Finding System Resilience through COVID-19

Event Details:

Over the last year and a half, we’ve all experienced changes and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  For individuals working within the helping professions – first responders, social workers, and individuals connected to the child welfare safety net – the emotional weight of the pandemic can take a toll, and impact our ability to continue to serve New Jerseyans in greatest need to the best of our ability. 

In this series of online skill-building webinars hosted by the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, you will participate in a conversation around “Finding System Resilience through COVID-19.”  As part of these two virtual events, you will:

  • Learn about the challenges that individuals connected to the child welfare system continue to face, how stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 can affect mental health, and how the trauma associated with COVID-19 may remain with workers in their personal and professional lives after COVID-19.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the emotional consequences and trauma associated with COVID-19, and felt by children, families, and, in particular, minority communities in New Jersey.
  • Learn about the implications of COVID fatigue, coping with grief and loss, and other strategies to assist with the burdens of COVID in the future.
  • Discover ways to counteract the lasting negative effects of COVID-19 and reduce trauma by promoting methods for increased wellness in the workforce.

Registration (REQUIRED and FREE):

We are happy to announce that there will be no fee to participate in these conversations and that participants may choose to attend one or both webinars.  However, you must register for each conversation you wish to attend.  Only registered participants will be able to view each webinar and be eligible for CEUs for attending the live presentations.

Participants should click the button below each date to register.  Once you have registered, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with the webinar information to save to your calendar. Look for an email from ( Make sure to check your Junk/Spam folder if you don't see it.

If you encounter any difficulty while attempting to register, call (609) 652-4270 for assistance, or email

Zoom Webinar Information:

Only registered participants will receive the link for these Zoom webinars.  If you're not familiar with the Zoom virtual meeting platform, please CLICK HERE and check out the instructional videos on how to join a Zoom meeting and configure audio/video settings on your device. Webinars do not require the use of a camera, just audio so you can hear.

Conference Resources:

Click Here to View the 10/19 Presentation.

Click Here to View the 10/28 Presentation.

Conversation #1:

Mental Health & Trauma

Tuesday, October 19 |  10am to 12pm


Click HERE to view the recording.

Janet Cahill, PhD
Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

 Conversation #2:

Grief & Self-Care

Thursday, October 28 |  10am to 12pm


Click HERE to view the recording.


Jennifer Vazquez, LCSW
Mary L. Pulido, PhD


Continuing Education:

Each conversation will  offer 2.0 Clinical or Cultural Competency Contact Hours of Continuing Education (CE) for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

Stockton University's BSSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is approved to offer continuing education credits for social workers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Connecticut for licensure and certification renewal. Stockton University, Office of Continuing Studies is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0635.


Guest Speakers

Click on our Speakers' names to view their biographies.

Janet Cahill photo

Janet Cahill, PhD

Professor Emerita, Rowan University 
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Cahill will discuss the challenges that individuals connected to the child welfare system faced and continue to face during this time, how stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 can affect the mental health of these individuals in particular, and how trauma can affect the personal and professional lives of those working in the child welfare system after COVID-19. 

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Allen E. Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Online and Offsite MSW Programs, Director of Minority Male Mentoring (M3), Student Success Allies (SSA), California State University Northridge

While COVID-19 has taken a toll on the child welfare system workforce, the negative effects of COVID-19 have also been felt by the children, families, and communities whom they serve.  Dr. Lipscomb will discuss how the pandemic has affected minority communities and how the trauma caused by COVID-19 can be addressed.

Mary Pulido photo

Mary L. Pulido, PhD

Executive Director, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

COVID-19 has and will continue to negatively affect the mental and physical health of New Jersey’s child welfare system workforce.  Dr. Pulido will discuss ways to counteract these effects and reduce trauma by promoting methods of increasing wellness for those in the field of child welfare.

Jennifer Vazquez photo

Jennifer Vazquez, LCSW

Individual & Child/Family Therapy, Center for Bereavement Counseling

Photo by: Emiliano Vazquez Photography

After 18 months of living with COVID-19, many people have developed what has been called “COVID fatigue”.  Ms. Vazquez will discuss how to cope with COVID fatigue, grief and loss, and offer strategies to assist with the burdens of COVID in the future.



Conference Host Agencies


The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first Cabinet-level agency devoted exclusively to serving and supporting at-risk children and families. It is made up of about 6,600 staff who are focused on and committed to assisting and empowering residents to be safe, healthy and connected.



The purpose of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect is to study and develop recommendations regarding the most effective means of improving the quality and scope of child protective and preventative services provided or supported by State government.



The Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI) at Stockton University is facilitating logistics for this event.  The mission of CWEI is to support the ongoing transformation of the public child welfare system through social work education and professional training.  Our vision is safety and well-being for the children and families of New Jersey.


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Need Assistance?

For any questions or concerns regarding the registration process or the event itself, 
please call (609) 652-4270 or email

Stockton University 
Child Welfare Education Institute
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205