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Thursday, September 22, 2022
12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT

I Don't Know How to Navigate My Child's Worries About Bullying

As we continue to evolve with an ever-changing world, mental health challenges have become more prominent than ever. In this “I Don’t Know How” Series presented by the Center for Resilient Families at Arizona State University & Mental Health America, we explore difficult topics such as trauma, depression and more to equip parents with tools to navigate and provide support for various mental health conditions. Funding for this series is provided by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

In part one, “I Don’t Know How to Navigate My Child’s Worries About Bullying”, we’ll learn about how a parent can recognize warning signs, seek resources and become a resourceful ally to children starting the school year with social challenges.

Meet the Speakers

Rubén Parra-Cardona, Ph.D is Associate Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Area Director of Research at the UT Austin Latino Research Institute . He has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions program for Latino immigrant families. Parra-Cardona currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research.

Dr. Abigail Gewirtz is a child psychologist, mother of four, leading expert on helping families cope with trauma and the author of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Children (Workman, 2020). She is Foundation Professor in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University. Dr. Gewirtz has worked as a clinician, researcher, program developer, and trainer of providers, and is the author of more than 100 publications. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, Dr. Gewirtz has conducted research in the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and has been invited to speak widely, in the U.S. and across the world, on parenting in times of stress.

Jaimee Virgo is a full-time working mom with 2 children, a 13 year old son and 10 year old daughter. She will share her son’s experience with cyber bullying as well as the in-person bullying he endured at school. She will discuss the many challenges she faced when working with the school as well as the mental health impact on not only her son, but on the whole family.