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Back-to-School but Not Back to Normal: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Student Mental Health during COVID-19

Leading expert on trauma-informed approaches to support staff and students, Dr. Isaiah Pickens to discuss ways to support students during this free webinar on September 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET

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NEW YORK, September 16, 2020 – Now more than ever, students are experiencing traumatic events including social, emotional, and economic impacts from COVID-19 and civil unrest in their communities. Because of this, school districts are under increased pressure to develop trauma-informed, culturally-responsive programs for their students. Often, however, they don’t know where to begin. This upcoming webinar can help.

PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online behavioral and mental health services for K-12 schools, is partnering with Dr. Isaiah Pickens, CEO & Founder of iOpening Enterprises, a professional development and media company that implements trauma-informed and culturally responsive classroom strategies for schools across the country, to discuss how these practices can be used to meet the unique challenges students face in the 2020-2021 school year. During the webinar, “Back-to-School but Not Back to Normal: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Student Mental Health during COVID-19” on Tuesday, September 29 at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT, attendees will hear from Dr. Pickens and Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, clinical director of psychoeducational services at PresenceLearning. Topics will include: 

  • The impact that current events are having on students’ behavioral and mental health
  • Strategies to identify students who are most at risk and who would benefit from various approaches
  • Practical tools and resources to help schools navigate this challenging landscape and best support students

“It is incredibly stressful to be a middle or high school student right now. They have been isolated from their friends, they are coping with ever-changing schedules and structures, their families are coping with health and job changes, and their communities are processing the challenges of racial inequity. We are excited to bring the expertise of Dr. Isaiah Pickens to schools through this webinar, to help them navigate this challenging landscape and learn strategies and tools they can implement to support their staff and students,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker.

“School districts are under increased pressure to support students who have been impacted by current events. Now, more than ever, it’s critical that schools embrace practical trauma-informed and culturally responsive strategies that will help staff and students navigate and excel during this time,” said Dr. Isaiah Pickens, CEO & Founder of iOpening Enterprises.

To attend the upcoming webinar, register now.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online behavioral and mental health services and special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2.5 million teletherapy sessions to hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across the U.S. through its network of more than 1,300 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Bain Capital Double Impact, Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, and New Markets Venture Partners. For more information, visit  


Christine Lynch, Public Relations for PresenceLearning

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