COPING WITH ANXIETY IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS
An FCCNY Program for Adoptive Parents & Adopted Persons
WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm EDT
WHERE: Register here by April 14 to receive a link and password to the conversation.
Participation is free, but registration is required. Your access link will be unique to you.
(This conversation will include sensitive topics. Recommended for ages 18 and above. This will NOT be recorded.)
Adoption Psychologist Amanda Baden and Psychiatrist Elizabeth Feigelson will be speaking about ways to cope with anxiety—over issues of adoption, coronavirus illness, security, loss, family relationships in close quarters, and more—and addressing your questions in this special FCC online discussion for parents and young adults.
Worried about the impact of the coronavirus on your family? Has it raised tendencies toward anxiety, sleeplessness, or feelings of helplessness, in your household? How should you discuss this with your tweens and teens? Do you find the unrelenting news about loss overwhelming? How do we balance avoidance of the daily blasts of negative news against our need to stay informed? As an Asian American, or parent of an Asian American daughter or son, are you concerned about virus-inspired racism directed at Chinese people? Are you looking for ways to manage your concerns and find support?
You are not alone. While all of these reactions to this global pandemic are 'normal,' we can all feel overwhelmed. Join our supportive community and listen to our conversation with two mental health professionals who will help us navigate together over these troubling, uncharted waters.
Drs. Baden and Feigelson are adoptive parents, as well as professionals who specialize in working with adopted persons and families. While this program is not a substitute for therapy, identifying anxiety and learning tips to cope with it, even expressing our concerns, can help us manage at a time when things seem out of our control.
AMANDA BADEN, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in New York City and holds the rank of Professor in the graduate Counseling Program at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She focuses her research and clinical practice on adoption triad members, transracial/international adoption issues, racial and cultural identity, and multicultural counseling competence. Dr. Baden, has written extensively on adoption issues and created a model of identity for transracial and international adoptees called the “Cultural Racial Identity Model.” She is one of the editors of the book entitled, The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families (Sage Publications). Dr. Baden served as a Senior Fellow for the Donaldson Adoption Institute, an independent adoption research and policy organization. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Rudd Adoption Research Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
ELIZABETH FEIGELSON, MD, is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works as both a private practitioner and school consultant in both New York City and Westchester. She completed both her adult and child psychiatry training at the Payne Whitney Clinic in New York City. She has participated in panels exploring issues related to adoption, diversity, resiliency, education and integration of social, emotional, and meant health in children and adolescents. As an adoptive parent, she has both personal and professional interest in understanding mental health issues in adoptees and within families formed through adoption.
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