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IHR is Here to Help

Parent–Child Services

Dear Provider,

We know that these are very difficult times in so many ways. The Institute for Health & Recovery and the Parent–Child Services team wants you to remember that we are here to support your programs.

We understand that treatment right now looks nothing like treatment did even one month ago, and for that we want you to remember we are here for you and to help you think of how to best approach recovery and support for parents in your programs.

Especially in times when things feel uncertain, where parents may not be able to see all of their children in person, or may very well be taking care of all their children while they are home from school, how we support clients in their parenting matters the most.

Although we cannot come in person to programs, we are still available to meet with staff in groups or individually and to provide support. We can use telephone, conference calls, or video calls to conduct these meetings.

We are available to provide:

  • Stress Reduction: Working with groups of staff members to discuss the impact of the pandemic and identify and practice strategies, tools and resources to maintain wellness in this difficult time. Moreover, to remember the parallel process it is of utmost importance that staff feel supported so that they are able to provide the support for parents.
  • Creative Treatment: Discussing the many obstacles that exist in providing treatment as usual, and exploring creative ways to support clients, connect with parents and help parents connect with their children and families. This can be through games and activities, or brainstorming ideas for programs to help build up connection, despite the health and safety limitations required during this pandemic.
  • Videos and Online Resources: Creating training content that staff can watch from the office or home to both address treatment needs now, and future treatment goals and objectives in supporting parents in their programs.

Please reach out if there are ways we can be of support to you, your staff and programs. Some resources we feel might be of help to you are below.

Omer Mendelson, LICSW
Parent–Child Services Coordinator

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus Disease 2019

Provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. Available in Spanish and Chinese languages.

Available at

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

Offers activity ideas to parents and caregivers whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

Available at

Online resources that can be shared with children under the guidance of their parents or caregivers

Online resources for Parents & Caregivers

How to talk to children about Coronavirus, tips for balancing work, child care and self-care, tips for managing worry and anxiety, parent/caregiver and child.

  • How to talk to very young children about the coronavirus by Zero to Three
    Available at
  • Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource by the National Association of School Psychologists
    Available at
  • Helping Children Cope with COVID-19 by Psychology Today
    Available at
  • Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus by Hand in Hand Parenting
    Available at

Child Mind Institute and Child Trends also have a lot of resources related to coping and emotional well-being: