How Do I know We’re Still Friends? Navigating Peer Relationships During COVID-19

Date Aired: Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:00pm to 6:00pm (PST)

Presenter: Amy Morse, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist, Integrated Primary Care Team

Presenter Bio: Dr. Amy Morse is a Pediatric Psychologist at CHOC Children’s Hospital where she provides individual and group therapy services to children and teens experiencing chronic medical conditions. She also participates in the supervision and training of externs and interns. Dr. Morse has experience treating youth across the spectrum of mental health care, from mild anxiety to chronic, debilitating depression. In addition, she has presented at national and international conferences on the importance of delivering high-quality services to young patients. Dr. Morse previously worked in the field of Child Life at hospitals on the east and west coast before pursuing a career in pediatric psychology. She is committed to the emotional well-being of youth and access to high-quality mental health care for the children and adolescents of Orange County.

Presentation Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that youth interact and interpret social relationships. This presentation will discuss the characteristics of positive peer relationships. Participants will explore common misperceptions that can occur when communicating through social media. Strategies to safely interact on social media will be reviewed. Parents will be introduced to techniques to help increase positive social interactions and breaks from technology.