Staying Close from a Distance: Strengthening Social Support Amid COVID-19


[Recording of this training will be uploaded here once ready.]

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 26th, 2020, 12:00pm-1:30pm


Dr. Susan S. Witte (Bio)
Dr. Carolina Vélez-Grau (Bio)


Social support is among the most important aspects of human relationships and a central component of healing and wellness. This training is designed to examine social support—an exchange of assistance through social relationships— in its many forms, and as it has become at once compromised, yet more important than ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We will examine the impact that the pandemic has had on our ability to connect socially and the consequences of this impact; and explore how we may help individuals, families, and communities to maintain, restore and strengthen social networks as we adapt to new social norms with resilience.

Objectives: After completing this training participants will be able to:

  • Name and identify forms of informal and formal supports; and predominant theories informing the role of social support in health and mental health.
  • Describe the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has compromised social support across cultures while forcing new, emerging meaning and types of support.
  • Describe, use, and train others in the use of an online social support network mapping tool (SSNM) developed for evidence-based health promotion interventions and social work practice.

More details and registration:

LIVE WEBINAR w/ Limited Capacity- Please note that this event is open to the public and being recorded for educational and professional development purposes.


  • Donations will go to CSSW students facing immediate crises including food insecurity, housing insecurity, or other unexpected COVID-19 related expenses.
  • To donate please CLICK HERE

1.5 CE for NYS-, NJ-, and CT- licensed social workers. Other states, please confirm with your licensing board as many other states accept our social work CE. SEE DETAILS on the registration site.

***Tickets are available until 10:30am on 5/26/2020 OR when capacity is reached***


  • I registered for “Staying Close From A Distance” Tuesday 12pm. Was put on the waiting list, then later the same day I was notified that I was moved from the waiting list to an accepted registration. But then I could not get back in to any associated site to confirm my “wait list registration”. I DO want to attend this event. If possible please confirm my accepted registration and directions for signing in to the event.
    Thank you very much.
    Fran Uhlenhopp CUSSW ‘67

    • Huimin Herling

      Hello Fran, sorry for the delayed reply. I hope that you’ve successfully attended the workshop. For future reference, please email [email protected] to inquire about registration information. Have a good one!

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