The COPE Series [Challenges and Opportunities in a Pandemic Era]

The COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting economic downturn, have negatively affected many people’s mental health. We, as a community, have to act now to address the mental health challenges happening during the pandemic to avoid long term consequences in the future.

JFS is bringing this issue to light by offering a four-part series of free online talks with mental health professionals and guest speakers called The COPE Series [Challenges and Opportunities in a Pandemic Era].

Part 1: Children’s Mental Health

Tuesday, September 15 • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Online

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Join us for part one of this series as we talk about children’s mental health during the pandemic. We’ll talk with a guest speaker and then pick one breakout session to dive deeper into the topic of your choice (see below). Then we’ll join back together for questions and comments.

Guest speaker: We’ll hear from Catherine Widder, a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. She has first-hand experience with mental health challenges children are facing during the pandemic because she is the district wellness coordinator with Alamo Heights ISD. 

Catherine will give straight-forward, compassionate insight into what our children are going through and how to guide them through their mental health challenges.

Breakout Sessions

Have an in-depth conversation with counselors on one of the following topics:

  1. Mindfulness – Discover different coping skills you and your child can do to calm down and reduce anxiety.
  2. Flipping Your Lid – Learn how to recognize and regulate emotions – yours and your child’s.
  3. ACES – Talk about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), such as trauma or a big life experience, impact a child’s mental health development. Learn ways to help your child heal.

Guest Speaker: Catherine Widder, LCSW, District Wellness Coordinator for Alamo Heights ISD

The COPE Series Schedule

September 15 – Children’s Mental Health in a Pandemic

January 14 – Self-Care in the New Year

March 11 – Stigma: Changing the Image of Mental Health Needs

May 13 – Impact of Social Media on Mental Health



Be a year-long partner with JFS by sponsoring this four-part series.

Contact Katy Walterscheidt at walterscheidtk@jfs-sa.org for more information.