Parenting in the Storm

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Let’s face it, things haven’t been easy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us have experienced financial hardships, fear and worry about an uncertain future and struggles to keep up with the pace of school and work during a time of intense pressure and uncertainty. We’d like to invite you to join our expert panel to address the stress, challenges and difficulties faced by parents and students during the pandemic and offer some practical advice and solutions as your children head back to school.

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InterACTT consultants Dr. Brian Van Brunt, Dr. Tammy Hodo, and David Denino shared with you some practical guidance from their areas of expertise. Dr. Van Brunt has been a practicing counselor, child and family therapist and has lectured on issues of mental illness and threat assessment. Dr. Hodo brings years of experience as an instructor and speaker on issues of diversity, racial tensions, and sociology. David Denino has been a practicing director of counseling for college students for decades and is involved in American Red Cross leadership and on-site response to disasters from Katrina to Sandy Hook. Together, they present on the challenges facing us all, with a specific attention to the unique challenges of raising a child in today’s pandemic landscape.

Parents in the program were provided:

  • An awareness of how elementary, middle, and high school children react to chronic stress, financial tensions, and academic and career uncertainty

  • Clear and practical advice on what helps (and what doesn’t)

  • Guidance on what to look for in terms of more serious concerns such as acting out, aggressive behavior and suicide

  • A review of how people have experienced the pandemic differently when it comes to issues of culture, privilege, and access to services (such as transportation, food, shelter, and medical care)


The program itself was offered live over Zoom on Wednesday, September 29th from 6-7:30pm. The presentation will be closed captioned and available as a recording if you are unable to attend on the date given. Following the program there will be an audio podcast available for download, a copy of the materials presented, a summary of questions and answers, and a transcript of the program.

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Dr. Brian Van Brunt

Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

As an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment and mental illness, and instructional design, Brian (he/him/his) will bring you the information you need to better protect your school environment from harm. Author of over a dozen books, Brian has spent time as child and family therapist, university professor and a partner at a violence and sexual assault prevention law firm. He currently serves as the assistant deputy director of training at Secure Community Network which represents the safety and security needs of the Jewish Federation.

This program is funded by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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