitations of Zoom to the therapeutic process and the problems of risk?

  • Has anyone found a way forward with overworked parents struggling with their own work while providing education and child care at the same time?

  • Has anyone begun to effectively treat the vicarious trauma of our health care workers?

  • How are therapists talking about race, identity, and sexuality with their clients now? How are clients talking about race, identity, and sexuality with their therapists?

  • How are community mental health therapists, directors, and administrators adapting systemically to the pandemic?

  • When police officers attend therapy, do they talk about their perspective on Black Lives Matter? What do they say?

These are local issues, and much more.

Let us publish your ideas about your own day to day work, and the insights you gain from month to month, and year to year.