Reestablishing Student Social–Emotional and Mental Health During a Pandemic

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. better understand the effects of crises and the COVID-19 pandemic on student mental health, as well as implications for students prone to experiencing social–emotional difficulties.
  2. increase knowledge about best practices following crises, with an emphasis on how school communities reestablish a sense of safety for their students.
  3. learn about SEL and mental health tools and interventions which they can adapt for their own school community to help students cope and regain a sense of safety during and after a pandemic.


This presentation will discuss crisis-related school closures, with an emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn about best practices in crisis response, including social–emotional learning and mental health interventions that address student pandemic-specific concerns like anxiety, depression, challenges adjusting to changes in routine, and crisis-related trauma. Presenters will provide resources and recommendations related to reestablishing student well-being during and after a pandemic, which school psychologists can use to improve practices in their own schools.



Hana Polachek, Loyola University Chicago
Sara Alavi, Loyola University Chicago
Sharnequa N. Hunter, Loyola University Chicago
Ashley M. Mayworm, Loyola University Chicago


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