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Friday, October 8, 2021

Creative Interventions for Individuals, Families, and Professionals Coping with COVID-19 Stress 

(Children through Adults)

Date: Friday, October 8, 2021

Time: 9:30a-4:30p (Program)

Type: Live Webinar

Credits: 6 CEUs (NY​S LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Location: Zoom

Instructors: Dahlia Rifkin LPC and Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D

Cost: $149pp, $99 Early Bird (register by 9/8/21), 3+ Group (same organization) $119pp, Grad Students $30 


In this workshop, the presenters will discuss how the trauma of the global pandemic affected and continues to affect children, families, schools, and professionals, and what to expect as families and children transition to this new academic year with ongoing COVID-19 stress. Research tells us that creative activities help coping following community disasters, and in this workshop we will present some creative interventions using movement and visual arts to foster expression of feelings and build family and community cohesion.

Grieving for what was lost continues as the world starts to return to a new normal. We will discuss how to process reactions of grief, anxiety, fear, and depression, as children, teens, families and teachers begin to transition to this new academic year.

Interventions will focus on helping children, families, schools, and mental health professionals understand what they HAVE, who they ARE, and what they CAN DO. Telling narratives that involve highlighting mastery and self-efficacy will be discussed.

This workshop is appropriate for therapists working with adults, families or children and for school personnel who will be interacting with children as they return to school.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify how the trauma of the global pandemic has affected children, families, schools, and mental health professionals.

• Describe common feelings of depression and anxiety associated with ongoing COVID-19 stress and identify essential tasks for navigating these symptoms.

• Demonstrate creative interventions that address grief, fear, and anxiety and promote health and resilience for individuals, families, and communities.


Dahlia Rifkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Her therapy practice, Moving Families Forward, serves clients in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, and specializes in helping children, teens, couples, and 

families dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and family conflict. She utilizes a trauma informed, strength-based and 

embodied approach in her work, combining Dance/movement therapy principles with Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy. 

She uses creative arts interventions to join with clients, help them connect their minds and bodies, practice healthy communication, and foster stronger relationships. She is a faculty member at the Ferentz Institute, and has led numerous workshops on movement 

and trauma. Her book, Rebuilding Hope Through Movement, explores creative interventions for children and communities who have experienced community disasters.

JOYANNA SILBERG, Ph.D is, the president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence and scientific consultant to CHILDUSA. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse. She is past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD). She has presented nationally and internationally on child abuse, psychotherapy, and protecting abused children in family court. Her newest book, The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation (2013, new edition to be

 released (2021) received the annual media award from ISSTD.

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