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COVID Conversations: The Next Steps
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Shalom Austin professionals, your friends and experts in the field of public health and wellness for a conversation about the next steps in our lives as we continue to live with COVID-19. When will we be able to gather again as a community? How can we begin to undo the social and emotional damage we have experienced as a result of living in isolation with an extended sense of anxiety? What do we say to our children about safety before they leave for camp this summer and school next fall? Join us for this important COVID conversation!
Presented by our Shalom Austin Rapoport Center and Jewish Family Service teams.
Welcome by Rabbi Amy B. Cohen and Rachel Stern: 10 minutes
Medical Focus with Dr. Selinger: 20 minutes including Q&A
Questions to begin with: If anything happens in the news between now and the event related to COVID, we will want you to discuss that, but the questions below are a start.
- We are seeing COVID-19 illness and mortality rates increase throughout the world and the US (India, Michigan), should we expect a third “wave” here in Texas this summer, and why is this happening?
- When does the CDC expect that the United States will have reached herd immunity?
- What is your advice for speaking with family or friends who are choosing to not get vaccinated and if we are vaccinated, is it safe to visit with non-vaccinated adults?
Introduce breakout sessions and leaders:
Breakout sessions: 25-35 minutes
Dr. Alyssa Gilden, Ph.D., LSSP
Talking to our Children about the changes ahead. Transitions are hard for adults and can be even tougher for our children. What should we say to our children if we decide to fly on a plane this summer for the first time in over a year, or if we decide not to? What if our teenagers are ready to go to summer camp but also experiencing anxiety about living with others who are not yet vaccinated? Join Dr. Gilden in a discussion about these topics and more, bring your questions about your children’s emotional well being during these challenging times.
Lee Rogers, LCSW
Undoing the Damage: How can we begin to undo the social and emotional damage we have experienced as a result of living in isolation with an extended sense of anxiety? In this session, JFS Therapist, Lee Rogers, will explore the emotional and physical habits many of us fell into during COVID and explore ways to undo that damage and restarting new healthier habits in our lives.