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Training the next generation of social workers at UH-Downtown

UHD students studying social work learn how to help kids still experiencing pandemic-related grief and trauma.


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Marc Williams
UH-Downtown social work students participate in a training for trauma and grief.


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Some 3.5 years have passed since COVID-19 first arrived in force here in the Houston area. While we were all affected by the pandemic and the response to it, some were much more directly impacted than others, including children.

Earlier this month, the University of Houston-Downtown hosted training for their social work students in collaboration with the Hackett Center for Mental Health. The training focused on grief and trauma specifically related to children affected by the pandemic.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn meets up with UH-D Social Work Program Director Dr. Dawn McCarty and students Veronica Hernandez and Leticia Barrios to talk about what they learned and what interested the students in the field in the first place.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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