College of Psychology utilizes webinars during COVID-19 pandemic
Shark Chats feature faculty, staff, students
As the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the higher education world to the virtual space, NSU’s College of Psychology has responded by creating a series of webinars known as Shark Chats.
Recent Shark Chats have covered topics like mental health strategies for families, utilizing art-based techniques, the benefits of bonding with pets, and developing a coping kit for pandemic-related anxiety. The topics were conceived in part as a counter to misinformation that is being spread about the pandemic, according to Carlos Perez, Ed.D., the college’s Director of Outreach.
“We have an incredible number of individuals at NSU who really understand human behavior, its impact on society and the benefits of positive mental wellness,” Perez said. “To mobilize our people and showcase them has been a privilege.”
Working closely with faculty for years gives Perez insight on which specializations are the best fit for webinars. Some Shark Chats have also highlighted current students and staff members, and some have been recorded in Spanish to reach a wider audience. Due to the timely nature of their topics, some Shark Chats have been popular enough to exceed the audience capacity of the Zoom conferencing software.
Perez said feedback on the Shark Chats has been positive.
“I think that we've touched lives, and for our current students, if we can give them a hand as they continue to complete their studies in this difficult time, we're just being what a university should be,” he said.
To register for upcoming Shark Chats or see videos of past ones, click here.