Life After Quarantine: Helping Teens Move Forward

Due to school closures and stay-home orders related to COVID-19, Washington state youth abruptly went home from school in mid-March – and stayed there for the rest of the school year. Then, even with the stay-home order phasing out, most summer plans were shelved or modified, school won’t be like it was pre-coronavirus, and the world is a much, much different place.

Welcome to life after quarantine, where teen clients are bored, lonely and lethargic. For many, depression, anxiety, substance use, self-harm and other concerns have increased. For some, worries about the future have grown into existential dread. As the pandemic continues, these impacts will surely increase.

We’ll begin this highly interactive training by reviewing the past few months, considering the impact of lost rites of passage, and exploring practical ideas for decreasing the boredom and lethargy. We’ll also explore ideas for helping teens express and ultimately accept feelings of social isolation, disappointment about cancelled events, worries about the safety of family members, and that growing existential dread.

Along the way, we’ll review the latest coronavirus news, identify strategies for managing our own anxieties while helping others, and consider practical ideas for providing the best care possible during this unprecedented time.