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The Master Mind Community Conversation Series brings parents together to foster awareness about mental and behavioral issues students face, with special emphasis on those unique to gifted and talented students. Each conversation aims to provide parents with practical strategies for helping students master healthy and affirming behaviors. 

Resilience in Times of Uncertainty:  Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar:  Thursday, August 13, 6:00pm

Speaker:  Lucy Bailey, Behavior Specialist
                School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties

Intense uncertainty can trigger stress, anxiety, and depression.
The first in our Master Mind Series of community conversations about behavioral and mental health, this virtual seminar will address the reasons uncertainty is so emotional.  It will offer strategies for how parents can respond in healthy ways so we and our children can thrive, particularly as we prepare for a new school year unlike any other our children have experienced.


When a Child's Emotions Spike, How Can a Parent Find Their Best Self? - KQED
This reassuring article focuses on the work of Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Normalize Setbacks by Asking Your Kids for Advice When You Struggle - KQED
Adam Grant, organizational psychologist, offers parents a strategy for helping build their child's resilience.

"Resilience and Routines for Families During the Pandemic" - Psychology Today
Mark Bertin, M.D., provides a checklist for sustaining health and well being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Lessons in Resilience from Health Care Leaders during the Pandemic" - Inc.
Leadership Expert and Executive Coach Maya Hu-Chan shares what she learned from healthcare leaders with whom she has worked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"How to Thrive During the Pandemic: 10 Strategies for Resilience Based on Brain Science" - Forbes
Tracy Brower writes about the changing nature of work, workers, and the workplace and shares research-based strategies to enhance your wellbeing and develop resilience.

"Ways to Promote Children's Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic" - Child Trends
According to Jessica Dym Bartlett and Rebecca Vivrette, research over four decades reveals certain protective factors that promote resilience in children.


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
CASEL is a trusted source for research-based social and emotional learning resources.

 Coping with Stress - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC offers several resources and tips that encourage you to focus on your own mental health.

Mental and Emotional Health (COVID-19) - South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC)
In case you are feeling anxious or stressed, SC DHEC provides helpful tips and resources.

COVID-19 Resources - South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH)
The SC DMH provides numerous resources to help you cope with stress and anxiety during these uncertain times.